CNN has egg on its face over a heavily promoted story about an emergency room nurse claiming patients dying from coronavirus often “don’t believe the virus is real,” appears to be falling apart.
The irony being that it’s not like the liberal network has to work so hard to convince viewers they are, as President Trump often reminds the nation, a fake news network where activism has replaced journalism.
South Dakota ER nurse Jodi Doering was featured on CNN talking about what she claimed was “a culmination of so many people” saying COVID-19 was not real, even as they succumb to the virus.
“Their last dying words are, ‘This can’t be happening. It’s not real.’ And when they should be spending time Face-Timing their families, they are filled with anger and hatred.”
A South Dakota ER nurse @JodiDoering says her Covid-19 patients often “don’t want to believe that Covid is real.”
“Their last dying words are, ‘This can’t be happening. It’s not real.’ And when they should be… Facetiming their families, they’re filled with anger and hatred.” pic.twitter.com/tgUgP6znAT
— New Day (@NewDay) November 16, 2020
CNN’s New Day co-host Alisyn Camerota and Doering proceed to trash what we are to believe are now dead patients, as seen in the clip above.
It’s not lost here that South Dakota is seen as flyover country by the elitist media, a solid-red pro-Trump state led by an up-and-coming star in the Republican Party, Gov. Kristi Noem, who is not afraid to lead or buck the liberal media.
According to NewsBusters, CNN spent 23 minutes and 38 seconds on Doering’s tale on multiple shows over two days and was picked up by The Washington Post, USA Today, and others.
CNN anchor Brianna Keilar attacked Gov. Noem as a result of the story — Noem is currently under fire from the corrupt media for not mandating masks in her state.
“South Dakotans are dying because of their leader’s malfeasance,” Keilar claimed. “South Dakotans are dying without dignity, in some cases, wondering how their body is ravaged by something they didn’t think was real. South Dakotans are sounding the alarm. Are you listening, Governor Noem?”
Network anchor John Avlon took a shot at the president, claiming the dead patients “bought into President Trump’s bluster.”
But the dubious story appears to be, at best, a “massive exaggeration,” as former CNN producer Steve Krakauer wrote.
Now the editor of Fourth Watch, Krakauer said that it was “generally gross” that the nurse would go on national TV and share the private dying words of her patients.
“She laughed her way through the interview with CNN’s Alisyn Camerota for more than six minutes. Even if the nurse wanted to do this, why would CNN want to give a platform to this awful, inhumane treatment of dying Americans?” he asked.
Pointing to investigative efforts by Wired and National Review, Krakauer noted that “multiple spokespeople and nurses each publication talked to said they had not heard of a single instance of ‘COVID denial’ among patients at their facilities.”
“It’s a combination of two things that caused this journalistic malpractice – a reliance on Twitter, combined with a passive attack on Trump that ends up being too good to check by CNN and other outlets,” he concluded. “Had they done any journalistic legwork, like Wired and National Review did, Doering would likely still be getting Twitter traction to tell what appears to be, at the least, a massive exaggeration… but not a national TV spotlight.”
NewsBusters managing editor Curtis Houck said the incident was “the latest blow to CNN’s claim to be a news organization,” while noting the network has been silent in response to the story seemingly falling apart.
“Of course, CNN has yet to air an acknowledgment or correction because, when there’s a narrative to push, CNN subscribes to the mantra of if it rings true, it is true,” Houck wrote.
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