It’s been a few days for CBS News after the network was accused of liberal activism, lobbied softballs against the president’s son and released a widely condemned “60 Minutes”
Fox News host Kayleigh McEnany took the network to task with a tweet Wednesday summarizing the “revealing few days” for CBS News.
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“NOT good,” she wrote.
Criticism began Friday when CBS News created sharp reactions to a report that critics called full-throated Democratic activism.
In a piece titled “3 Ways in Which Businesses Can Help Fight Georgia’s Restrictive New Voting Law,” CBS Money Watch reporter Khristopher J. Brooks seemed to give advice on how companies can put political pressure on Georgia’s Republicans who had just enacted a comprehensive electoral law. changes.
On Friday night, CBS News shared the article on social media, triggering an intense setback. The tweet has since been removed from Saturday.
“LOL this tweet is outright biased advocacy,” Washington Examiner reporter Jerry Dunleavy responded.
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CBS also appeared to be updating its headline, which reads on Saturday: “Activists urge big business to challenge new voting laws. Here’s what they’re asking for.”
“CBS Sunday Morning” then aired an interview with Hunter Biden, which many critics felt went too lightly on the president’s son. During the interview, Biden admitted that since he was addicted to crack cocaine, he smoked parmesan cheese because it resembled the drug.
While the cheese treat made headlines, correspondent Tracy Smith allowed the president’s son to declare that he did not know if the infamous laptop in the middle of last fall’s bombshell New York Post story belonged to him.
Sunday night, the other two questions were small potatoes as “60 Minutes” aired a segment that has been criticized by Democratic government officials, liberal media members, conservative experts, Publix and DeSantis themselves.
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The report by Sharyn Alfonsi suggested that DeSantis give Publix preferential treatment to distribute COVID-19 vaccines because the chain donated $ 100,000 to the governor’s political action committee. However, the performance is widely rejected.
“If it’s true – if DeSantis ran a ‘pay-for-play’ scheme involving coronavirus vaccinations – it’s an explosive story. But ’60 Minutes’ really did not provide any significant evidence that DeSantis did anything like that, Poynter’s senior media writer Tom Jones wrote.
CBS News has stood by the story, but left pay-for-play accusations out of the statement from a “60 Minutes” spokesman, instead focusing on two Democrats defending DeSantis.
“When Florida state data revealed that colored people were vaccinated to a much lower degree 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. “We asked for an interview with Governor Ron DeSantis, he declined; we spoke twice with Gov. Jared Moskowitz, but he refused to be interviewed on camera for our story until well after our deadline. The idea we ignored their perspective is untrue.” said a spokesman for CBS News in a statement to Fox News.
“Contrary to his statement yesterday, we also talked about the protocol with Palm Beach County Mayor David Kerner. For over 50 years, the actual reports reported by 60 MINUTES have often led to debate and led to strong reactions,” CBS continued. News spokesman. “Our story Sunday night speaks for itself.”
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Moskowitz and Kerner, both Democrats, spoke out against “60 minutes” after the broadcast of the story.
Asked why a defense of pay-to-play allegations from the “60 Minutes” report was not in the statement, a CBS News spokesman told Fox News that the news magazine program simply repeated claims that have already been made in local Florida -newspapers and rejected. further comment.
Publix called the notion that it received special access “completely false and offensive.”
Media Research Center Vice President Dan Gainor blew CBS across the segment.
“This was not just horrible journalism. This was a deliberate ’60 Minutes’ hit job on a suspected GOP 2024 presidential candidate. A once famous name in the news acted as a representative for the Democratic Party. It’s the kind of ‘news’ you would have seen on Pravda in the old Soviet Union, and that’s completely unforgivable, “Gainor told Fox News.
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“CBS News needs to get some real journalists involved here. They need to run a general apology leading each of their news broadcasts and the next issue of ’60 Minutes. ‘The apology needs to be detailed and explain how the network manipulated the facts and the interview for to fabricate a lie, “Gainor added.” Until they do, no conservative should respond to a CBS interview. ”
Fox News’ Joesph A. Wulfsohn, Nikolas Lanum and Ronn Blitzer contributed to this report.