Some people lie and feel guilty. The media lies and feels proud.
On Sunday, CBS’s 60 Minutes ran an incredibly dishonest hit piece on Gov. Ron DeSantis to manufacture a scandal. You can read about the full episode here, but in short: 60 Minutes accused DeSantis of a pay-for-play with Publix then edited out the part of his answer that explains that Publix was ready to distribute vaccines while its competitors were not.
Here’s the clip:
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
That’s right, Publix (the most ubiquitous grocery chain in Florida) first volunteered while CVS and Walgreens were contracted to vaccinate long-term care facilities before the public. That’s the scandal CBS tried to invent this week. Despite backlash from both the Right and the Left, CBS is doubling down, standing by its hit piece.
Mediaite first reported that CBS is standing by its editing, telling the outlet it did so for “clarity.”
“As we always do for clarity, 60 Minutes used the portion of the governor’s over two-minute response that directly addressed the question from the correspondent,” a CBS spokesman for the network said in a statement to Mediaite.
Ah, clarity. You mean clarity for the picture you were trying to paint without any paint?
None of this surprises me. CBS is not a balanced news network, it just gets less attention for its biases than NBC and ABC. CBS executives are likely proud of the spin-job 60 Minutes pulled off Sunday. Think about it: not everyone is aware of the real clip or the backlash — 60 Minutes accomplished what it wanted.
The national media is the worst, and they don’t even bother to hide it anymore.
UPDATE: 60 Minutes just released a new, lengthier statement on the episode.
— Shelby Talcott (@ShelbyTalcott) April 6, 2021