60 Minutes attempted to do a hit piece on Florida Governor, Ron DeSantis this past weekend. And while they did achieve the point of twisting the Republican Governor’s words and actions regarding a donation to his PAC from the Publix grocery store chain, tying it (unsuccessfully) to the pandemic and the fact that Publix is one of the pharmacies that is giving the COVID shots.
Stahl’s attempt to play Mike Wallace showed just how amateurish 60 Minutes has become. When Wallace went after someone, the case was so well buttoned up, and the perpetrator was so well exposed, they would run and hide if they saw Wallace coming. Stahl could hold a candle to his style. Instead, she stammers through a wildly inept piece. And when DeSantis was asked at a press conference about the accusations that Stahl was making (for the piece), the numbnuts at 60 Minutes took at two minute complete explanation of what happened down to a few seconds. When called on it, their response was, “For over 50 years, the facts reported by 60 MINUTES have often stirred debate and prompted strong reactions. Our story Sunday night speaks for itself.” Yawn!
First of all, let’s look at something Stahl and her team failed to look at…the facts.
Publix is the largest grocery store chain in Florida. Their pharmacies are used by millions of Floridians. They have 800 or so stores in the state. If Ron DeSantis’ people wouldn’t have used Publix, I would have wondered what in hell was wrong with them. Instead, they chose to use one of the most available chains in the state. And Publix wasn’t the only large-chain store in the state to administer the vaccine. CVS Pharmacy also was tabbed to do so, yet there wasn’t any mention of that because they apparently didn’t contribute to DeSantis’ PAC. Vaccines are also available at every single County Health Department, every single Hospital, and well over 4,000 other locations in the state.
So, let’s ask ourselves the obvious question. Why the hit piece in the first place?
Florida has been one of the shining beacons of handling COVID. They have had fewer deaths, fewer cases, and better results overall than say, California, who has locked their citizens down. Meanwhile, for the most part (spring break not withstanding), Floridians have been free to do what they want for the last few months. And they have done so without a huge spike in cases or deaths. Florida is one of the big reasons that states like Mississippi and Texas decided to loosen up their grip. Here in the desert, our Governor basically has done the same thing in the last 10 days or so.
That success has catapulted DeSantis into the forefront of the 2024 Presidential Nomination race on the Republican side, and Democrats are extremely worried that if he gets the nomination, he’ll make mincemeat of the current resident of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. DiSantis, according to the latest polls has joined former Vice President, Mike Pence, and former UN Ambassador and South Carolina Governor, Nikki Haley as the top three contenders for the nomination (other than Trump of course).
60 Minutes USED to be a reliable, credible news outlet that exposed corruption and wrong-doing to an eager public. Unfortunately, they have fallen into the CBS trap of trying to spin everything news against anything conservative. Back in the day, they were routinely the number one or two show in television, and always won their timeslot. Sunday? They were beaten in all demographics by America’s Funniest Videos. And not just by a little. That little nugget has Mike Wallace’s frozen head exploding!
Carry on world…you’re dismissed!