CBS appears to have found protection from the intense reaction to the controversial 60-minute report on Sunday by Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis in the form of four of its closest rivals: CNN, MSNBC, ABC and NBC.
DeSantis accused the network of “lying”
As the Florida Democrats declared themselves in defense of the prominent Republican and “60 Minutes” was deceived into editing his remarks to correspondent Sharin Alfonsi, none of the other networks focused on the growing controversy, according to Grabien’s transcripts.
In fact, MSNBC hosts Ari Melber and Joy Reed, as well as The View host Sunny Hostin, immortalized the “pay-per-play” story pushed by “60 Minutes” in their programs, without noting the two-way reaction.
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The only acknowledgment of the contradiction from any of the networks is CNN’s online report, which draws attention to CBS’s disasters.
However, CBS News continues to defend its DeSantis report by publishing a new statement focusing on racial differences in the distribution of vaccines, rather than allegations of corruption.
“The 60-minute story last week was about launching vaccines for the elderly in Palm Beach County and focused on the lack of access for minority communities,” CBS began. “Governor DeSantis’ comments on this piece do not acknowledge that his top Glades voters did not have easy access to Publix for the vaccine. Glades is an underserved part of Palm Beach County with a population of 31,000, which was the focus of the report. 60 minutes. “
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The statement said Publix was the “only” pharmacy in Palm Beach County to access the vaccine in January, when “mostly black and Hispanic adults in the Glades will have to drive 25 miles if they have a car or take a trip. by bus to the nearest pharmacy. “The statement added that many Glades residents” do not own a computer or smartphone. “
CBS News rejected a list of hospitals, health facilities, religious centers and pop-up sites DeSantis unveiled at a news conference Wednesday, insisting it was “not accessible to most Palm Beach County seniors in January and part of February” and that “the majority “I still have to rely on Publix to get the vaccine.
“The governor referred to CVS and Walgreens, but the vaccines did not reach these pharmacies in Glades until the end of February for CVS and mid-March for Walgreens, long after the governor began distributing the vaccine with Publix on January 21, 2021,” he said. CBS News, alluding to a federal program aimed at long-term care communities. “For this reason, the governor’s comments on CVS and Walgreens were not included in the original broadcast.”
The omission of DeSantis’ comments led to allegations of fraudulent editing to push the payroll game.
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DeSantis had explained to Alfonsi that Walgreens and CVS were focused on long-term care communities for the vaccination of the elderly, while Publix “raised its hand” first to continue administering the vaccine.
Florida State Emergency Management Director Jared Moskowitz, a Democrat, said he told 60 Minutes that Publix’s story was “bulls —“.