Magazine June 1, 2021, Issue

Rebekah Jones, the COVID Whistleblower Who Wasn’t

Rebekah Jones during an interview with WPTV News in 2020 (Screengrab via YouTube)
The former dashboard manager alleges a vast data conspiracy in Florida; not a word of it is true

This is a story about Rebekah Jones, a former dashboard manager at the Florida Department of Health (FDOH), who has single-handedly managed to convince millions of Americans that Governor Ron DeSantis has been fudging the state’s COVID-19 data.

When I write “single-handedly,” I mean it, for Jones is not one of the people who have advanced this conspiracy theory but rather is the person who has advanced this conspiracy theory. It has been repeated by others, sure: by partisans across the Internet, by unscrupulous Florida Democrats such as Nikki Fried and Charlie Crist, and on television, by MSNBC in particular. But

This article appears as “The COVID Whistleblower Who Wasn’t” in the June 1, 2021, print edition of National Review.

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