Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis once again slammed CBS for doubling down on “malicious smears” against him over his state’s vaccination campaign in its recent “60 Minutes” segment.
“When you’re talking about this ridiculous smear narrative, it’s important to break down just how false, how thoroughly dishonest it is because this is bad for our country to have big corporate media smearing for profit just because I’m in the other party than them, and using their partisanship to craft narratives, regardless of the facts,” the Republican warned.
CBS, DeSantis said, cut out key facts such as which pharmacies received the first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, when Publix was selected to distribute doses, and which location in Florida had the most seniors.
“The big lie, of course, which has been debunked by 100 percent of the people that have any type of knowledge on this, is that there was some type of conspiracy between Publix, which is our probably most respected company in the state, and me about some type of vaccine distribution that’s been debunked that was wrong,” DeSantis explained.
CBS’s poor coverage, DeSantis said, shouldn’t be a partisan issue.
“There’s a video going out now, it’s got millions of views, it shows the ‘60 Minutes’ clip and then it shows the actual answer, and I can tell you, even people that may be on the other side of the aisle from me, when they look at that, you know, they uniformly understand that that was a smear, that that was editing to try to further a narrative and to try to hide the facts,” the governor continued.
On Tuesday, DeSantis ripped into CBS for inventing a scandal about his state’s COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan and eviscerated the corporate media for being complicit as the true story unraveled.
“They cut out everything that showed that their narrative was a piece of horse manure,” DeSantis said in a press conference on Tuesday. “These are smear merchants. That’s why nobody trusts corporate media. They are a disaster in what they’re doing.”