The 60 Minutes piece on Ron DeSantis and Florida's vaccine rollout is wildly, embarrassingly flawed. Journalistic malpractice.…
CBS claims Publix got the vaccine contract because of a "pay for play" scheme, i.e. donating to DeSantis's campaign. DeSantis calmly debunked this entire notion, but 60 Minutes cut the clip to make it look like he dodged.
DeSantis gave CBS this extremely plausible explanation—Publix was NOT first, they have 800 stores, etc.—and CBS just didn't use it. They clipped it so that DeSantis looks irate and combative. Image
Additionally, 60 Minutes weirdly makes it sound bad that DeSantis wanted to vaccinate the elderly first. But that's the right strategy! It's bonkers to pretend it isn't.
Then there's some nonsense about Florida essentially "privatizing" the vaccine rollout. Corporations! Profits! Scary! But... DC did this too (CVS is vaccinating). It's not like some weird pro-business Republican thing.
All that stuff is merely bad; the "pay for play" allegation is wildly irresponsible given they could not substantiate it and DeSantis explained why it was wrong. Heads should roll.
Here's Florida's emergency management director (a Democrat).
The mainstream media had a massive investment in the idea that DeSantis/Florida was incompetent and Cuomo/NY approach was good. But this notion has not survived scrutiny, and it's weird to watch journalists try even harder to sell it.…
I mean, it's not a mystery why this is the case! (And it's not just Republicans. Independents, too.)…

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Worst of all, Axios framed the story as DeSantis trying to "milk" his mistreatment, calling it "a juicy chance to ingratiate himself with the GOP base by bashing the media." Uh, the media bashing is well deserved here. DeSantis didn't start this, CBS did.
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