Florida firing the architect of its COVID-19 dashboard reflects Red State data manipulation - 2020-06-24

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F347.png Florida firing the architect of its COVID-19 dashboard reflects Red State data manipulation June 24, 2020, Scott Pilutik, Underground Bunker

A few places have already reported on Florida's firing in late May of Rebekah Jones (@GeoRebekah), a scientist at the Florida Department of Health and the architect of Florida's online COVID-19 dashboard. But her story needs amplification because it's indicative of the data manipulation that's happening in red states everywhere, and it all adds up to a gross, and possibly even criminal abuse of power — less for her firing than the reasons for it and what they've done since she left.

Florida fired Jones and immediately put a cap on the data that the dashboard (similar to Johns Hopkins national/int'l dashboard), claiming that the underlying data was "provisional" and won't be available until May 2021.

DeSantis said that Jones had claimed to have been "tired and needed a break" as the reason for her dismissal. But days later, DeSantis claimed that Jones was fired for "repeated insubordination."

Wikipedia cite:
{{cite news | first = Scott | last = Pilutik | title = Florida firing the architect of its COVID-19 dashboard reflects Red State data manipulation | url = https://tonyortega.org/2020/06/24/florida-firing-the-architect-of-its-covid-19-dashboard-reflects-red-state-data-manipulation/ | work = Underground Bunker | date = June 24, 2020 | accessdate = June 25, 2020 }}