CBS Information issued a 3rd assertion defending its “60 Minutes” report concentrating on Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis late Wednesday, although the community continued to keep away from discussing the story’s most explosive declare.
DeSantis has accused “60 Minutes” of mendacity and pushing a false narrative a few “pay-for-play” scheme wherein he allegedly rewarded the grocery retailer chain Publix with coronavirus vaccine distribution rights after the corporate donated $100,000 to his marketing campaign. The allegation triggered a fierce backlash, together with from Florida Democrats who defended the GOP governor.
CBS Information doubled down in an announcement offered to Fox Information, however centered not on the alleged corruption, however the racial disparities of vaccine distribution.
“Final week’s 60 Minutes story was in regards to the vaccine roll-out to seniors in Palm Seashore County and centered on a scarcity of entry for minority communities,” CBS started. “Governor DeSantis’ feedback about this piece don’t acknowledge that his senior constituents within the Glades didn’t have quick access to a Publix for the vaccine. The Glades is an underserved portion of Palm Seashore County with a inhabitants of 31,000 that was the main target of the 60 Minutes report.”
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The assertion pressured that Publix was the “solely” pharmacy in Palm Seashore County to have entry to the vaccine in January, when “the principally Black and Hispanic senior residents of the Glades would want to drive 25 miles if that they had a automobile or take a bus experience to the closest pharmacy.” The assertion added that many residents of the Glades “don’t personal a pc or a smartphone.”
CBS Information dismissed the record of hospitals, well being care amenities, faith-based facilities, and pop-up websites DeSantis introduced at a press convention earlier Wednesday, insisting they had been “not out there to most seniors in Palm Seashore County in January and a part of February” and that a “majority” nonetheless must depend on Publix to get the vaccine.
“The Governor referenced CVS and Walgreens, nonetheless vaccines didn’t attain these pharmacies within the Glades till late February for CVS and mid-March for Walgreens, properly after the Governor started distributing the vaccine with Publix on Jan 21, 2021,” CBS Information acknowledged, alluding to the federal program that focused long-term care communities. “For that reason, the Governor’s feedback about CVS and Walgreens weren’t included within the authentic broadcast.”
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The omission of DeSantis’ feedback led to the allegations of misleading enhancing with a view to push the “pay-for-play” narrative.
DeSantis had defined to “60 Minutes” correspondent Sharyn Alfonsi that Walgreens and CVS had been centered on long-term care communities to vaccinate seniors whereas Publix “raised their hand” first to additional implement the vaccine rollout.
Florida State Emergency Administration Director Jared Moskowitz, a Democrat, stated he advised “60 Minutes” that the Publix story was “bulls—.”