Newly released emails show the shocking truth, that CBS was never interested in giving Florida Governor Ron DeSantis a fair shot, and were instead focused on pushing their own narrative.
The corruption of CBS has been uncovered in emails about DeSantis’ supposed “pay-to-play” scandal.
The Media is Corrupt
CBS 60 Minutes recently aired a fake story about a “pay-to-play” vaccine scheme, claiming that the Publix supermarket chain donated to DeSantis’ campaign as part of a secret deal to obtain the vaccine for their pharmacies. Of course, the story was proven to be false after even Democrat officials in Florida spoke out against CBS.
Trying to salvage their credibility, a CBS reporter attempted to ask a ‘gotcha’ question at a press conference, which failed as DeSantis refused to take the bait. In desperation, CBS selectively edited the governor’s response to try to push their narrative.
Conservative comedian Steven Crowder pointed out the lies in a recent segment on his YouTube channel, going into detail about the story. In the following clip, Crowder calls CBS out by showing DeSantis’ full response side-by-side with the deceptive edit published by the network:
Governor DeSantis also fired back at CBS, referring to them “smear merchants” in an epic rant a recent press conference:
After being called out for their lies, CBS tried to explain them away with more lies.
“When Florida state data revealed people of color were vaccinated at a much lower rate than their wealthier neighbors, ‘60 Minutes’ reported the facts surrounding the vaccine’s rollout, which is controlled by the governor,” a spokesperson for CBS News said. “We requested and conducted interviews with dozens of sources and authorities involved. We requested an interview with Gov. Ron DeSantis, he declined; we spoke to State Emergency Management Director Jared Moskowitz twice, but he declined to be interviewed on camera for our story until well after our deadline. The idea we ignored their perspective is untrue.”
“For over 50 years, the facts reported by 60 MINUTES have often stirred debate and prompted strong reactions,” the spokesperson added. “Our story Sunday night speaks for itself.”
CBS’ claims were so obviously false that even Democrats had to call them out.
“I did speak with @60Minutes. Never said I didn’t. They were very nice, but I told them that the @publix story was ‘bullshit’. Walked them through the whole process. The fact that I didn’t sit down on ‘camera’ because I am responding to a 100 year emergency doesn’t change the truth,” tweeted Jared Moskowitz, a Democrat official who runs Florida’s emergency management agency.
I did speak with @60Minutes. Never said I didn’t. They were very nice, but I told them that the @publix story was “bullshit”. Walked them through the whole process.The fact that I didn’t sit down on “camera” because I am responding to a 100 year emergency doesn’t change the truth https://t.co/G7QNsV42V5
— Jared MASKowitz 😷 (@JaredEMoskowitz) April 6, 2021
Emails shared with Fox News highlight the lack of journalistic ethics of the CBS 60 Minutes team in their treatment of Governor DeSantis.
According to reporting by NewsBusters: “On March 31, the Wednesday before the show, 60 Minutes associate producer Emily Gordon sent a list of questions to DeSantis staffer Meredith Beatrice with a deadline set for Thursday at 5 p.m. Beatrice asked for more time. The next morning, the segment’s top producer Oriana Zill de Granados confirmed to Beatrice that the report on DeSantis would air on Sunday and wrote: ‘Please send us your responses when you are able.'”
Beatrice responded to CBS by telling them to interview Jared Moskowitz about the issue. He agreed to do an interview, but CBS responded by claiming that they had already attempted to interview him “repeatedly” since February. The CBS producer also claimed that Moskowitz had not responded to the network’s messages since mid-March.
DeSantis’ office replied to Oriana Zill de Granados, the top producer for 60 Minutes, trying to stress that it was “important” CBS interview both Moskowitz and Palm Beach County Mayor David Kerner.
“Thank you for your input. Unfortunately, the deadline has passed,” Zill de Granados responded to Beatrice on Thursday afternoon. “As you may know, the Covid pandemic makes our interview protocol much more complicated and time-consuming due to new distancing and testing requirements for correspondents and camera crews.”
Even if COVID concerns were a valid excuse, why would the deadline for a Sunday show be Thursday afternoon? What is even more concerning is the fact that the 60 Minutes deadline apparently did not apply to Florida State Representative Omari Hardy, a critic of DeSantis, who the network interviewed remotely.
DeSantis’ office submitted their responses to CBS’ questions on Friday, two days before the show aired. Of course, because it was the day after the arbitrary deadline set by the network, so the responses were not included in the show.