For the past few weeks, both sides of the political aisle have been talking non-stop about ‘fake news’. Even President Trump used the term when he labeled mainstream media site CNN.
CNN fought against these accusations, but last week they got some bad news from a federal judge who ruled against them.
The former CEO of St. Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach, Florida, David Carbone sued CNN for defamation and on Feb. 15, Judge Orinda Evans denied CNN’s motion to have the case thrown out.
The case was about CNN’s report about St. Mary’s Medical Center. They accused them of having a high rate of infant mortality. Carbone’s attorney, L.Lin Wood said:
“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.’”
The judge’s ruling is just one more blemish on CNN’s already pockmarked reputation. However, the ruling doesn’t mean victory for Carbone, but it means that the lawsuit can go forward. The judicial opinion 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.’”
CNN’s dirty journalistic tactics have been exposed and pretty soon they will get the punishment they deserve for spreading ‘fake news’.
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