Judge Orinda Evans, of the Federal District Court, said, in her 18 page order on the case, “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,’” via Law Newz.
David Carbone, formerly the CEO of St. Mary’s Medical Center, located in West Palm Beach, Florida, is behind the lawsuit against CNN. They claimed, allegedly falsely, that the infant mortality rate in one of the hospital’s surgery programs was three times the nation’s average.
Obviously, such news would be very concerning to expecting parents who were considering the hospital for their child’s birth.
As a result of CNN’s story, the hospital’s pediatric cardiothoracic surgery program was shut down, and Carbone also lost his job.
None of this was due to a recommendation by any agency or medical authority but merely because no parents were interested in the services of a program which was, according to the CNN report, very unlikely to save their children’s lives. The hospital has decided to invest in other areas of medicine, but that doesn’t make CNN‘s allegations okay.
Carbone argues that CNN intentionally lied about the infant mortality program associated with the hospital. According to Carbone, they also did not give any positive information about the program.
L. Lin Wood, Carbone’s attorney, has said that CNN‘s story does fit the description of “fake news.” Wood also added, “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.”
One of those consequences has hit Carbone hard. Because CNN trashed Carbone’s reputation, it has been difficult for him to find new employment. As the CEO of a hospital, the man has likely sacrificed much for his career and put in decades of hard work. Then, CNN came along and ruined it all.
Not to mention, CNN also encouraged parents with children who have very serious conditions to find medical treatment elsewhere. The program was for infants and young children with problems in the organs in their chests, normally the heart or lungs, which is normally a dire situation.
If the program really does provide care at or above the national average, CNN could have had parents risking their children’s lives by transferring the children to other hospitals or simply travelling further for the same surgeries.
This is what happens when the mainstream media lie… readers believe it, and then innocent people suffer. CNN needs to learn that their slavery to ratings has crossed a line. Our justice system will not put up with their lies anymore. I hope Carbone takes the network to the cleaners and now people take Trump’s claim of fake news a LOT more serious.