CBS News has defended its controversial “60 Minutes” report, which has been widely criticized as a “hit piece” against the Florida government, Ron DeSantis, R., but other CBS News programs have distanced themselves from the story.
The “60 Minutes” report suggested that DeSantis give the Publix grocery chain the preferred treatment to offer the coronavirus vaccine based on its donations to its PAC, while painting the governor as a villain for who prioritized vulnerable seniors over teachers. CBS News has maintained that it did nothing wrong, but critics have found several issues with the reporting.
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A review of transcripts shows that “CBS Evening News” and “CBS This Morning” have both passed on the “60 Minutes” report, which has been condemned by Democratic government officials, conservative experts, Publix and DeSantis themselves. When “60 Minutes” breaks a big story, it’s typically reported across CBS News platforms, but the DeSantis segment has not made the cut.
CBS News declined comment when asked why other programs did not pick up the “60 Minutes” report.
DeSantis has only been mentioned once this week between “CBS Evening News” and “CBS This Morning,” but that had nothing to do with the controversial report. The governor was appointed to CBS ‘morning program on Monday during a report on the toxic water crisis in Florida.
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“When Florida State data revealed that colored people were vaccinated at a much slower rate than their richer neighbors, ’60 Minutes’ reported facts about the vaccine’s rollout, which is controlled by the governor. We requested and conducted interviews with dozens of sources and authorities involved. , “A CBS spokesman told Fox News on Tuesday.
“For over 50 years, the actual reports reported by 60 MINUTES have often aroused debate and led to strong reactions,” the CBS News spokesman continued. “Our story Sunday night speaks for itself.”
The statement also shot at a couple of Democratic officials in Florida who have defended the governor. However, the CBS News statement ignored the story’s main accusation of paying for games.
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Asked why a defense of pay-for-play allegations from the “60 Minutes” report was not in the statement, a CBS News spokesman told Fox News that the news magazine was simply repeating allegations already made in Florida newspapers and declined further comments.
Fox News’ Joseph A. Wulfsohn contributed to this report.