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Awhile back, we read a lot of reports about how the CNN purposefully changed the infant-mortality rate statistics. Their ‘fake news’ even caused a hospital CEO to lose his job. Even after all their efforts to get the case dismissed, Judge Orinda Evans decided to go forward with the case and start the legal process.
After CNN’s report on the infant-mortality rate statistics, Davide Carbone lost his positions as CEO of St. Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach. Because CNN changed the numbers in their report to say that the mortality rate was three times the national average, Carbone decided to sue them for defamation.
“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 3 TIMES HIGHER THAN THE NATIONAL AVERAGE. ACCORDINGLY, THE CASE AGAINST CNN CERTAINLY FITS THE DESCRIPTION OF MEDIA-CREATED ‘FAKE NEWS.’”
Carbone’s lawyer went on to say that after the CNN’s report it has been nearly impossible for him to find new employment in the field of hospital administration:
“FALSE AND DEFAMATORY ACCUSATIONS AGAINST REAL PEOPLE HAVE SERIOUS CONSEQUENCES. NEITHER ST. MARY’S OR MR. CARBONE DID ANYTHING TO DESERVE BEING THE OBJECTS OF THE HEINOUS ACCUSATION THAT THEY HARMED OR PUT BABIES AND YOUNG CHILDREN AT RISK FOR PROFIT.”
Federal District Judge Orinda Evans said that there was enough evidence to proceed with the case, even though the CNN wanted to get it dismissed. The judge’s order read:
“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.’”
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