DeSantis Is ‘Punching Back’ Against ’60 Minutes’ Reporting on Vaccine Rollout

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) is going after CBS’s “60 Minutes” following the network’s reporting on the state’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout.

Reporter Sharyn Alfonsi pressed DeSantis during Monday’s press conference on whether he made a deal with the grocery store chain Publix to distribute COVID-19 vaccines to wealthier communities.

On Tuesday the governor claimed the network “cut out everything that showed that their narrative was a piece of horse manure.”

DeSantis explained, “It shows you how dishonest… these are smear merchants, that’s why nobody trusts corporate media. They are a disaster in what they’re doing. They knew what they were doing was a lie. I knew what they were doing was a lie.”

Watch his remarks below:

Alfonsi suggested on Monday, “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.”

DeSantis responded, “So first of all what you’re saying is wrong. That’s a fake narrative.”

He later reiterated, “It’s wrong, it’s a fake narrative. I just disabused you of the narrative and you don’t care about the facts because obviously I laid it out for you in a way that is irrefutable. So clearly it’s not.”

During “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” DeSantis argued his words during the segment were “deceptively edited” to make it seem his agreement with Publix was nothing more than paying a corporate political donor back.

A spokesperson for Publix said there is no connection between campaign contributions and the “willingness to join other pharmacies in support of the state’s vaccine distribution efforts.”

The governor continued on Tuesday, “I know corporate media thinks that they can just run over people — you ain’t running over this governor. I’m punching back.”

Discussing the deal with Publix, DeSantis argued it would have been “malpractice” to cut the chain out of assisting with the vaccine rollout.

“What they’re saying is a total crock that somehow only Publix was getting it. It is nonsense and we told them it was that and they cut it out, they spliced it because they can’t handle the truth,” DeSantis added.

A CBS News spokesman told Axios that “60 Minutes” asked twice to interview DeSantis. The spokesperson said, “As we always do for clarity, ’60 Minutes’ used the portion of the Governor’s over 2-minute response that directly addressed the question from the correspondent.”


  1. CBS is being called out by even liberals on this one. Trying to tie Publix donations was stupid and completely missed the actual issue.

    There is a real issue with accessibility for low income folks in FL, but now that is not going to get the air time it should. Way to go CBS for muddying those waters.

    1. So you have proof about the vaccine and low income folks in FL? Where is 60 minutes on those small businesses that burned last summer? Some of those were minority and low income folks. How are those illegals that are being dispersed around America going to help low income Americans? Where is 60 minutes on that story?

      1. Dude, i don’t work for 60 minutes. I commented on the story and criticized it based on other relevant articles I’ve read.

        Take your whataboutism somewhere else.

        1. So your answer is, “No, I have no proof to back up ANYTHING I said about what I called the ‘real issue’ here.”

          1. Sheesh, give me a minute! Lol i figured I’d be snippy with Mac since he strayed off topic and give you articles. 😉

            I don’t save articles on all topics and i use Smart News app for news so i had to just google search to find a few and tried to stay local.

    2. “There is a real issue with accessibility for low income folks in FL”. Please explain just what that issue is.

      1. Not reading much news i guess?

        wptv. com/coronavirus/low-income-areas-of-palm-beach-county-struggle-to-get-covid-19-vaccine

        apnews. com/article/fort-lauderdale-florida-coronavirus-pandemic-ron-desantis-53d7e9774ea2eea624ead82f50ec01d2

        wptv. com/coronavirus/florida-gov-ron-desantis-says-covid-19-vaccine-will-go-to-counties-that-want-it

        amp. heraldtribune. com/amp/6987951002

        To name a few… if you have any articles proving that a FL put any effort targeting low income communities that were hit significantly harder then I’ll be happy to change my tune. I just haven’t seen any articles showing that even from a conservative perspective. Id even be swayed if he was coordinating vaccinations at a higher rate or even faster rate than other states, but from what i see you wont find that either.

        1. From your first link,””The closest Publix is on Blue Heron [Boulevard] going towards Singer Island. … From here to Blue Heron, it’s about three miles.” ABOUT 3 WHOLE MILES! WOW and OMG!!!! I’m 62 years old, need a knee replacement on the right side, a hip replacement on the left and I’m within 15 lbs of getting BOTH done because no matter how much pain I’m in, I walk 6 miles a day.
          It’s about time the EXCUSE MAKERS become DO’ERS!
          IF you really WANT TO, you will find a way. If all you want to do is piss and moan, THAT’S all you’ll do.

          1. So it makes sense high income areas got pop up vaccine stations in their neighborhood, but low income folks need to figure out how to get their 80 year old parents 3 miles over to the next town?

            Have you lived in a city? 3 miles is a 20 minute drive for me and i live in a higher end suburb of Indianapolis. It could easily be well over an hour bus ride with multiple stops and you just don’t walk on these roads. There isn’t even a shoulder (from mn, still not used to the narrow roads).

            The point is accessibility is much HARDER for low income – not impossible. And its low income people getting extremely sick or dying from covid. So why wouldn’t you target areas by those significantly more impacted?

            As a Governor, handling public health issues is not the same as handling say voting. The goal is to actaully get people vaccinated or its a complete waste for anyone to get it. If he is targeting high income areas and expecting low income populations to walk 6 miles then thats a freaking problem.

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