“I think, fortunately, a lot of Americans don’t believe corporate media anymore for precisely this reason. They edited out all of the key facts,” Ron DeSantis said on Fox News before embarrassing the now-disgraced 60 Minutes.
“I gave a very detailed two-minute response at the press conference. They edited out all of the facts; you just showed some of the facts. There’s even more. I mean, the reason why Palm Beach wanted to do Publix, they have 65 Publix, and 90% of their seniors live within a mile and a half.
“And so we were in a situation where that was very convenient, and it made a lot of sense. CBS cut that out, and they acted like we weren’t trying to make it widely available. Also, there was no deal with Publix.
“They are one of the most respected companies in Florida. People love it. It would be malpractice not to use them as a distribution point, but the state never paid them a dime to do any of this.
“And we also had it in other pharmacies, CVS and Walgreens, from the very beginning, but they were going into the long-term care facilities at that time, so we wanted them to finish the mission.
“Here’s the bottom line, in Palm Beach we’ve done over 275,000 seniors that have gotten shots statewide.
“We have done 3.5 million seniors that have gotten shots, so we’ve done one of the best jobs in the country at protecting our seniors.
“The results speak for themselves. But they didn’t want to tell you that because they know that will blow up their narrative.
“They were looking to do a hit job on me to try to smear me just because I’m in the other party than them. That’s the only reason.
“You know, they are based in New York. What do they do with the Governor of New York who is in their party?
“They do puff pieces. They do all of this stuff. Would you rather get a vaccine as a senior in Florida or up in New York? Obviously, we’ve done a much better job protecting seniors.
“This is partisan corporate media. And I think at this point, these people like this reporter, you know, they are basically ambulance chasers with a microphone.
“They are not trustworthy. They lie. We know they’re lying. They know that we know they’re lying, and yet they lie, and they lie, and they lie.”
Steve Doocy asked, “Governor, are you saying ’60 Minutes’ has a political agenda to make you look bad, perhaps to neutralize you as an up-and-coming force in the Republican Party?”
“Is the Pope Catholic?” DeSantis said.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis rips 60 Minutes' hit against him and Publix on Tucker Carlson Tonight:— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) April 6, 2021
"They didn’t tell you we were doing African American church vaccination drives before Publix gave a single shot… They don’t believe in facts. It was a political narrative." pic.twitter.com/ZNPD8yRO6F
This is wild. Watch Ron DeSantis’s full answer on Publix, Walgreen’s and CVS vaccine distribution and look at the edited cut 60 Minutes used: pic.twitter.com/FqTRgOZS9Z— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) April 5, 2021
Campaign finance reports obtained by 60 Minutes show that weeks before Florida Governor Ron DeSantis announced a partnership with Publix grocery stores to distribute the vaccine in its pharmacies, Publix donated $100,000 to his PAC. https://t.co/bS3ZBeET1W pic.twitter.com/BSUlpVbXSP— 60 Minutes (@60Minutes) April 4, 2021