About two weeks ago, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis emerged to inform the public about how the state would be handling the distribution and administration of COVID-19 vaccines.
During that event, a reporter named Sharyn Alfonsi decided to question him about the role of Florida’s largest grocery store chain, Publix, in vaccine distribution. Alfonsi also alleged the existence of some financial connections between Publix and DeSantis himself.
As it happened, DeSantis was able to more than adequately respond to these allegations. But because, as is now tediously apparent, the mainstream media is the enemy of the people, CBS’ show “60 Minutes” chose to deceptively edit DeSantis’ exchange with Alfonsi and make it look like he had been caught out.
But here’s what really happened and what DeSantis actually said.
CBS Lies Through Selective Editing
In the clip that 60 Minutes decided to air, Alfonsi confronts Desantis and accuses him of engaging in a pay-to-play scheme. Essentially, Alfonsi alleged that because Publix had donated $100,000 to his campaign, DeSantis therefore agreed to award Publix that contract to distribute vaccines throughout Florida.
Nearly all of DeSantis’ response to this allegation had been edited out. Anyone can verify this for himself by simply comparing the full transcript of the interaction with the 60 Minutes clip.
As DeSantis pointed out, “the first pharmacies that had [the vaccine] were CVS and Walgreens. And they had a long-tern care mission. So they were going to the long-term care facilities. They got the vaccine in the middle of December..”
As soon as Walgreens and CVS had finished distributing the vaccine to those in nursing homes, DeSantis said that he was willing to allow whichever pharmacies were ready to do so to carry on with general distribution. “For Publix, they were the first one to raise their hand, say they were ready to go.”
Furthermore, as anyone who has been to or lived in Florida knows, Publix branches are virtually everywhere in that state. Because Publix has so many locations in Florida, it simply makes sense to allow it to administer the vaccine if wide distribution is the goal.
As DeSantis explained, residents of Palm Beach County who met with him to discuss vaccine distribution “calculated that 90% of their seniors live within a mile and a half of a Publix.” Palm Beach County alone had 65 Publix locations.
CBS apparently does not want viewers to know any of this. It isn’t especially difficult to discern why this is so. For one thing, DeSantis is a staunch conservative and is extremely popular in his state. Moreover, and perhaps even more importantly, under his leadership, Florida has essentially ended its COVID lockdowns. Despite this, the state has not turned into a graveyard. Indeed, it’s death and case numbers are better, per capita, than California’s, and California remains rigidly locked down.
Because he gave the lie to so much of the COVID hysteria, the media is essentially required to lie about the man.