’60 Minutes’ aired a selectively edited hit piece on Florida Governor Ron DeSantis on Sunday night. It was motivated by a politically motivated agenda to bring down a rising Republican star who many believe might run for president in the future.
The state of Florida’s relative success in reacting to a pandemic that threatens its large elderly population while retaining a fair degree of public freedom and respect for citizens’ rights has been a persistent thorn in the side of Democrats who have been low on evidence and long on paranoia when it comes to COVID threats.
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The alleged controversy centers on whether Florida Governor Ron DeSantis gave Publix, Florida’s most widely available grocery store, a favorable vaccine contract in exchange for a $100,000 contribution to a political action committee.
Last month, the “pay-to-play” controversy surfaced after Sharyn Alfonsi made charges against Governor DeSantis at a press conference. The background that was missing from Sunday’s “60 Minutes” episode would have done a lot to give the viewer the feeling that there was “no story there.”
The segment was so one-sided and unjust, not only to the governor but to the entire representative government of Florida, that the backlash against the once-respected investigative news show has been fierce. Simply presenting the conclusions of professional media analysts is illustrative.
The 60 Minutes’ attempt at a hit piece on @GovRonDeSantis spoke more to how much they fear him rather than anything else.
— Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) April 5, 2021
The director of Florida’s division of emergency management, a former 3-term Democratic state legislator, responding to @60Minutes’ report tonight suggesting the DeSantis admin gave Publix preferable treatment based on their donations to DeSantis’ PAC https://t.co/RPhAzEM7BP
— Grace Panetta (@grace_panetta) April 5, 2021