This piece is woefully insufficient in assessing what @60Minutes let transpire and delivered as 'journalism'.
Describing what they did as ''missing the mark'', and describing it as a ''sloppy moment'' completely excuses the malpractice they committed in going after DeSantis.
The 'Pay for Play' is a serious accusation, insinuating a company bribed a government leader.
Not only did the show fail to provide evidence, it did not even describe the benefit the company allegedly received. They implied criminal behavior in the absence of a crime
While @60Minutes claims they edited the presser discussion for time and ''clarity'', they did not clarify -- they altered the response from DeSantis entirely. He explained in the answer why Publix was a first retailer choice; the show never explained the detail.
This was further exposed in another portion of the segment. Featured was an individual in a rural area, 25 miles from a Publix, with no transportation. That person was much closer to a CVS, which DOES supply vaccines. Publix was an early partner, it is not the ONLY partner.
Other people were asked to appear on camera. @60Minutes claims they tried to get State Emergency Management Director Jared Moskowitz on camera. Timing, and Covid, were blamed when he was available later. The show did not interview him on Zoom; they did for a Desantis critic.
This does not excuse the show from refusing to use the information he gave. Both Moskowitz and @60Minutes attest they spoke multiple times. Moskowitz told the producers the Publix claim was false, and he explained the process in detail. His details were not reported on.
As Moskowitz says; "Did you see the perspective that the person in charge of the Covid response told them how Publix was selected in their agency and that the contribution story was garbage? They ran with pay to play when I told them it was done by my agency and why and how.''
After effusive praise for the show @Poynter arrives at the conclusion ''This doesn’t ruin the “60 Minutes” brand, but this was not one of the show’s finer moments.''
You can only arrive at this conclusion if you do not take a sober analysis concerning what @60Minutes executed.
On Sunday @60Minutes
- Deceptively edited video
- Accused criminal behavior without proof
- Failed to establish a criminal act
- Ignored provided testimony from multiple sources
- Selectively granted access to interviewees
- Bypassed information given at the Governor's presser
Looking over the list of deeply questionable acts - of journalism ethics violations - and concluding @60Minutes merely had ''a sloppy moment'', it reveals a prior desire to exonerate the show before looking over the actions.
This was not a slip of the pen, it was malpractice.

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