When the mainstream media does a hit piece on you, you know you are making progress in politics. They only do pieces like that when they fear you.
That is what happened to Florida Governor Ron DeSantis over the weekend when CBS’ “60 Minutes” aired a garbage piece of journalism conducted by correspondent Sharyn Alfonsi in which she omitted crucial information in an obvious attempt to tie Governor DeSantis to a pay-for-play scheme involving supermarket chain Publix and the distribution of the coronavirus vaccine.
Alfonsi spent three months in Florida trying to dig up dirt on DeSantis and focused most of her attention on vaccine distribution in Palm Beach Country. Alfonsi tried to paint Palm Beach County as a hotbed of corruption in which wealthy Palm Beach residents were cutting the line and receiving the vaccine before poorer/minority communities.
Obviously, if that happened, it would be wrong and should never have happened. But CBS tried to create a controversy regarding Governor DeSantis supposedly giving supermarket chain Publix an exclusive deal to distribute the vaccine because Publix donated to his gubernatorial campaign.
If Ms. Alfonsi would have actually taken the time to do basic reporting, she would know that CVS and Walgreens got first dibs to administer the vaccine in long-term care facilities and that the Democrat-led Palm Beach County health department and county commissioners were the ones to suggest Publix as distribution sites to the public.
That makes sense because anyone that lives in Palm Beach County (including yours truly) knows that a person can’t turn around without running into a Publix. There are so many Publix locations in Palm Beach County that 90% of the elderly live within 1.5 miles of one of their stores.
It would be tantamount to malpractice if the state didn’t use Publix for vaccinations.
DeSantis is damned if he does, damned if he doesn’t. He would have been criticized by the media for not using Publix for vaccination sites as well. He’s a Republican governor, so he can’t win with these people.
However, the “60 Minutes” hit piece was so egregious that even CNN called them out on the carpet for it.
That’s right, fake news CNN. If CNN thinks that you have gone too far Left on the fake news spectrum, you know you have lost any remaining vestige of journalistic integrity.
CNN reported, “‘60 Minutes’” is facing backlash for a story it aired Sunday on Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis — including from the supermarket chain Publix and two prominent Democrats in the state.
As part of a larger story about Florida’s vaccine rollout, the renowned newsmagazine program spotlighted a recent $100,000 donation that Publix made to DeSantis’ re-election bid.
The story, by correspondent Sharyn Alfonsi, suggested there was a possible link between the donation and the state’s partnership with Publix stores for vaccine distribution — a serious issue of foul play, if true.
But, beyond spotlighting the public finance records, ‘60 Minutes’ never offered any substantive evidence to support the significant assertion and link the donation with the partnership.”
“60 Minutes” “reporting” is just another example of journalism being dead in America.