Fox News has obtained new emails that reveal the behind-the-scenes shenanigans by CBS producers ahead of the 60 Minutes hit piece on Governor DeSantis:
Emails obtained by Fox News shed light on some of the correspondence that took place between CBS News and DeSantis’ office ahead of Sunday’s broadcast.
On March 31, the Wednesday before airing, “60 Minutes” associate producer Emily Gordon sent a list of questions to DeSantis communications staffer Meredith Beatrice with a response deadline set for the following day at 5 p.m. The questions included: “How did the state determine that seniors were at greater risk” to the coronavirus “than other groups,” a response to claims from “sources” who say the vaccine rollout “favored wealthier communities” while “African American and Hispanic residents” were “not getting vaccinated as quickly” as White people.
Beatrice responded by requesting that DeSantis’ office be given more time to answer the questions. However, CBS never replied, according to a source close to the situation.
The next morning, “60 Minutes” producer Oriana Zill de Granados confirmed to Beatrice that the report on DeSantis would air on Sunday and wrote: “Please send us your responses when you are able.”
According to the emails obtained by Fox News, Beatrice then requested Zill de Granados and Gordon interview Moskowitz, who she said was available that day and Friday to do an interview either in a studio or by Skype.
The “60 Minutes” producer replied that they had requested an on-the-record interview with Moskowitz “repeatedly” since February and claimed that he had not responded to messages since mid-March.
DeSantis’ office stressed that it was “important” for CBS News to interview Moskowitz and Palm Beach County Mayor David Kerner, who Zill de Granados said was not responsive to inquiries.
“Thank you for your input. Unfortunately, the deadline has passed,” Zill de Granados told Beatrice on Thursday afternoon. “As you may know, the Covid pandemic makes our interview protocol much more complicated and time-consuming due to new distancing and testing requirements for correspondents and camera crews.”
However, that standard appeared not to apply to Florida State Rep. Omari Hardy, a DeSantis critic who “60 Minutes” correspondent Sharyn Alfonsi interviewed remotely.
“Luckily, we have already spoken to Director Moskowitz several times,” Zill de Granados continued. “We appreciate his perspective on the roll out in Florida. We have included the information he provided on background as it pertains to this story”. Zill de Granados also noted that Moskowitz had been asked to do on-camera interviews on Feb. 28 and March 12.
In fact they had spoken to Director Moskowitz but they did NOT appreciate his perspective, as he had told them that HIS office selected Publix and the whole story was ‘bullshit’. Moskowitz responded to the statement from 60 Minutes yesterday saying…
I did speak with @60Minutes. Never said I didn’t. They were very nice, but I told them that the @publix story was “bullshit”. Walked them through the whole process.The fact that I didn’t sit down on “camera” because I am responding to a 100 year emergency doesn’t change the truth https://t.co/G7QNsV42V5
— Jared MASKowitz 😷 (@JaredEMoskowitz) April 6, 2021
We’ve already seen video of DeSantis walking their reporter through exactly what happened. And now we find out that Moskowitz walked them through it as well and told them the same thing DeSantis told them, that their story was complete garbage, and yet they refused to include both statements! It’s almost like they already had a narrative they wanted to tell and didn’t want to air anything that was counter to that narrative, even if it was the truth.
Fox News asked Moskowitz about this:
When asked by Fox News if he thought “60 Minutes” “appreciated his perspective” on the vaccine rollout, Moskowitz replied, “Did you see the perspective that the person in charge of the Covid response told them how Publix was selected in their agency and that the contribution story was garbage?
“They ran with pay to play, when I told them it was done by my agency and why and how. Did you see that perspective?” Moskowitz added.
We also know that Palm Beach County Mayor David Kerner said he offered to provide 60 Minutes his insights into their vaccination efforts, but he says they declined. The 60 Minutes producer claimed above that Kerner had been unresponsive to inquiries. These two things can’t both be true, and given the facts we already know, I’m gonna go with Kerner on this one.
The bottom line is that CBS 60 Minutes had the entire truth, corroborated by DeSantis, Director Moskowitz and Mayor Kerner, and they chose not to air it. Instead they pushed their own ‘pay to play’ conspiracy theories to hurt DeSantis and they did it intentionally.
I hope DeSantis sues their pants off.