Palm Seaside County Mayor Dave Kerner, a Democrat, accused CBS’ “60 Minutes” of “deliberately false” reporting for suggesting Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis gave grocery retailer chain Publix preferable therapy to supply the coronavirus vaccine due to donations to his PAC.
“The reporting was not simply based mostly on dangerous data – it was deliberately false,” Kerner stated in a assertion on Monday. “I do know this as a result of I supplied to supply my perception into Palm Seaside County’s vaccination efforts and ’60 Minutes’ declined. They know that the governor got here to Palm Seaside County and met with me and the county administrator and we requested to develop the state’s partnership with Publix to Palm Seaside County.”
“Now we have confronted this pandemic for over a 12 months. Our residents, like all People, are drained. And the media is making it worse. They’re hellbent on dividing us for affordable views and clicks. ’60 Minutes’ needs to be ashamed,” Kerner continued, including that this system left his aspect of the story out as a result of it “kneecaps their narrative.”
Kerner thanked DeSantis for his work to assist Palm Seaside County.
“Due to his efforts, working in coordination with Palm Seaside County officers, over 275,000 seniors in our county – which is over 75% of the overall senior inhabitants – have been vaccinated. I’m happy with how our county and state management have executed on this necessary mission, and the outcomes converse for themselves,” Kerner stated.
Publix referred to as the notion that it obtained particular entry “completely false and offensive.”
“The irresponsible suggestion that there was a connection between marketing campaign contributions made to Gov. DeSantis and our willingness to affix different pharmacies in help of the state’s vaccine distribution efforts is completely false and offensive. We’re happy with our pharmacy associates for administering greater than 1.5 million doses of vaccine to this point and for becoming a member of different retailers in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia to do our half to assist our communities emerge from the pandemic,” a Publix spokesperson advised Fox Information.
“60 Minutes” journalist Sharyn Alfonsi identified that Publix donated $100,000 to the governor’s PAC and stated Palm Seaside County Commissioner Melissa McKinlay claimed DeSantis “by no means met along with her in regards to the Publix deal.”
“The criticism right here is that’s pay for play, governor,” Alfonsi advised DeSantis.
Fox Information’ Brian Flood and Joseph A. Wulfsohn and FOX Enterprise’ Daniella Genovese contributed to this report.