Fired Florida data technician Rebekah Jones has been in the news quite a bit in recent weeks, not because she’s been vindicated in any way whatsoever regarding her allegations against Gov. Ron DeSantis, but for three main reasons:
1) She was once and for all thoroughly exposed as a fraud, with no wiggle room left for any doubt.
2) She undercut a central claim to her case against DeSantis on Twitter by accidentally admitting she lied about supposedly being asked to manipulate the state’s COVID death data.
3) Her accomplices at the Miami Herald have been trying to revive Jones’ tattered reputation because they desperately need her to be viewed as credible in hopes she can do what they haven’t been able to: Take down DeSantis.
Jones, you’ll recall, alleged in May 2020 that she was fired from the DOH for allegedly being asked to massage the data on Florida’s COVID dashboard in a way that would further justify Gov. DeSantis’ plans for reopening the state. Though Jones became a media darling in the aftermath, to date, she has failed to back up her claims, and attempts from the few honest brokers left in the Florida press corps to get people to come forward to substantiate her claims have also been unsuccessful in the 13 months since she made them.
In yet another bad sign for Jones, earlier today, Twitter suspended her account, presumably for spamming the link to the Herald’s latest attempted hit piece on DeSantis in which private messages and DOH emails she leaked to them featured prominently:
Twitter says it has suspended Rebekah Jones for “Violating our rules against platform manipulation and spam.” Jones says she is planning to appeal and that the suspension could last “a day or two.” Tells me “Maybe sharing that article 50 times was a few times too many…” pic.twitter.com/knl4NhdneC
— Forrest Saunders (@FBSaunders) June 7, 2021
Some allege she may have shared it hundreds of times within an hour’s time span.
DeSantis’ office responded accordingly, pointing out that Jones had hurt many of her former colleagues at DOH by repeatedly spreading baseless
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