The Republican-controlled state government in Florida has removed a scientist from their Covid-19 tracking and reporting program, allegedly after the woman refused to manipulate the data in order to make the state appear as if it were doing better than it actually is. This is not the first report of numbers in Florida being manipulated, and it likely won’t be the last, as Ring of Fire’s Farron Cousins explains.

Farron Cousins is the executive editor of The Trial Lawyer magazine and a contributing writer at He is the co-host / guest host for Ring of Fire Radio. His writings have appeared on Alternet, Truthout, and The Huffington Post. Farron received his bachelor's degree in Political Science from the University of West Florida in 2005 and became a member of American MENSA in 2009. Follow him on Twitter @farronbalanced