During a pandemic, the media can play an invaluable role in providing accurate reporting so that people may take action based on the best available information.
Scare tactics not only gravely undermine that sacred duty but give credence to the dangerously wrong belief that the coronavirus (COVID-19) presents no real threat.
For a second time, that lesson appears lost on CBS News. Weeks ago, the network aired footage of a chaotic scene at an Italian hospital while alleging the video came from New York City. (RELATED: CBS Admits to Using Footage from Italy to ‘Depict’ Chaotic Scene at NYC Hospital)
Project Veritas has now learned that a CBS News crew filming in Grand Rapids, Michigan wasn’t satisfied with the orderly COVID-19 testing scene at Cherry Medical Center in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Getting their desired footage involved taking medical professionals away from their duties and getting them in cars to give the illusion that the line of patients was longer. (Townhall)
Real patients were forced to wait longer for their tests because of the stunt.
On a hidden camera, one registered nurse who was working the line said they “pretended” to administer tests to the fake patients while the CBS News crew recorded. “There were a couple of real patients, which made it worse,” she said.
CBS News denied the allegation that they had anything to do with the stunt to Project Veritas.
“CBS News did not stage anything at the Cherry Health facility,” the statement said. “Any suggestion to the contrary is 100% false. These allegations are alarming. We reached out to Cherry Health to address them immediately. They informed us for the first time that one of their chief officers told at least one staffer to get in the testing line along with real patients. No one from CBS News had any knowledge of this before tonight. They also said that their actions did not prevent any actual patients from being tested. We take the accuracy of our reporting very seriously and we are removing the Cherry Health portion from the piece.”
Here’s a video update from James O’Keefe: