CNN Sued by Former Hospital CEO for Defamation / Fake News Reporting!
David Carborne, the former CEO of St. Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach, Florida has filed a well deserved defamation lawsuit against CNN for airing on their network what he claims was a “series of false and defamatory news reports” regarding the infant mortality rate at the hospital. According to Carbone’s Attorney, in a statement to LawNewz.com, “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.” As a result of CNN’s story, Mr. Carborne has lost his job and is finding it quite difficult in finding new employment in the hospital administration field.
On Wednesday, Federal District Judge Orinda Evans ruled that the case should move forward, stating that CNN may have acted with “actual malice” with their reporting. CNN tried to get the case dismissed, but the court found the allegations sufficient to establish that CNN was indeed acting recklessly with regards to the reports accuracy.
In conclusion, the “fake news” reporting by various media outlets in the United States is becoming a huge problem, and for the first time these false and defamatory accusations may possibly have some serious consequences. Perhaps only then, will the “fake news” media start reporting truth and accuracy within their reporting instead of irresponsibly feeding us biased narrative news fitting to their agenda.