Despite the now well-established consensus round Rebekah Jones — a consensus reached in no small half because of the efforts of Nationwide Evaluate‘s Charlie Cooke — the New York Instances continues to tout Jones as a “knowledge scientist” who credibly alleged that she was requested to govern knowledge.
On Friday, Florida introduced that given declining caseloads, it could now not be publishing day by day updates to its COVID dashboard, as a substitute choosing weekly refreshers. The Instances article on the change all however directs its readers to Jones’s different dashboard in its place. It doesn’t acknowledge that Jones’s myriad allegations in opposition to Florida governor Ron DeSantis have been debunked, as a substitute entertaining not solely her claims about knowledge manipulation, but in addition her lies concerning the objective and nature of a police raid on her residence.
The reality is that Jones was fired for a litany of efficiency and behavioral points, together with deliberately crashing the state dashboard within the thick of the pandemic final Might. As for the police raid, it had nothing to do along with her conspiracy theorizing in opposition to DeSantis and had every part to do with a Division of Well being knowledge breach traced again to her IPv6 handle.
It will appear that the motivation for the falsehood-laden article is to critique DeSantis’s general efficiency in the course of the pandemic.
“Ms. Jones’s firing turned a flash level as Mr. DeSantis, a detailed ally of then-President Donald J. Trump, touted Florida’s early success in battling the virus — a victory lap that turned out to be untimely on the time and led to a disastrous summer time,” the article reads.
Florida has solely the twenty seventh highest per capita loss of life price for the reason that begin of the pandemic regardless of being the third largest state within the nation and having one in all its most aged populations.
The Instances piece ends by giving readers an replace on Jones’s private dashboard: “However after the state introduced that it could now not replace its public data, Ms. Jones stated that she wouldn’t be capable of replace her dashboard both.”
On Monday, Jones’s Twitter account was suspended. She claimed that the explanation for the suspension was her “overzealous” sharing of a Miami Herald article, whereas a DeSantis aide stated that Jones had violated Twitter’s coverage in opposition to shopping for followers.