I wrote Monday about how the Miami Herald was so desperate to “get something” on Gov. Ron DeSantis after over two years of trying and failing that they were hanging their hopes on thoroughly discredited Florida data technician Rebekah Jones.
Jones rose to national prominence a year ago after proclaiming without evidence she was told to manipulate data displayed on Florida’s COVID dashboard in a manner that would further justify DeSantis’ plans to reopen the state. In media appearances, Jones claimed she was fired for refusing to do so. CNN was instrumental in elevating her profile, with anchor Chris Cuomo amplifying her false claims and abusing his platform in trying to make his brother New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo look like a magnificent crisis leader in contrast.
And now, just a few days after writing a glowing editorial all but literally congratulating Jones after the state’s Inspector General granted her official whistleblower status, the Herald is back with another attempted hit piece against DeSantis that contains private messages exchanged between Jones (who leaked them to the Herald) and Democrat Jared Moskowitz, who was appointed director of Florida’s emergency management department by DeSantis in December 2018.
Included in the piece were not only some of those messages, which don’t amount to much in the scheme of things but which are used to insinuate that someone DeSantis trusted was, in turn, oddly trusting of a prominent critic who was on his administration’s radar (more on that in just a minute), but also thousands of Florida DOH emails the Herald obtained from Jones which, while voluminous, still do not prove Jones’ central claim against DeSantis, as CBS12 reporter Jay O’Brien – who has tracked Jones’ story closely – pointed out on his Twitter page this morning:
The Herald piece then adds additional evidence to what’s previously been reported — Jones disagreed with decisions on the data threshold to reopen and objected to briefly removing a column of data about the date of COVID symptom onset.
But, that’s not deleting anything.
— Jay O’Brien (@jayobtv) June 4, 2021
Jones has repeatedly
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