Posted 8 days ago
If conservatives learned anything from the Donald Trump presidency, it was that fighting back pays off.
Former President Trump fought back against liberal activists disguised as journalists in the White House press corps, he fought back against the liberal Hollywood entertainment complex and he fought back especially hard with the monolithic institutions of the establishment media.
Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida is proving he learned that lesson well — particularly after the CBS program “60 Minutes” staged a nationally televised smear job on him on Sunday.
In the segment, which tried to blast Florida’s coronavirus vaccination program based on apparently isolated problems — no state in the country has had a perfect vaccination experience — “60 Minutes” correspondent Sharyn Alfonsi essentially accused DeSantis of running a “pay to play” operation by putting the Florida-based Publix Super Markets grocery store chain in charge of vaccination distribution.
DeSantis, of course, is no shrinking violet when it comes to defending himself. And, it showed Tuesday on a visit to Panama City, in the Florida Panhandle. In response to a question at the tail end of a news conference, DeSantis lashed out at “60 Minutes” and the “smear merchants” of the establishment media as a whole.
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“They cut out everything that showed their narrative was a piece of horse manure,” he said, drawing laughter from a crowd that knew he had a stronger word than “manure” in mind.
“It shows you how dishonest — 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.”
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Virtually since it aired, the segment has been drawing fire even from places liberals would least expect it — like the self-described “progressive” and former Democratic state Rep. Jared Moskowitz, now the director of Florida’s Division of Emergency Management, and Palm Beach County Mayor Dave Kerner.
In a nutshell, Alfonsi’s segment implied DeSantis had chosen Publix for the vaccination program in return for campaign contributions.
In a Twitter post, Moskowitz, who will be stepping down from his post at the end of April, called the contention “absolute malarkey.”
In a statement published by WPEC-TV in West Palm Beach, Kerner — the top Democrat in a notoriously Democratic county — used even stronger language.
“I watched the 60 Minutes segment on Palm Beach County last night and feel compelled to issue this statement. The reporting was not just based on bad information — it was intentionally false. I know this because I offered to provide my insight into Palm Beach County’s vaccination efforts and 60 Minutes declined,” Kerner said.
“They know that the Governor came to Palm Beach County and met with me and the County Administrator and we asked to expand the state’s partnership with Publix to Palm Beach County. We also discussed our own local plans to expand mass vaccinations center... (Read more)
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