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Dozens of media outlets, both in Florida and nationally, published the sensational story of Dr. Rebekah Jones, a state Department of Health employee who was fired by the administration of Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, a Trump ally, after – she says – she refused to manipulate data to support the governor’s plan to reopen the state.

But a deeper look at the underlying facts expose a less sensational, yet all-too-common narrative: a media feeding frenzy caused by a deep-seated desire to report on scandal and cover-ups, which Rebekah Jones’ claims delivered – if only they were true.

They are not.

Let’s pick through the individual pieces of wreckage from this crashed-and-burned narrative one by one:

Claim #1: Rebekah Jones was the “architect” of the Florida’s COVID-19 dashboard.

The truth: Jones was more like the drywall hanger of the dashboard rather than the “architect.” The dashboard was built on the same visual mapping tool that Johns Hopkins University made famous at the beginning of the coronavirus crisis. In fact, Florida’s tool looks extremely similar. That’s because Johns Hopkins University is not the “architect” of the dashboard, either. The tool is actually built not on any of Florida’s many data servers, but using ready-made modules from a subscription service called ArcGIS. Jones’ job was to load data into those modules and decide how it appeared to visitors.

Media outlets who published the false “architect” claim: Florida Today, The Daily Beast, New York Post, The Guardian, CBS 12 News, The Hill, Miami Herald, ClickOrlando, WEAR-TV
Who got it right? The Tampa Bay Times described her as a “top Florida Department of Health data manager” and never ran with the “architect” claim. They even correctly pointed out that it was Jones herself who claimed to have built the site “from scratch.”

Claim #2: Rebekah Jones was a coronavirus “scientist”

The truth: Jones has a doctorate degree in geography. Her skill set, as applicable to COVID-19, was in mapping data, as we explained above. That’s it. No special skills in epidemiology, biology, or even public health. Depending on the narrative a media outlet wants to convey, using the term “scientist” in headlines about coronavirus carries with it a very specific connotation, leading readers to believe Jones was involved in the front lines of coronavirus research. If media outlets insist on describing her as a “scientist,” they owe their readers a fuller explanation of her role, and should, at most, describe her as a “data scientist,” though even that could be misleading and would still be misconstrued for political gain.

Media outlets who ran with the “scientist” narrative: National Public Radio, The Guardian, MSNBC, and many others.


https://tallahasseereports.com/2020/05/20/rebekah-jones-firing-is-the-covid-clickbait-the-media-dreams-of-but-its-all-fake/?fbclid=IwAR2SVTwhJjABQkBR-yhBtzQr9swBkXqHJm-C9PE_pcPf2OVM0V19sYe3D1g
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I hope that all the states that open do well.  It will be hard for other states to stay closed.  My Nazi state just announced that we won't have Seattle Seafair this year. 

https://komonews.com/news/local/all-seafair-summer-events-officially-canceled-for-2020

Been a tradition in Washington since 1949. 
Ben Sasse wins with 77% over Matt Innis.  President Trumps pick who made an issue over Sasse criticism of Trump.

https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/497389-sasse-wins-republican-senate-primary

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I hope that all the states that open do well.  It will be hard for other states to stay closed.  My Nazi state just announced that we won't have Seattle Seafair this year. 

https://komonews.com/news/local/all-seafair-summer-events-officially-canceled-for-2020

Been a tradition in Washington since 1949.

DeSantis went beast mode on the media and how they’ve covered the reopening of Florida.  It was classic.

I’m afraid your state may still be closed by Christmas.
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I mentioned this in a comment on another thread a few days ago:
Apparently a member of the operations team was fired.
https://www.floridatoday.com/story/news/2020/05/18/censorship-covid-19-data-researcher-removed-florida-moves-re-open-state/5212398002/

A couple of points: 1., She could not have been the "architect" of this system because it uses the same boilerplate ArcGIS structure that many other states and counties are using. 2. Predictably, the left is getting into conspiracies and claiming government censorship.
I'm glad that others are picking up on the flaws in her story.
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This faux story is still being circulated by people on FB. One nice thing about this article is that it lists skews sources that published the false claims, with links to the articles.
US Coronavirus timeline: http://www.gopbriefingroom.com/index.php/topic,395099.msg2169385.html#msg2169385

China Coronavirus timeline: http://www.gopbriefingroom.com/index.php/topic,395099.msg2184146.html#msg2184146

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