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CBS Responds to Criticism of ’60 Minutes’ Report on Florida’s DeSantis

CBS on Tuesday responded to strong criticism of its report on COVID-19 vaccinations in Florida, which included accusing Gov. Ron DeSantis of engaging in a “pay-to-play” scheme with Publix. Several prominent Democrats defended DeSantis against the accusation, including Jared Moskowitz, a former Democratic state senator who now runs the state Division of Emergency Management. Moskowitz said his office suggested Publix and called the report “absolute malarkey.” Another Democrat, former state Rep. Dave Kerner, the current Palm Beach County mayor, called the reporting “intentionally false” because, he said, he offered to speak with CBS but the network rejected the offer. In a statement in response, CBS spokesman Kevin Tedesco shared a link with The Epoch Times via email of a local CBS reporter speaking with Kerner a day after “60 Minutes” aired. He also said that “60 Minutes” asked the governor twice for an interview but that those requests were denied. He …

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