Though her claims have been debunked, don’t blame former Florida information scientist Rebekah Jones alone for her actions. That’s far too easy an evaluation. She merely adopted the media’s Rule No. 1, which is that any well-timed smear towards a outstanding Republican will obtain, with no actual investigation, huge media approval and publicity.

Jones anticipated that her smear would obtain the identical sort of publicity and adulation as did earlier purposes of Rule #1 by the likes of Christopher Steele, creator of the fictional Steele file; Michael Avenatti; Michael Cohen and others to quite a few to notice. Jones was proper.

Jones’ timing was impeccable. It was July of 2020. The media and the Democrats had been enthralled by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and had been looking for a solution to destroy Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis. DeSantis was, in spite of everything, in the midst of retaining Florida colleges and companies open.

Rebekah Jones

When Jones was fired by the Florida Division of Well being, she alleged that she was fired in retaliation for refusing to falsify COVID information. That was a damning accusation, designed to smear DeSantis. The Democrats knew that attacking him for his file of job creation, low unemployment, retaining colleges open and secure, low crime, low taxes and integrity can be a troublesome promote. A diversion from substantive points would do and she or he offered one.

A NPR story was headlined, “Florida Dismisses A Scientist For Her Refusal to Manipulate State’s Coronavirus Knowledge.” From Could 2020 to December 2020, Jones made at the very least 9 separate appearances on CNN. CNN star Chris Cuomo had her as a visitor 5 occasions.

Shops corresponding to MSNBC, the Miami Herald, the Washington Submit and NBC Information helped construct Jones’ picture. She obtained a rapturous profile in Cosmopolitan headlined, “Rebekah Jones Tried to Warn Us About COVID-19. Now Her Freedom Is on the Line.” Fortune Journal acknowledged her as certainly one of their “40 beneath 40” notables. Forbes named her “Expertise Particular person of the Yr.”

Rebekah Jones in a still shot from an appearance on MSNBC

Rebekah Jones in a nonetheless shot from an look on MSNBC

If Jones’ objective was to smear DeSantis and attempt to injury him politically, he gained. She bought glowing protection from the media {that a} publicist for the Democratic Nationwide Committee may solely dream about. Nevertheless, don’t give her an excessive amount of credit score — bear in mind, she solely used rule No. 1.

DeSantis took the proper and moral motion and referred Jones’ grievance to the Florida Division of Well being’s Workplace of the Inspector Basic, which performed an investigation of the details and circumstances. The workplace issued a report, dated March 9, which can obtain as a lot protection within the liberal media because the try and homicide Justice Brett Kavanaugh or the contents of Hunter Biden’s laptop computer.

As to allegations that she was directed or pressured to falsify COVID positivity charges, the allegations had been discovered to be “unsubstantiated.” Her allegation that the calculation of recent case positivity was misrepresented was discovered to have “not occurred.” As to the allegation that Jones was restricted in entry to underling information that supported what appeared on the dashboard, the defendants had been “exonerated.”

Nevertheless, Jones’ second within the solar shouldn’t be performed — far, removed from it, and that is hilarious. She has introduced that she is working for Congress towards Rep. Matt Gaetz.

Gaetz is an outspoken conservative Republican and the media has been working with tales about his impending indictment, for sexual offenses, for years and but no indictment or cost has been issued. At any time when a witness known as, be it an ex-partner or girlfriend, Rule #1 cranks in and the smear marketing campaign of innuendos and hypothesis comes alive.

Ever marvel about why so many don’t belief the media to be honest and balanced? Evaluate the therapy of the Jones smear to how successfully the media throttled the flexibility of the American voters to be taught, earlier than they voted, concerning the contents of Hunter Biden’s laptop computer. The bias was clear.

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The New York Submit story was ignored — no large publicity right here. The sharing of this story, which seems to be 100% correct, was silenced by Fb and Twitter. This story was handled as “Russian disinformation” and a GOP smear and saved from the American individuals.

If that story had been a couple of GOP candidate, any GOP candidate, or any of their members of the family, Rule #1 would have been utilized with full pressure.

Edward B. Harmon is a retired mergers and acquisitions legal professional and adjunct regulation college professor. He lives in Gainesville and is a month-to-month contributor to The Solar. 

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