Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is in Tallahassee holding a press conference at the state Capitol. This comes a day after the governor fired back at a 60 Minutes vaccine rollout investigation Tuesday during a press conference in Panama City.
After a question came in about the investigation, DeSantis laughed and claimed the series “cut out everything that proved their narrative was a piece of horse manure.”
On Sunday, CBS’ 60 Minutes looked into allegations that the governor showed preferences to wealthy and privileged senior populations during early vaccine rollout.
In its report, 60 Minutes says it covered vaccine inequity in one of Florida’s largest counties, Palm Beach County. 60 Minutes says “some wealthy and well-connected residents cut the line” to vaccination and left others, often those with low incomes, “without a fair shot.”
DeSantis went on to say the report is why people can’t trust corporate media.
“Corporate media can’t run over this governor; I’m punching back,” DeSantis said.
The governor claimed 60 Minutes was offered the information to disprove their story, but they declined to interview those people.
In Dec. 2020, Gov. DeSantis broke with CDC guidelines and focused on a “seniors first” approach, citing the state’s large senior population compared to the rest of the country.
In January, the governor announced an expanded partnership with Publix pharmacies in giving out shots to help with vaccine distribution.
60 Minutes questioned DeSantis’ decision to choose Publix over other retail stores. Reporter Sharyn Alfonsi said 60 Minutes got campaign finance reports that show “weeks before the governor’s announcement, Publix donated $100,000 to his political action committee, Friends of Ron DeSantis.”
In the past, the report also says that Julie Jenkins Facelli, heiress to the Publix fortune, has given $55,000 to the governor’s PAC. And, her brother-in-law donated $25,000 in November.
DeSantis said at the press conference, “you can tell it’s New York corporate media when you come to Florida and attack Publix.”
Publix has over 800 stores in Florida and is the #1 trusted company in the state…60 Minutes picked on the wrong company.