As most readers know by now CBS News via 60 Minutes allegedly deceptively edited a segment on Florida Governor Ron DeSantis to smear him and accuse him of a pay for play vaccine distribution scheme, as the Western Journal reports:
In responding to claims that he essentially offered the Florida grocery store chain Publix priority to vaccine distribution — after the company donated money to him — DeSantis set the record straight, but not in the way too many Republicans do when they find themselves media targets. The 42-year-old went on offense Tuesday, rather than find himself stuck playing defense against institutional media bias that takes no prisoners.
“All [CBS] were looking to do was a hit job on me to try to smear me just because I’m in the other party than them,” DeSantis told Fox News. “That’s the only reason.”
“You know, they’re based in New York. What do they do with the Governor of New York who’s in their party? They do puff pieces. They do all this stuff,” DeSantis rightly pointed out.
“Would you rather get a vaccine as a senior in Florida or up in New York?” he asked, referring to his state being the only one to use common sense and vaccinate seniors first. “Obviously, we’ve done a much better job of protecting seniors. A lot of people were leaving New York to try to come and get vaccines here.”
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The governor then nailed the once-great program for the ash heap that “60 Minutes” has become.
“So, this is partisan corporate media and I think at this point these people like this reporter they’re basically ambulance chasers with a microphone,” he said. “They are not trustworthy. They lie. We know they’re lying, they know that we know that they’re lying and yet they lie and they lie and they lie.”
Today Florida Governor Ron DeSantis hit back at the leftist corporate media for their alleged smear campaign against him:
“— that showed that their narrative was a piece of horse manure and it shows you how dishonest — these are smear merchants. That’s why nobody trusts corporate media. They are a disaster in what they’re doing. They knew what they were doing was a lie. I knew what they were doing was a lie. Everybody here knows what they were doing is a lie. They know that we know they’re lying, and yet they continue to lie. And they lied and they lied and they lied. We’ve offered them the information and they declined to interview the key people because they didn’t want to let go of the narrative. Well, guess what? There’s going to be consequences for that. We’re not — I know corporate media thinks that they can just run over people. You ain’t running over this governor. I’m punching back.”
CBS News is not backing down however and defends their reporting, as The Blaze reports:
CBS News defended its reporting on “60 Minutes” that deceptively edited comments by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis to bolster their accusation that he had abused his power to benefit a political donor.
After facing public outcry over the controversial segment, CBS released a statement justifying the report.
“When Florida state data revealed people of color were vaccinated at a much lower rate than their wealthier neighbors, 60 MINUTES reported the facts surrounding the vaccine’s rollout, which is controlled by the governor,” the statement read.
“We requested and conducted interviews with dozens of sources and authorities involved. We requested an interview with Gov. Ron DeSantis, he declined; We spoke to State Emergency Management Director Jared Moskowitz twice, but he declined to be interviewed on camera for our story until well after our deadline. The idea we ignored their perspective is untrue,” the network statement continued.
“Counter to his statement yesterday, we also spoke on the record with Palm Beach County Mayor David Kerner,” the statement added. “For over 50 years, the facts reported by 60 MINUTES have often stirred debate and prompted strong reactions. Our story Sunday night speaks for itself.”
Many noted that the statement didn’t address the damaging accusation from the Democratic mayor of Palm Beach County who said that CBS neglected to include his comments defending DeSantis. The statement misleadingly implies that Kerner accused “60 Minutes” of not seeking his comment.
“No retraction, no correction, no apology. They’re standing by this dreadful work, which might constitute actual malice, given Kerner’s accusation, which they haven’t refuted. Disgraceful,” responded Fox News contributor Guy Benson.
Grab some popcorn, this looks to be fun, and Ron DeSantis cannot lose here.
ARTICLE SOURCE: thefederalistpapers.org