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60 Minutes Stands by Controversial Publix Report, Says DeSantis Presser Comments Were Cut For ‘Clarity'

Added 04-06-21 01:34:02pm EST - “CBS News is standing by a 60 Minutes report about vaccine distribution in Florida after it was widely panned on Monday.” - Mediaite.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Mediaite.com: “60 Minutes Stands by Report, Says DeSantis Presser Comments Were Cut For 'Clarity'”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

“As we always do for clarity, 60 Minutes used the portion of the governor’s over two-minute response that directly addressed the question from the correspondent,” a spokesman for the network said Tuesday in a statement to Mediaite.

The network took broad editing liberties in Sunday’s edition of 60 Minutes, which sought to blame Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) for a program that briefly allowed a limited number of Publix grocery stores in Palm Beach County to deliver Covid-19 vaccines before other drugstore chains.

The program included an exchange between DeSantis and the network’s Sharyn Alfonsi, who accused DeSantis of making the call after Publix contributed $100,000 to his campaign.

The program showed DeSantis calling the claim a “fake narrative,” but omitted the more substantive portion of his response, which included DeSantis noting that Publix was the first company to volunteer.

Critics, including some Democrats, took issue with 60 Minutes’ portrayal of the situation. “The reporting was not just based on bad information — it was intentionally false,” Democratic Palm Beach County Mayor Dave Kerner said in a Monday statement.

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