In a report about the rising threat of the CCP Virus (Wuhan coronavirus) outbreak in New York City, the epicenter of the pandemic in the United States, CBS News aired a footage of an overcrowded hospital room with many patients on ventilators. Except, the video is actually from an Italian hospital, and not in New York.
CBS admitted their “mistake” on Monday, March 30, saying, “It was an editing mistake. We took immediate steps to remove it from all platforms and shows,” reported Fox News.
The video was aired days before by Sky News, demonstrating the situation in a hospital in Bergamo, in Lombardy Province, Italy, and noting that the hospital is “one of the most advanced hospitals in Europe.”
“During a pandemic it is essential that the media gives us real and accurate information,” wrote Twitter account of Turning Point USA production administrator. “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.”
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
A new Gallup poll, which was conducted between March 13 and 22 and released on Wednesday, March 25, showed that of nine leaders and institutions rated by Americans on their response to the CCP Virus, the media was the only institution that scored a negative approval rating with 44 percent of Americans approving of the way the media has covered the virus, compared to 55 percent who disapprove.
While a healthy majority of Americans approve President Donald Trump’s handling of the combat against the CCP Virus (a figure of ABC News polls includes 30 percent of self-identified Democrats, and a Hill/HarrisX poll‘s figure includes 57 percent of independent voters and 41 percent of Democrats), the press is only group that continues to criticize the president’s response.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 30, 2020