Over the past few weeks, the term “fake news” has seen heavy use on both sides of the political aisle. Mainstream media sites like CNN have been labeled “fake news” by President Donald Trump and other conservatives over how those outlets have portrayed the Trump administration.
Davide Carbone, the former CEO of St. Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach, Florida, had filed a defamation lawsuit against CNN, and on Feb. 15, Judge Orinda Evans denied CNN’s motion to have the case thrown out.
The case revolved around a CNN report on St. Mary’s Medical Center. Carbone claimed that CNN played with the numbers to make the hospital’s infant mortality rate seem higher than it was and that it also withheld information that could have cast doubt on those claims, according to The Daily Report.
“In our case, we contended that CNN essentially made up its own standard in order to conduct an ‘apples to oranges’ comparison to support its false assertion that St. Mary’s mortality rate was three times higher than the national average. Accordingly, the case against CNN certainly fits the description of media-created ‘fake news,’” explained L. Lin Wood, Carbone’s attorney.
Snopes noted that this ruling did not mean a victory for Carbone, only that the lawsuit can go forward.
The judge’s ruling is just one more blemish on CNN’s already pockmarked reputation. While this lawsuit doesn’t have anything to do with CNN’s coverage Trump (surprisingly), if CNN can’t even do basic reporting without lying, why should anyone believe anything they write or say?
“The court finds these allegations sufficient to establish that CNN was acting recklessly with regard to the accuracy of its report, i.e., with ‘actual malice,’” read the judicial opinion.
CNN better buckle up. Their dirty journalistic tactics are finally being exposed, and pretty soon they won’t have many people left who even visit their website.
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