Perspectives: Ron DeSantis Criticizes '60 Minutes' For Report

Headline Roundup April 6th, 2021

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis called CBS News journalists "smear merchants" who spread a "horse manure" narrative after CBS aired a 60 Minutes report that criticized DeSantis's vaccine rollout and alleged he funneled vaccines to rich communities while using a privatized system that benefited political donors. "These are smear merchants. That's why nobody trusts corporate media. They are a disaster in what they are doing," DeSantis said in a press conference Tuesday. The 60 Minutes segment claimed that DeSantis made a deal to distribute COVID-19 vaccines to the grocery store chain Publix after the company made a $100,000 donation to DeSantis' committee. The segment suggested there was a possible link between the donation and the state's partnership with Publix stores for vaccine distribution; however, no other evidence beyond speculation was provided in the 60 Minutes segment. On Monday, DeSantis' office said, "Florida partnered with Publix because they were ready to administer the vaccine in their pharmacies in a matter of days, whereas other pharmacies were not ready."

Outlets on all sides of the spectrum criticized 60 Minutes. Some voices from the right heavily criticized CBS and 60 Minutes, calling them "biased" and "disgraced," while some on the left said 60 Minutes' mistake would give DeSantis the boost he needed for his reelection campaign in Florida, and even a potential Republican presidential nomination in 2024.

Perspectives: Ron DeSantis Criticizes '60 Minutes' For Report

From the Center
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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) tore into journalists working for CBS News, calling them "smear merchants" and accusing them of peddling a "horse manure" narrative about the coronavirus vaccine rollout in his state.

"These are smear merchants. That's why nobody trusts corporate media. They are a disaster in what they are doing," DeSantis said during a press conference in Panama City on Tuesday morning. "They knew what they were doing was a lie."

On Sunday evening, CBS reporter Sharyn Alfonsi presented a far-ranging report for "60 Minutes" that criticized...

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From the Left
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OPINION

On Sunday night, as part of a broader piece about the vaccination efforts in Florida, "60 Minutes" correspondent Sharyn Alfonsi noted that Publix, a grocery store that had partnered with the state to distribute vaccines, had also donated $100,000 to Gov. Ron DeSantis' 2022 reelection campaign.

It was a passing mention, without any other facts or context to back it up. Just that Publix was working with the state to administer vaccines and that the company's PAC had made this donation to the governor.

The insinuation here, however, was pretty...

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From the Right
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OPINION

60 Minutes, the long-disgraced television news magazine at far-left CBS, has “gone dark” with a now-debunked hoax it launched to smear Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL), per Fox News.

The story falsely claimed DeSantis was involved in a pay-for-play scheme with Publix supermarkets involving a contract to distribute the China Virus vaccine.

Within hours, however, the hit piece had been exposed as hoax. Not only did Publix push back against the long-disgraced 60 Minutes, so did two Florida Democrats. On top of that, full video of DeSantis answering a question from...

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