CBS’ ‘60 Minutes’ ‘Deceptively’ Edits Gov. DeSantis’ Remarks; Publix & Palm Beach County Dem Mayor Respond

[Image: CBS' Sharyn Alfonsi and Gov. Ron Desantis-- CBS' "60 Minutes" video screenshots. The Freedom Times compilation].

Daily Wire’s Ryan Saavedra reported Sunday that CBS’ “60 Minutes” deceptively edited an exchange with reporter Sharyn Alfonsi, where she had with Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) two weeks ago over the way the Sunshine State has rolled out its vaccination program.

In the clip, Alfonsi suggested that Publix, the largest grocery store chain in Florida, had engaged in a pay-to-play scheme with DeSantis where they donated money to his campaign in exchange for him awarding a contract to the grocery store chain to host vaccinations, Saavedra wrote.


CBS edited the interaction between DeSantis and Alfonsi when she showed up to a press conference a few weeks ago and repeatedly confronted the governor. The network cut out a lengthy portion of DeSantis’ response in which he explains what happened and how decisions were made, Ryan Saavedra reported

Sharyn Alfonsi told DeSantis “Publix, as you know, donated $100,000 to your campaign, and then you rewarded them with the exclusive rights to distribute the vaccination in Palm Beach.”

Governor Ron DeSantis responded, “So, first of all, that– what you’re saying is wrong.”

“How is that not pay-to-play?” Alfonsi asked. Video Below


Governor Ron DeSantis explained in detail the steps Florida took to make the decision to partner with Publix:

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60 Minutes’ reporting:

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Meanwhile, Publix fired back at the “60 Minutes” segment in a statement, calling the accusation “absolutely false and offensive.”

Former Democratic Florida State Representative Jared Moskowitz also said the allegations that there was a connection between the supermarket’s campaign contributions and the partnership to administer vaccines was “absolute malarkey.”

Further, Democratic mayor of Palm Beach County, Dave Kerner, said that the 60 Minutes’ reporting is not just based on “bad information” but that it is “intentionally false.”

(Related: Gov. DeSantis On The Emerging ‘Crisis’ At The Southern Border: “This Is Intentional”)