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Fox News senior political analyst Brit Hume panned CBS’s long-running “60 Minutes” program over a Sunday segment that improperly suggested Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis engaged in a “pay-for-play” arrangement with grocery chain Publix to distribute COVID-19 vaccines.
The newsmagazine implied that DeSantis awarded Publix with the rights to provide vaccines in response to the chain’s donation of $100,000 to a DeSantis political action committee, which the governor denied.
In addition, “60 Minutes” producers were accused of deceptively editing video of a news conference where DeSantis explained the state’s reasoning for going with Publix, namely, because its stores are geographically located near the bulk of Florida’s most vulnerable populations.
“The reporting was not just based on bad information — it was intentionally false,” Democratic Palm Beach County Mayor Dave Kerner said Monday in a statement.