NBC Information was roasted for publishing an “absurd botched hit piece” that criticized Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ coronavirus vaccination plan for prioritizing senior residents, corresponding to Holocaust survivors and veterans, as a result of they could be Republican voters.

The piece, headline “Florida governor accused of playing politics with Covid vaccine,” was first revealed by NBC Information on Thursday however got here underneath hearth on Saturday when the Peacock Community promoted the story on Twitter.

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NBC Information senior author Corky Siemaszko wrote DeSantis’ coronavirus vaccine distribution plan has been “marked by chaos” and “critics say he’s been quick to recognize the political gold in those precious doses” as a result of the Republican governor “ignored federal guidelines and prioritized getting senior citizens” the coveted vaccine first.

“When Holocaust survivors and Cuban survivors of the Bay of Pigs debacle — revered members of two other key Florida voting blocs — got their first shots, DeSantis made sure he was there for the news conferences,” Siemaszko wrote.

“Now the governor stands accused of using the Covid-19 vaccine to reward powerful political supporters and developers by setting up pop-up vaccination sites in planned communities they developed and where GOP voters predominate,” Siemaszko added, noting that DeSantis has stated his technique focuses on Florida’s retirement communities.

NBC Information then enlisted Florida Democratic Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Charlotte County Democratic Get together Chair Teresa Jenkins to blast DeSantis.

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The story even criticized DeSantis for boasting {that a} 94-year-old Korean struggle veteran named was vaccinated. NBC Information additionally issued a correction that inaccurately acknowledged “a prominent donor to Gov. DeSantis” had ties to a particular vaccination station.

“What an absurd botched hit piece,” Republican strategist Matt Whitlock responded.

Many readers got here away feeling just like the mainstream media should be fearful of DeSantis, a Donald Trump ally, operating for president down the highway, whereas others in contrast the damaging protection to the way in which New York’s Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo has been handled amid a rising scandal.

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Many took to Twitter with ideas on the piece:

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