CBS should be sued by Gov Ron DeSantis for intentionally lying about their interview with DeSantis in which liar for hire Sharyn Alfonsi and falsely accusing him of being in a pay for play scheme with Publix Supermarkets over the COVID-19 vaccines. CBS heavily edited the interview to make it appear that DeSantis was guilty. Even Democrats are coming to his defense and calling CBS liars. CBS could sue for defamation of character.
DeSantis completely blew apart the accusation and explaining what really happened. CBS then selectively edited the interview. CBS removed the vast majority of DeSantis’ response in order to intentionally make an innocent man appear guilty. They tried to make Alfonsi’s lie hold up under scrutiny. She claimed that DeSantis pressured groups to use Publix after they gave him a $100,000 campaign donation.
Publix said in a scathing statement slamming the “60 Minutes” segment:
“The irresponsible suggestion that there was a connection between campaign contributions made to Governor DeSantis and our willingness to join other pharmacies in support of the state’s vaccine distribution efforts is absolutely false and offensive.”
“We are proud of our pharmacy associates for administering more than 1.5 million doses of vaccine to date and for joining other retailers in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia to do our part to help our communities emerge from the pandemic.”
Former Florida State Representative Jared Moskowitz, a Democrat, slammed “60 Minutes” :
“@60Minutes I said this before and I’ll say it again. @Publix was recommended by [FL Division of Emergency Management] and [Florida Dept. Health] as the other pharmacies were not ready to start. Period! Full Stop! No one from the Governor[‘]s office suggested Publix. It’s just absolute malarkey.”
This is Jared Moskowitz, director of the Florida Division of Emergency Management. He’s a Democrat, served as one in the state legislature until 2019, and campaigned for Gore and Obama. He’s not falling for this absolute garbage, and neither should you. https://t.co/Ng3pyNI87W— Charles C. W. Cooke (@charlescwcooke) April 5, 2021
Here is the complete answer DeSantis gave 60 Minutes with the words in bold type being left out of the video by CBS:
Ron DeSantis: —that, that’s a fake narrative. So, first of all, when we did, the first pharmacies that had it were CVS and Walgreens. And they had a long-term care mission. So they were going to the long-term care facilities. They got the vaccine in the middle of December, they started going to the long-term care facilities the third week of December to do LTCs. So that was their mission. That was very important. And we trusted them to do that. As we got into January, we wanted to expand the distribution points. So yes, you had the counties, you had some drive through sites, you had hospitals that were doing a lot, but we wanted to get it into communities more. So we reached out to other retail pharmacies — Publix, Walmart — obviously CVS and Walgreens had to finish that mission. And we said, we’re going to use you as soon as you’re done with that. For Publix, they were the first one to raise their hand, say they were ready to go. And you know what, we did it on a trial basis. I had three counties. I actually showed up that weekend and talked to seniors across four different Publix. How was the experience? Is this good? Should you think this is a way to go? And it was 100% positive. So we expanded it, and then folks liked it. And I can tell you, if you look at a place like Palm Beach County, they were kind of struggling at first in terms of the senior numbers. I went, I met with the county mayor. I met with the administrator. I met with all the folks in Palm Beach County, and I said, “Here’s some of the options: we can do more drive-through sites, we can give more to hospitals, we can do the Publix, we can do this.” They calculated that 90% of their seniors live within a mile and a half of a Publix. And they said, “We think that would be the easiest thing for our residents.” So, we did that, and what ended up happening was, you had 65 Publix in Palm Beach. Palm Beach is one of the biggest counties, one of the most elderly counties, we’ve done almost 75% of the seniors in Palm Beach, and the reason is because you have the strong retail footprint. So our way has been multifaceted. It has worked. And we’re also now very much expanding CVS and Walgreens, now that they’ve completed the long term care mission.
Moskowitz is not the only Democrat to condemn 60 Minutes.
“We have confronted this pandemic for over a year. Our residents, like all Americans, are tired. And the media is making it worse. They are hellbent on dividing us for cheap views and clicks. 60 Minutes should be ashamed.”
Kerner — who, again, is a Democrat — says 60 Minutes refused to talk to him. Yeah, because if they did, they’d have no story. At CBS News, facts just get in the way.
I don’t blame Mayor Kerner for being ticked off. What’s the conspiracy theory here? Publix donated to DeSantis, and in return he did some sort of shady deal to make them one of the places you can get vaccinated? Publix bribed DeSantis to be able to give out vaccines for free? And their incentive is… I dunno, tricking people into going to their stores and buying milk and bread, since they’re there anyway?