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