Gov. Ron DeSantis blasted a "60 Minutes" story that aired Sunday that was critical of his handling of the vaccine rollout in Florida.
The governor made the remarks during a news conference Tuesday morning in Panama City.
DeSantis called the story "a piece of horse manure" and "dishonest."
"60 Minutes" questioned why Publix was given the opportunity to vaccinate parts of the state while areas such as western Palm Beach County struggle to get the COVID-19 vaccine.
The governor said Tuesday that "60 Minutes" declined to interview key people for their story.
"These are smear merchants. That's why nobody trusts corporate media. They are a disaster in what they are doing," DeSantis said. "They knew what they were doing was a lie."
The governor also had tough words for the national media, saying he's "punching back" at critics.
He reiterated that Florida took the right direction to vaccinate seniors first and said the state was the first in the country to take that stance.
"You can't lie, and ["60 Minutes"] should not have run [the story]," DeSantis said. "They were warned, and yet they plowed ahead anyway."
He said it would have been "malpractice" to cut out Publix from helping in the vaccine distribution.
The governor hinted that his squabble with "60 Minutes" wasn't over yet, saying he was going to be doing more "to expose" what he called the story's "lies."
"Unless you are partisan leftist, do not trust corporate media," DeSantis said. "This is not over by any stretch of the imagination."
A spokesperson for "60 Minutes" defended the story Tuesday by releasing the following statement:
DeSantis was in Panama City to speak about economic relief to help rebuild the area after Hurricane Michael, including an estimated $22 million more in assistance.
The Category 5 storm devastated the Panhandle in October 2018.