Media darling Rebekah Jones' claims of Florida COVID data manipulation 'did not occur,' IG says

Jones has long claimed the Florida Department of Health manipulated coronavirus numbers at the Republican governor’s behest to allow the state to reopen at the height of the pandemic. 然而, her story was declared to be bogus by an internal report by Inspector General Michael J. Bennett, who investigates whistleblower complaints in the Sunshine State.

Based upon an analysis of the available evidence, the alleged conduct, as described by the complainant, did not occur,” 报告说.

Rebekah Jones became a media darling in 2020 after she dubiously accused the DeSantis administration of pressuring her to fudge the state's COVID data.

Rebekah Jones became a media darling in 2020 after she dubiously accused the DeSantis administration of pressuring her to fudge the state’s COVID data. (路透社)

CNN’S JAKE TAPPER RETWEETS CRITICISM OF REBEKAH JONES AFTER PROMOTING HER FAKE CONSPIRACIES ON-AIR

康奈尔大学法学院教授兼媒体评论家威廉·A. Jacobson believes mainstream media coverage of Jonescontinued the tradition of treating incredible people as credible based on how damaging their accusations would be to a Republicanin power.

“在这种情况下, the target was Republican star Governor Ron DeSantis, so anything went. Now that the story has been exposed as a fable, CNN and other media who hyped the accusations have mostly moved on,” Jacobson told Fox News Digital.

琼斯, who channeled her media fame into becoming a Democratic candidate for Congress challenging Rep. 马特·盖兹, R-Fla。, spent two years making public claims that DeSantis’ administration falsified data.

Our office feels that the report speaks for itself so we aren’t adding further comments,” a DeSantis spokesperson told Fox News Digital.

Jones’ initial claims were bolstered by the mainstream media, and the glowing coverage elevated her profile on a national level.

CNN HEAVILY PROMOTED REBEKAH JONESFAKE CONSPIRACY ACCUSING DESANTIS ADMIN OF ALTERING COVID DATA

From May 2020 to December 2020, Jones made at least nine separate on-air appearances on CNN shows, most often onCuomo Prime Time.

Former CNN star Chris Cuomo made Jones a semi-regular on the show, speaking to her on at least five occasions. Other outlets, including MSNBC, 迈阿密先驱报, The Washington Post and NBC News helped build Jones’ profile, and she received an adoring profile in Cosmopolitan.

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