CBS News’s “60 Minutes” has given no indication that it will correct or retract the widely contested report that suggested Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, R., gave the Publix grocery chain a preferable treatment for offering the vaccine against the coronavirus based on your donations to its PAC despite mounting pressure.
“CBS clearly made errors in professional journalistic judgment in the execution of this story. These are the kinds of errors that necessarily occur when business reporting is done with bias and on the basis of pushing a preconceived political narrative,” University professor DePauw’s and media critic Jeffrey McCall told Fox News.
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“Now that the gaps in this report have been clearly exposed, CBS should feel compelled to publicly acknowledge its mistakes. CBS should provide a transparent explanation of how such a story went through the many levels of the editorial process with no one in the CBS hierarchy noticing. that the piece was seriously flawed, “McCall added.
Conservatives have condemned the “60 Minutes” segment that lit up social media Sunday night. Despite mounting criticism, CBS has dismissed much of the backlash so far.
CBS News played down the initial allegations that “60 Minutes” deceptively edited a heated exchange between one of its correspondents and DeSantis about an alleged “pay-per-play” scheme promoted by the reporter.
“As we always do for clarity, ’60 Minutes’ used the portion of the governor’s response of more than two minutes that directly addressed the correspondent’s question,” a CBS News spokesperson told Fox News.
As the backlash continued Monday, Palm Beach County Mayor Dave Kerner, a Democrat, accused CBS’s “60 Minutes” of “intentionally false” reports.
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“The information was not just based on misinformation, it was intentionally false,” Kerner said in a scathing statement Monday. “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 expanding the state’s partnership with Publix to Palm Beach County… ’60 Minutes’ should be ashamed. “
But CBS News played down Kerner’s statement, pointing to Fox News a tweet sent by Palm Beach County Commissioner Melissa McKinlay who questioned Kerner’s statement.
“McKinlay works for Kerner,” a CBS News spokesman said.
CBS News has declined to provide additional comment.
DePauw feels it is “doubtful” that CBS actually does any kind of honest public introspection regarding the segment.
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“The mainstream media is comfortable allowing their credibility to suffer while pushing agendas. The sad thing is that millions of people saw the original, flawed report and will never know the proper context,” McCall said. “This situation with CBS and DeSantis fully demonstrates why public trust in the media is crumbling and how the established media is not providing the nation’s measured information needs.”
On Tuesday morning, the reaction to the story became national news and Governor DeSantis joined “Fox & Friends” in offering his thoughts on the story that he called a “successful job” by the liberal media.
“All [CBS] I was looking to do was a successful job trying to smear me just because I’m on the other side than them. That’s the only reason, “DeSantis said.” These are partisan corporate media and I think at this point these people like this reporter are basically ambulance chasers with a microphone. They are not trustworthy. They lie. We know they lie, they know that we know they lie, and yet they lie and they lie and they lie. “
DeSantis had previously condemned “60 Minutes” when he spoke to Fox News’ Tucker Carlson on Monday night.
Cornell Law School professor and media critic William A. Jacobson feels CBS simply wanted to tarnish DeSantis and does not expect the network to correct the story. In fact, he worries that “misinformation” will remain in the hands of the Republican governor.
“The mainstream liberal media will tell us who they fear, and they fear Ron DeSantis for the 2024 presidential election. Therefore, the attempt to create a negative DeSantis narrative is starting early and will be done often. The narrative is that DeSantis he was incompetent and played partisan politics in handling COVID and vaccine distribution. This narrative is the opposite of reality, as even some Democratic politicians who come to DeSantis’s defense against the ’60 Minutes’ story show ” Jacobson told Fox News.
“In this post-truth media environment, there is still a good chance the narrative will hold up and millions of people who watched ’60 Minutes ‘will never know the truth, particularly after the ’60 Minutes’ misinformation is amplified in social media. This is also another brand against journalism as a profession, “Jacobson continued.
“When arguably the nation’s leading news magazine program is dedicated to spreading misinformation, is it any wonder Republicans and Conservatives view the media as their political enemy?”
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Publix called the notion that he received special access “absolutely false and offensive.”
“The irresponsible suggestion that there was a connection between the campaign contributions made to Governor DeSantis and our willingness to team up with other pharmacies in support of the state’s vaccine distribution efforts is absolutely false and offensive. We are proud of our pharmacy associates. for administering more than 1.5 million doses of vaccine to date and for joining with other retailers in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia to do our part to help our communities emerge from the pandemic, “said a Publix spokesperson to Fox News.