The Democratic mayor of Palm Beach County slammed CBS on Monday for what he called an "intentionally false" report on Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis regarding the latter's state vaccination program.
"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," said Mayor David Kerner. "I know this because I offered to provide my insight into Palm Beach County's vaccination efforts and '60 Minutes' declined."
The "60 Minutes" piece selectively edited DeSantis's words regarding his administration's partnership with grocery chain Publix, implying that DeSantis had given the grocer preference due to a $100,000 campaign donation.
Kerner said he and the county administrator had asked the governor to expand the partnership with Publix, calling DeSantis "incredibly supportive."
"We asked and [DeSantis] delivered," he said. "They had that information, and they left it out because it kneecaps their narrative."
Kerner also blasted the media for purposely creating a divisive story.
"We have confronted this pandemic for over a year. Our residents, like all Americans, are tired. And the media is making it worse," he said. "They are hellbent on dividing us for cheap views and clicks. '60 Minutes' should be ashamed."
The mayor thanked DeSantis for his work and noted that the partnership with Publix has allowed more than 275,000 seniors in Palm Beach County, "over 75% of the total senior population," to be immunized so far.