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Democrat Palm Beach County Mayor: 60 Minutes Report ‘Intentionally False,’ Declined Offer to Refute It

Democrat Palm Beach County Mayor: 60 Minutes Report ‘Intentionally False,’ Declined Offer to Refute It

“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.”

60 Minutes “reported” DeSantis engaged in a “pay for play” scheme with Publix. He gave them the contract to distribute COVID vaccinations in exchange for a $100,000 donation.

In a statement, Democrat Palm Beach County Mayor Dave Kerner described the 60 Minutes as “intentionally false” and that the news program declined his “insight.”

Kerner wrote:

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 [sic] declined. 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 vaccination centers throughout the county, which the Governor has been incredibly supportive. We asked and he delivered. They had that information, and they left it out because it kneecaps their narrative.

“We have confronted this pandemic for over a year,” continued Kerner. “Our residents, like all Americans, are tired. And the media is making it worse. They are hellbent on dividing us for cheap views and clicks. 60 Minutes should be ashamed.”

Kerner is the second Democrat to support DeSantis.

Democrat Jared Moskowitz, Director of the Florida Division of Emergency Management, already had to shut down these false claims in early March.


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Ghost Rider | April 5, 2021 at 2:43 pm

Imagine that…….. the news media lying about strong Republicans….. it is a repeat pattern. They would never do such a thing to someone like Mitten Romney.

    Massinsanity in reply to Ghost Rider. | April 5, 2021 at 5:16 pm

    Let me fix the last sentence for you by adding one word:

    “They would never do such a thing to someone like Mitten Romney” now.

    In 2012 Mitt Romney was a racist and a murdered who kept women in binders.

Defamation? 60 minutes might want to look at how NYT’s dismissal went against Project Veritas’ defamation suit.

Burn_the_Witch | April 5, 2021 at 3:17 pm

I suppose the individuals and organizations responsible for spreading these lies and propaganda will summarily have their social media accounts flagged or banned any day now.

Any day now…

I know I speak for several million, a compelling majority of Floridians who feel, they couldn’t possibly be better governed or spoken for than by our famously disabusing, clear-eyedly fact-asserting, media-trash identifying chief executive, Ron DeSantis.

He, our main man in Tallahassee, knows a slithering motion — issuing a wannabe journo’s reckless pitch that, not only ain’t gonna cross the plate, but is gunning to hurt him — when he sees one.

Ron’s a real guy and we can’t praise his skill and virtue enough.

    randian in reply to GatorGuy. | April 6, 2021 at 12:13 am

    You can be sure Broward and Palm Beach counties will be ramping up the vote fraud to replace DeSantis with Fried.

Blaise MacLean | April 5, 2021 at 4:17 pm

This sounds deliberate falsehood. I wonder if it rises to the level of “actual malice”?

    jakebizlaw in reply to Blaise MacLean. | April 5, 2021 at 5:41 pm

    I believe that “actual malice” includes reckless disregard for the truth or falsity of a statement. I think this qualifies and would love to see DeSantis sue CBS.

      Blaise MacLean in reply to jakebizlaw. | April 5, 2021 at 9:44 pm

      Right. So if it includes “reckless” then, in a sane world, “deliberate” should be a slam-dunk no?

There is at least one somewhat honest Dhimmi-crat in Florida, I suppose.

The mayor’s comments confirm what everyone already knows, and, has known, for a long time — the Dhimmi-crat media prostitute-propagandists are not interested in facts, objectivity or truth, but, only in vilifying conservatives, perpetuating Dhimmi-crat narratives and talking points, and, disseminating Dhimmi-crat propaganda.

I stopped watching 60 Minutes 40 years ago because I was sick of the leftist agenda. Shocker! They haven’t improved.

    Massinsanity in reply to irv. | April 5, 2021 at 5:21 pm

    60 Minutes was watched regularly in our home when I was a kid. Then they did a hit piece on the company my father worked for and it was a real eye opener for him and my mother. Needless to say we all stopped watching. I don’t trust a thing they put out.

healthguyfsu | April 5, 2021 at 4:45 pm

Even though he’s a public figure, Is this a potential slander suit with demonstrably false reporting???

I wonder if a non-public figure interested party can sue for something other than defamation.

henrybowman | April 5, 2021 at 5:25 pm

My RI centenarian mom now living in FL gets all her news from CNN. She refers to CBS as “the Republican station.” That’s the level of gaslighting we’re up against, folks.

    DaveGinOly in reply to henrybowman. | April 5, 2021 at 6:35 pm

    My folks were like that too. (Also in RI.) I “disabused” them of a similar belief in the 1980s, and they were ever since suspicious of the media. (El Rushbo helped.)

    My break with 60 Minutes occurred due to the General Westmorland story. I went over the numbers CBS provided concerning losses to the VC and NVA and detected a rat. (I believe I still have the TV Guide issue that has a major story about the 60 Minutes report.)

      Sternverbs in reply to DaveGinOly. | April 6, 2021 at 8:49 am

      I can recall the much beloved Walter Cronkite telling us every night how America was losing the Vietnam war, and that we were on the WRONG side of fighting communism were we found it, around the globe. We lost the Tet Offensive…by sacrificing 12,000 of our own troops to get over 1,000,000 o theirs.

      Math is racist.

The Dan Rather Bush National Guard memo hoax. One of the exceedingly few hoaxes which a knowledgeable person could detect on his own. All you had to know was that proportional fonts didn’t exist at the time the memo was supposedly written.

EVEN SO, the hoaxers doubled, tripled, and quadrupled down, and I’m sure that brainwashed useful idiots still believe it was real. THAT’S what we’re up against.

    The Friendly Grizzly in reply to gibbie. | April 5, 2021 at 9:24 pm

    The fonts did exist on a relatively rare typewriter called the IBM Executive. But. Rather’s “,evidence ” didn’t come from one. It was far too perfect.

After all the many, previous, er, um, challenges, by CBS news in presenting factual information, they should have lost their broadcast license DECADES ago.

    GatorGuy in reply to Sternverbs. | April 6, 2021 at 2:55 pm

    . . . Under the current (truly independent, bipartisan) FCC structure. Give the federal agency a little more time, under the Biden-Harris regime, to fully mature — into a single-party-and-view, full-blown Orwellian Truth organ. And then, 60 Minutes will shine, way past the Bush & DeSantis episodes, with no need on its part for caution, into . . . the news magazine that’s never controversial — like, say, Pravda, or Izvestia.