Florida Governor is Threatening a Television Network After a Contentious Interview
During a Sunday night interview, Ron DeSantis had a contentious interview with 60 Minutes with Sharyn Alfonsi. Now the Florida governor is threatening consequences against the CBS which broadcast the piece.
The Republican lawmaker has been heavily criticized for the vaccine roll-out in his state. The 60 Minutes piece focused on the distribution of inoculations to Publix grocery stores. Not only are the stores found in wealthier areas of the state, the chain had also given DeSantis a $100,000 donation earlier in the year.
While speaking with Alfonsi, the governor claimed, “I met with all the folks in Palm Beach County and I said, ‘here’s some of the options. We can do more drive-thru sites. We can give more to hospitals. We can do the Publix.’ And they said, ‘We think that would be the easiest thing for our residents.”
Now DeSantis’ team is claiming that the interview was selectively edited. And he threatened CBS over the matter during a Tuesday press conference. He told reporters he was, “going to bite back and hold (CBS) accountable. What they’re saying is a total crock, that somehow only Publix was getting (the vaccine) is nonsense. And we told them it was that and they cut it out. They spliced it because they can’t handle the truth. … So they went for the smear.”
60 Minutes released a statement about the issue on Tuesday which read, “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.”