NEWS & ANALYSIS

Democrat Florida Mayor Blasts ‘60 Minutes’ Hit Piece on Gov. DeSantis


Earlier this week, CBS News’ “60 Minutes” deceptively edited a heated back-and-forth between one of its correspondents and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, all to fit a false narrative that was so bad, even democrats are speaking out on his behalf. 

Democrat Palm Beach County Mayor Dave Kerner was one of several state officials to come to the governor’s defense, claiming the segment “intentionally” falsified a report. 

“The reporting was not just based on bad information – it was intentionally false,” Kerner wrote in a statement.

“I know this because I offered to provide my insight into Palm Beach County’s vaccination efforts and [they] declined. They know that the Governor came to Palm Beach County and met with me and the county administrator and we asked to expand the state’s partnership with Publix to Palm Beach County. We also discussed our own local plans to expand mass vaccination centers throughout the county, which the governor has been incredibly supportive,” he said. “We asked and he delivered. “[CBS] had that information, and they left it out because it kneecaps their narrative.”

“We have confronted this pandemic for over a year. Our residents, like all Americans, are tired. And the media is making it worse. They are hellbent on dividing us for cheap views and clicks. “’60 Minutes’ should be ashamed,” he added. 

Publix also slammed CBS for its falsified reporting. 

“The irresponsible suggestion that there was a connection between campaign contributions made to Governor DeSantis and our willingness to join other pharmacies in support of the state’s vaccine distribution efforts is absolutely false and offensive,” the company wrote in a tweet. 

“We are proud of our pharmacy associates for administering more than 1.5 million doses of vaccine to date and for joining other retailers in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia to do our part to help our communities emerge from the pandemic.”