CBS News is on the defensive today after airing footage of a chaotic scene at an Italian hospital while alleging the video came from New York City. (Fox News)
“It was an editing mistake. We took immediate steps to remove it from all platforms and shows,” a CBS News spokesperson told Fox News.
Last Wednesday, “CBS This Morning” included a brief clip showing several patients and medical professionals in one room during a report about the rising threat of the coronavirus outbreak in New York City.
However, that same footage aired days prior on Sky News.
During a Pandemic it is essential that the Media gives us real and accurate information.
It’s completely irresponsible for @CBSNews to use footage from an Italian Hospital when talking about the outbreak in New York City.
This is unacceptable. pic.twitter.com/Essp4uEHle
— ALX ?? (@alx) March 30, 2020
“This is the main hospital in Bergamo, in Lombardy province. It’s one of the most advanced hospitals in Europe,” Sky News reported.
With Europe’s oldest population, COVID-19 has hit Italy particularly hard. The mortality rate of confirmed cases is over 8.5 percent.
The White House coronavirus task force is projecting between 100,000 and 240,000 deaths in the United States from the virus. Last night, President Trump warned of a “painful” two weeks ahead.
However, the models used by the White House estimated that without temporary lockdowns, the death toll in the U.S. would ultimately be between 1.5 to 2.2 million.