New emails from Governor Ron DeSantis’s camp (R-Fla.) submitted to Fox News highlight the sleazy way of CBS 60 minutes The team operated ahead of their Sunday night ax job, suggesting (with no actual connection evidence) that DeSantis has embarked on a “pay-to-play” program with supermarket chain Publix over vaccine distribution.
March 31, the Wednesday before the show, 60 minutes Associate producer Emily Gordon sent a list of questions to Meredith Beatrice, a DeSantis staff member, with a deadline set for Thursday at 5 p.m. Beatrice asked for more time. The next morning, the segment’s lead producer, Oriana Zill de Granados, confirmed to Beatrice that the DeSantis report would air on Sunday and wrote: “Please send us your responses when you can.”
Why the rush? We noted when CBS aired the same DeSantis-Publix conspiracy theory on CBS this morning Saturday on February 20, but which has a much smaller audience (and less prestige) than 60 minutes. That prestige has to come from professionalism, but it’s more about who CBS chooses to punish.
Beatrice then requested that they interview Jared Moskowitz, the Democrat who runs the state’s emergency management agency, who she said was available that day and Friday to do a studio or Skype interview. This is where it gets weird. Either way, the deadline for a Sunday night show is …Thursday afternoon?
The “60 Minutes” producer replied that he had requested an official interview with Moskowitz “several times” since February and claimed he had not responded to the messages since mid-March.
DeSantis’ office stressed that it was “important” for CBS News to interview Moskowitz and Palm Beach County Mayor David Kerner, who Zill de Granados said did not respond to inquiries.
“Thank you for your participation. Unfortunately, the deadline has passed, ”Zill de Granados told Beatrice on Thursday afternoon.. “As you may know, the Covid pandemic makes our interview protocol much more complicated and time consuming due to new distance and testing requirements for correspondents and film crews.
However, that standard did not appear to apply to Florida State Representative Omari Hardy, a DeSantis critic whom “60 Minutes” correspondent Sharyn Alfonsi interviewed remotely.
Does anyone think that if some new dirt on DeSantis appeared on Saturday CBS would have said “too late I can’t include it”?
Moskowitz, for some reason, had spoken to CBS but refused to do so on camera. That’s not to say that what he told them off-camera couldn’t be included!
“I spoke to @ 60Minutes. I never said I didn’t,” Moskowitz tweeted. “They were very nice, but I told them the @publix story was’ bulls —” I explained the whole process to them.
“The fact that I didn’t sit in front of the ‘camera’ because I was responding to a century-old emergency doesn’t change the truth,” he added. The Federalist noted that he even had tweeted about the fake story a month before the CBS segment aired.
Even CNN “Reliable sources” newsletter included criticism of CBS’s liberal elite:
– Tom jones said “60 minutes” missed “the mark” in his Florida vaccine rollout story. Jones pointed out that the program suggested a payment system to play between Governor Ron DeSantis and Publix, but did not provide proof. “There really was no the the…” (Poynter)
– Ben smith [New York Times media columnist] on CBS standing close to the story: “Broadcast TV remains worse than anyone at quickly admitting when they screwed up …” (Twitter)