Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is punching back hard at CBS’ “60 Minutes” over the smear job they attempted on him last Sunday. The claim that he gave vaccine priority to the Publix chain in exchange for campaign donations has been strongly refuted by DeSantis, Publix, Democrat officials involved in the process (one called it absolute “malarkey” – I thought Biden promised us that if he were elected, there would be no more malarkey), and the facts. The revelation that “60 Minutes” deceptively edited a video of DeSantis to remove his explanation only made their story crater even faster. You know your hit piece on a Republican was a disaster when even CNN is running stories about how misleading it was.
DeSantis is now giving a great example to other Republicans of how to react when the biased media lob their phony stinkbombs. He told a crowd that the show’s narrative was “a piece of horse manure,” adding, “These are smear merchants — that’s why nobody trusts corporate media. They are a disaster in what they’re doing.”
“They knew what they were doing was a lie. I knew what they were doing was a lie. Everybody here knows what they were doing is a lie…Unless you’re a partisan leftist, do not trust corporate media. You can’t trust them. They’re not trustworthy. They will lie. They will smear and they just move on to the next target and think that they’re going to be able to get away with it."
There’s more to his statement, and it’s all worth reading at the link.
Bear in mind, these are the same “journalists” who relentlessly attacked everything Trump said and called it a lie, but who now lick Joe Biden’s hand like neutered Pomeranians. They make North Korean reporters’ treatment of Kim Jong Un look hard-hitting. If Biden claimed to have gone golfing and sunk 18 holes in one, they’d respond with, “Congratulations, sir!”
For their part, “60 Minutes” still claims to stand by their nakedly dishonest story, even claiming that the video that was clearly edited to mislead viewers was merely edited for “clarity.” I haven’t heard such jaw-dropping denial since the Monty Python “Dead Parrot” sketch.
Unlike “60 Minutes,” I don’t claim that my newsletter is some towering icon of journalism. We find stories we think are important or interesting and pass them along to you with commentary. But on those rare occasions when we make a mistake (it happens to everyone; that’s why journalism is called “the first draft of history” and newspapers have a daily “Corrections” page), we write a correction. Why can’t “60 Minutes” just own up to this?
Maybe because we merely correct honest mistakes. It’s a lot harder to say, “Sorry, folks! We tried to dishonesty smear someone we oppose politically with a story that was nothing but hot garbage. We never imagined we’d get called out for it. You have our solemn vow that in the future, we’ll try to do a better job of crafting our slimeball hit pieces so they’re not so obvious.”