Wall Street Journal slams media for giving credibility to anti-DeSantis whistleblower

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The Wall Street Journal’s editorial board on Friday slammed the media for giving credence to former state health department employee Rebekah Jones, who claimed she was fired for refusing to edit Florida COVID-19 data.

Jones claimed in 2020 that she was fired from her position at the health department for not bowing to pressure to manipulate COVID-19 numbers. An investigation by Inspector General Michael J. Bennett found his claims to be false based on the evidence.

“Based on an analysis of the available evidence, the alleged conduct, as described by the complainant, did not occur,” Bennett’s report said. The governor’s office said she was fired for “insubordination.”

“A frequent phenomenon of our times is the commotion around an alleged scandal which, on examination, turns out to be false,” wrote the authors of the editorial board. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, R., has come under constant criticism from the left during the COVID-19 pandemic for refusing to impose restrictions in his state.

FORMER FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH EMPLOYEE REBEKAH JONES RECEIVES WHISTLEBLOWER STATUS

Former Florida Department of Health worker Rebekah Jones says being ordered to manipulate state coronavirus data has sparked a media frenzy.
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The Editorial Board noted several media headlines that accompanied the whistleblower’s allegations, including NPR, which wrote, “Florida Rejects Scientist for Refusal to Manipulate State’s Coronavirus Data,” at the era.

Cosmopolitan published a glowing profile on Jones in 2021, titled “Rebekah Jones tried to warn us about COVID-19. Now her freedom is at stake.”

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“Now the Florida Health Department’s Office of Inspector General has exonerated Mr. DeSantis. The IG has interviewed more than a dozen people who have worked with the state’s Covid data, including Ms. Jones’ supervisors. None have corroborated her claims,” ​​the editorial board wrote.

The Wall Street Journal editorial board slammed the media for giving credence to Florida whistleblower Rebekah Jones, who claimed she was fired for refusing to manipulate COVID-19 data when asked of the administration of Ron DeSantis.

The Wall Street Journal editorial board slammed the media for giving credence to Florida whistleblower Rebekah Jones, who claimed she was fired for refusing to manipulate COVID-19 data when asked of the administration of Ron DeSantis.
(AP Photo/Marta Lavandier)

The Miami Herald’s editorial board also published an article titled “Whistleblower Rebekah Jones’ victory over Florida’s DeSantis administration could be a victory for all of us”, which was heavily criticized.

The report also states that “if the complainant or another DOH staff member had falsified the COVID-19 data on the dashboard, then the dashboard would not have matched the data in the corresponding final daily report.”

BASH MEDIA CRITICISM FOR BRINGING UP REBEKAH JONES AMID NEW REVEALS OF HER ABUSIVE BEHAVIOR IN REPORT

The Wall Street Journal's editorial board has slammed the media for its gullible reporting of former Florida government worker Rebekah Jones and her allegations against Governor Ron DeSantis.

The Wall Street Journal’s editorial board has slammed the media for its gullible reporting of former Florida government worker Rebekah Jones and her allegations against Governor Ron DeSantis.
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He noted that the “gap” in the data would have been detectable not only by Ministry of Health staff, but also “local governments, researchers, the press/media and the general public”.

“One of the reasons so many Americans don’t trust the media is that they have come to realize that partisan narratives generate too much reporting. We wish they were wrong,” the editorial board concluded.

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Jones has appeared on CNN numerous times throughout the pandemic in 2020. She has made at least nine appearances on different CNN programs. She appeared most often on former presenter Chris Cuomo’s prime time show.

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