CBS appears to have found protection from the intense setback against Sunday’s controversial “60 Minutes” report on Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis in the form of four of its closest rivals: CNN, MSNBC, ABC and NBC.
DeSantis has accused the network of “lying”
Since the Florida Democrats have spoken in defense of the prominent Republican, and “60 Minutes” has been blown for misleading editing of his remarks to correspondent Sharyn Alfonsi, none of the other networks have focused on the growing controversy, according to Grabien printouts.
In fact, MSNBC hosts Ari Melber and Joy Reid as well as “The View” co-host Sunny Hostin continued the “pay-for-play” narrative pushed by “60 Minutes” on their programs without noticing the bipartisan setback.
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The only acknowledgment of the controversy from one of the networks is an online report from CNN that focuses on CBS ‘misery.
However, CBS News has continued to defend its DeSantis report and issued a new statement focusing on racial differences in vaccine distribution rather than corruption claims.
“Last week’s 60 Minutes story was about vaccine rollout for seniors in Palm Beach County and focused on lack of access for minority communities,” CBS began. “Governor DeSantis’ remarks on this piece do not acknowledge that his older Glades voters did not have easy access to a Publix for the vaccine. Glades is an underserved portion of Palm Beach County with a population of 31,000 that was the focus of the 60-minute report. . “
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The statement stressed that Publix was the “only” pharmacy in Palm Beach County to have access to the vaccine in January, when “the blackest and Spanish-speaking elderly residents of the Glades would have to drive 25 miles if they had a car or took a bus ride to nearest pharmacy. “The statement added that many Glades residents” do not own a computer or a smartphone. “
CBS News rejected list of hospitals, health facilities, faith-based centers and pop-up sites, DeSantis presented at a news conference Wednesday, insisting they “were not available to most seniors in Palm Beach County in January and part of February” and that a “majority” still has to rely on Publix to get the vaccine.
“The governor referred to CVS and Walgreens, but vaccines did not reach these pharmacies in the Glades until late February for CVS and mid-March for Walgreens, well after the governor began distributing the vaccine with Publix on January 21, 2021,” said CBS News, citing the federal program that targeted long-term care communities. “For this reason, the governor’s comments on CVS and Walgreens were not included in the original broadcast.”
The failure of DeSantis’ comments led to accusations of misleading editing to push the “pay-for-play” narrative.
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DeSantis had explained to Alfonsi that Walgreens and CVS were focused on long-term care communities to vaccinate seniors, while Publix first “raised its hand” to further implement the vaccine rollout.
Florida State Emergency Management Director Jared Moskowitz, a Democrat, said he told “60 Minutes” that the Publix story was “bulls —.”