WASHINGTON — Want to understand why a January poll found that 56% of Americans believe that “journalists and reporters are purposely trying to mislead people by saying things they know are false or gross exaggerations”? Just look at the hit job “60 Minutes” did on Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.

According to “60 Minutes,” critics alleged that DeSantis engaged in “pay-to-play” with his vaccine rollout, favoring the grocery chain Publix by giving it the vaccine distribution contract in Palm Beach County after the company gave $100,000 to his reelection campaign. When correspondent Sharyn Alfonsi asked him about it at a news conference, DeSantis systematically took apart her accusations — but “60 Minutes” selectively edited his answer to remove the exculpatory information.

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