In a fake news “hit job,” CBS edited Governor Ron DeSantis’ press conference. .
Today on Sekulow, we discussed how CBS’ 60 Minutes selectively edited footage of a press conference by Florida Governor Ron Desantis. The editing was so egregious that even the Democrat mayor of West Palm Beach, Florida defended Republican Governor DeSantis and decried 60 Minutes’ actions.
Governor DeSantis spoke out about this on Fox News:
They don't believe in facts. It was a political narrative. It was done with malicious intent and a reckless disregard for the truth. They would not talk to the people who were the most relevant to this because they know those key Democrats - Jared Moskowitz, Mayor Dave Kerner - would blow up their narrative. So they just put their head in the sand and pretended like those facts didn't exist.
This blatant chicanery by 60 Minutes has outraged not just Republicans and conservatives, but Democrats as well. This happened after 60 Minutes aired a story on Sunday about Florida’s vaccine rollout, which has gone tremendously well and is focused in large part on their retired population. They are making sure that the most vulnerable get their vaccines first. Something like 75% of that age group is now vaccinated and basically everyone who wants one can get one.
Now you have 60 Minutes alleging some scheme between Governor DeSantis and Publix because they donated money to his PAC. If you are a major business in Florida, like Publix, you might donate to the incumbent governor’s PAC regardless of political party. 60 Minutes, of course, did not look into their past history of donations to see if they donated to both sides, which they likely have. Even if they haven’t, a major company based in any state donating to the incumbent governor’s PAC does not raise any eyebrows.
60 Minutes focused the piece on how it was inappropriate for Publix to get vaccine distribution in a few counties, not the entire state of Florida, but a few counties. 60 Minutes is branded as trustworthy, but this piece was selectively edited to falsely show Governor Ron DeSantis and Publix in a bad light.
Our own ACLJ Senior Advisor for National Security and Foreign Policy Ric Grenell gave his take on this situation when he said:
What they have to do in these situations is not give all the facts and this is the agenda of the legacy media, of the big corporate media. CBS really, honestly needs to come out and correct the record and come clean. What 60 Minutes did should ruin their brand because this is not the first time.
This was a misinformation piece conducted by, and it should be obvious by now, a far left-wing media outlet. It is why it is likely that in twenty years, shows like 60 Minutes will not be around. The public is tired of stunts like this.
The full broadcast is complete with much more analysis by our team of 60 Minutes’ selective editing and subsequent attack on Governor Ron DeSantis as well as a much fuller discussion with Ric Grenell.
Watch the full broadcast below.
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