CBS defends "60 Minutes" after Florida governor calls show "dishonest" over Publix report
CBS issued a statement in defense of "60 Minutes" on Wednesday after Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) said the program was "dishonest" about the state's partnership with Publix, which is spreading COVID-19 - Vaccines dominated in Palm Beach County.
Driving the News: DeSantis called the show "bribes" because it reported on Sunday that poor communities without Publix supermarkets had been left in Belle Glade, Palm Beach County's Glades area.
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He listed several centers and pop-up sites in the county, citing CVS and Wallgreens as vaccination options.
What They Say: CBS said in a statement first received by the Washington Post that Publix was the "only" pharmacy with vaccines for seniors in the general Palm Beach County population in January.
It was emphasized that the show's focus was on the Glades area of the county. Most Black and Hispanic residents had to drive 25 miles if they had a car or took a long bus ride to the nearest Publix.
CBS added that COVID vaccines didn't reach the Glades until late February for CVS and mid-March for Walgreens - "long after the governor began distributing the vaccine to Publix on Jan. 21."
CVS and Wallgreen distributed vaccines to nursing homes through federal programs, which is why DeSantis' comments on these companies were not included in the program, CBS added.
For the record: The show caught the ire of DeSantis and other politicians in the state after allegations the governor announced the Publix partnership weeks after the grocery group gave its PAC $ 100,000. Both DeSantis and Publix deny any wrongdoing.
Jared Moskowitz, a Democrat with the Florida Emergency Management Department, tweeted Tuesday that he said "60 minutes" the Publix story was "bulls - t."
Palm Beach County Mayor Dave Kerner, D, in a statement Monday accused CBS of being "deliberately wrong".
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