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As far as I can tell, this goes all the way back to February of 2016. A surgeon from St. Mary’s hospital, Dr. Michael Black, sued CNN for defamation after CNN led a malicious campaign against the hospital’s pediatric cardiac surgery program.
One of the major grab lines CNN used was that Dr.Black received up to $500k per surgery, even though Dr.Black was a salaried employee, and that the hospital’s two year budget was $876k.
CNN presented their news piece in such a way that it pitted the hospital’s surgery ward against the “extremely poor” stereotype. How typical.
It also appears that CNN used a crisis actor to fan the flames. CNN had an employee go around inside of the hospital with a fraudulenty obtained visitor’s pass to trash talk the nurses while CNN was piecing the article together.
The lawsuits states Robinson contacted patients and nurses, telling them that Black “kills babies” and leaves them “butchered” and “mangled.” She also held herself out to be a CNN employee and the lawsuit confirms that Robinson was the stranger who appears in the lead of CNN’s print story, warning a couple in the elevator to have their heart-sick infant transferred from St. Mary’s.
Here is the feb 2016 article from Mypalmbeachpost.
That’s Dr.Black’s lawsuit.
St.Mary’s former CEO David Carbone also filed a lawsuit against CNN; I’m guessing this is in addition to Dr.Black’s lawsuit. Fast forward exactly one year after Dr.Black’s lawsuit, Federal District Judge Orinda Evans rules that Carbone’s defamation case can move forward. CNN’s attempt to have the case dismissed was denied.
Judge Evans didn’t mince words in her 18-page order allowing the case to move forward, and dismissing CNN’s attempt to get it thrown out of court.
Carbone’s argument was that CNN skewed their statistics in order to sensationalize a news piece. Carbone’s attorney offered a statement to LawNewz:
“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 3 times higher than the national average. Accordingly, the case against CNN certainly fits the description of media-created ‘Fake News.’”
This appears to be the legal David M. Carbone v. Cable News Network document. Filed Feb 15, 2017.
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