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As a growing number of Americans become suspicious that the Leftist mainstream media is working against President Donald Trump’s efforts to get the country reopened as the coronavirus pandemic wanes, Project Veritas provided new evidence of that in a video posted online Wednesday.
In the video, James O’Keefe, the group’s founder, conducts an interview with an unknown male who claims CBS News used health care workers at a facility in Michigan to appear like they were patients lining up to be tested for COVID-19, to make it appear like more people were showing up than actually did.
“You’re telling me, you’re 100 percent certain, that CBS News, CBS News Corporation, national, staged a fake event,” O’Keefe asks. “They faked the news. They faked the reality and broadcasted that to all of their audience last Friday (May 1) on ‘CBS this morning.’”
“100 percent, absolutely,” the anonymous source responded in a voice that was electronically manipulated.
The video then features a voice identified by Project Veritas as Nick Ross, a corporate cleaning site supervisor, who goes on to discuss how the fakery was staged.
“Apparently the news crew wanted more people in line because they knew it was scheduled,” he said.
The testing facility is identified in the video as Cherry Health Center, in Grand Rapids, Mich.
A woman identified as a registered nurse is then featured, saying as she worked, “Well, we knew that they [CBS News] were coming, we had no clue that we were gonna have to do, like, fake patients.”
Undercover journalists for Project Veritas then talked to some of the healthcare workers who were staged, asking if they understood that they weren’t really going to be tested.
One of them was identified as Maria Hernandez-Vasquez, a professional registration specialist, who said supervisors “want to make it look busy for the news.”
“Apparently, the news crew wanted more people in the line,” one Cherry Health supervisor added.
“We pretended. There were a couple of real patients, which made it worse,” one registered nurse noted.
O’Keefe said that the “insider witnessed the whole thing and came to Project Veritas because he knew we would protect him.
“The insider told us that medical personnel were taken away from treating patients and making the line longer for actual patients wait for the COVID-19 test,” he added.
Project Veritas noted on its website:
Nick Ross, a corporate cleaning site supervisor at the Cherry Health facility, said he was there when the CBS News crew arrived and set up the video shoot at the COVID-19 testing site in the parking lot, “Apparently the news crew wanted more people in the line because they knew it was scheduled.”
Maria Hernandez-Vaquez, a professional registration specialist, told the insider that Cherry Health Director of Quality and Informatics Glenda Walker helped to organize the facility’s workers into the COVID-19 testing line.
“It’s just annoying cause we could have done other stuff,” one registered nurse can be heard saying.
Project Veritas noted the staged footage was used to accompany CBS News reporter Andriana Diaz’s narration of the event and her interview with Tasha Blackmon, Cherry Health’s CEO and president.
In a statement to Project Veritas, CBS News denied the whole thing.
“CBS News did not stage anything at the Cherry Health facility. Any suggestion to the contrary is 100% false. These allegations are alarming,” the network said, according to the undercover organization.
“We reached out to Cherry Health to address them immediately. They informed us for the first time that one of their chief officers told at least one staffer to get in the testing line along with real patients. No one from CBS News had any knowledge of this before tonight,” the statement continued.
“They also said that their actions did not prevent any actual patients from being tested. We take the accuracy of our reporting very seriously and we are removing the Cherry Health portion from the piece.”
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