It was less than six months ago Donald Trump’s campaign released his full interview with CBS’s Lesley Stahl after the anchor pledged on set to refuse to air legitimate and verified claims by the Republican president. Now, the network’s flagship program faces another round of what’s become routine backlash for activist reporting.
CBS’ “60 Minutes” drew fire this week for airing a special Sunday on Florida’s coronavirus vaccine rollout. The flagship program manipulated statements to frame Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis as engaged in political patronage with vaccine distribution.
CBS charged DeSantis with prioritizing vaccine distribution through Publix, the state’s most widespread supermarket, after its corporate owners donated $100,000 to political action committees that supported the Republican governor’s 2018 campaign. CBS producers, however, selectively sliced DeSantis’s responses to fit the network’s manufactured narrative by omitting his refutation of their charges on air.
WATCH: CBS and @60Minutes excluded context from Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis in which he explains the steps his