The CBS news magazine “60 Minutes,” currently under fire for a failed hit piece directed at Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, has not done a segment on the countless scandals of Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo or confronted the governor. California Democrat Gavin Newsom so far this year. .
Even as Cuomo fights for his political life amid allegations from his own state attorney general that the governor deliberately underestimated coronavirus deaths in nursing homes, as well as multiple allegations of sexual harassment and political intimidation charges, “60 Minutes” you have not yet performed one of your actions. trademark dives deep into its problems. He has also ignored Newsom, who is facing a withdrawal effort over his response to the coronavirus, which was marked by allegations of hypocrisy and mocking his own restrictions.
Even prominent Florida Democrats have accused the venerable news show of pushing a false narrative about DeSantis, seen by many political observers as one of the top contenders for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination.
In the segment that aired Sunday, reporter Sharyn Alfonsi alleged that DeSantis participated in a pay-per-play scheme with supermarket chain Publix to distribute coronavirus vaccines after donating money to its super PAC. However, Alfonsi’s segment removed DeSantis’s comments debunking the narrative that Publix received special treatment. He also suggested that DeSantis’ prioritization of the state’s 4.5 million seniors for vaccine doses was based on politics, rather than their increased risk of dying from coronavirus.
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Florida Division of Emergency Management Director Jared Moskowitz, a Democrat, criticized the notion that DeSantis granted special access to Publix as “utter nonsense.” The chain has more than 800 locations in Florida, making it a natural choice to help with vaccine distribution.
On Monday, Palm Beach County Mayor Dave Kerner, another Democrat, accused the program of “knowingly false” reporting.
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“The information was not based solely on misinformation, it was intentionally false,” Kerner said in a statement. “I know because I offered to give my information about Palm Beach County’s vaccination efforts and ’60 Minutes’ refused. They know the governor came to Palm Beach County and met with me and the county manager and we asked expand the state’s partnership with Publix to Palm Beach County. “
While the Cuomo scandals don’t seem to interest “60 Minutes,” the New York governor was the subject of a friendly CBS “Sunday Morning” interview in June, at the height of his media popularity for his response to the coronavirus. At one point, host Jane Pauley joked with him about being single and what the virus had done to his social life.
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Despite his reversed directive since then that nursing homes accept COVID-positive patients, media figures praised him and even featured him as a possible 2020 Democratic presidential candidate in place of Joe Biden.
In recent weeks, prominent Empire State politicians, including Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, have called on Cuomo to step down, though he has given no indication that he will.