Hospital CEO Wins Major Court Victory After Accusing CNN of Fake News Reporting

Law Newz reported on Wednesday that CNN suffered a major blow in the U.S. court system after a judge sided with a former CEO who accused CNN of “purposely skewing statistics to reflect poorly on a West Palm Beach hospital.”

Former CEO of St. Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach, Davide Carbone, was fired because of a fake news report that CNN published and hasn’t been able to find a job because of how damaging the report was to his reputation.

From Law Newz:

Davide Carbone, former CEO of St. Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach, filed a defamation lawsuit against CNN after they aired what he claims were a “series of false and defamatory news reports” regarding the infant mortality rate at the hospital. CNN’s report said the mortality rate was three times the national average. However, Mr. Carbone contends that CNN “intentionally”  manipulated statistics to bolster their report. He also claims that CNN purposely ignored information that would look favorable to the hospital in order to sensationalize the story.

“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.’” said Carbone’s attorney L. Lin Wood, in a statement to LawNewz.com. 

Wood says that as a result of CNN’s story Carbone lost his job and it became extremely difficult for him to find new employment in the field of hospital administration.

“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,” Wood said.

On Wednesday, Federal District Judge Orinda Evans ruled that the case could move forward, even ruling that she found that CNN may have acted with “actual malice” with the report — a standard necessary to prove a defamation claim.

“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,” the order reads. CNN had tried to get the case dismissed.

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  • Shelly Kay

    HA! Karma…

  • White Pride Worldwide

    CNN always loses. Fake news.

  • Greg Miller

    Cheaters never win, winners never cheat.