Do they want to be called fake news?
CBS was caught airing footage from an Italian hospital while reporting about the COVID-19 outbreak in New York.
The misleading footage, which showed a shortage of ventilators and overrun hospital, made it appear that New York City was a war zone.
Viewers were not informed that the footage was actually from an Italian hospital during the peak of the pandemic.
When CBS was confronted about the misleading clip, they acknowledged that it was an "editing mistake."
But here's where things get worse.
After claiming that "it was an editing mistake," CBS began re-running the exact same misleading Italian hospital footage!
Instead of re-running on CBS itself, however, the footage appears on CBSN, the network's online streaming platform.
See the original footage from Sky News compared to the re-used footage from CBS below:
Italy is perhaps the hardest hit country in the world.
While the total number of cases in the United States now exceeds the total number of cases in Italy, that is because the US population is 5 times the size of Italy's.
The infections and deaths per million people in the US are multiples lower when compared to Italy.
The footage of the hospital in Italy is a stark contrast to the reality in New York, where this is currently enough ventilators for everyone who needs one.
While there have been fears of shortages, there have been enough ventilators so far.
Fox News confirms the so-called editing mistake by CBS:
CBS News admitted to a "mistake" on Monday after airing footage of an overcrowded hospital room that was allegedly in New York City but was actually from a hospital in Italy.
"It was an editing mistake. We took immediate steps to remove it from all platforms and shows," a CBS News spokesperson told Fox News.
Last Wednesday, "CBS This Morning" included a brief clip showing several patients and medical professionals in one room during a report about the rising threat of the coronavirus outbreak in New York City.
However, that same footage aired days prior on Sky News.
“This is the main hospital in Bergamo, in Lombardy province. It’s one of the most advanced hospitals in Europe,” Sky News reported.
Footage is typically approved by an editor or producer before being aired on live television.
While there are people who believe that this is an honest mistake, it has raised eyebrows that the misleading footage was able to pass through so many editorial barriers.
See some reactions below:
It's one thing to make a mistake, but it's another mistake to make the exact same error twice.
Now, CBS has been caught re-airing the Italian footage on its streaming only platform, CBSN.
Multiple news outlets have reached out to CBS for comment, but they have yet to response.
The Daily Caller was among the first to catch the re-run of misleading footage:
CBSN appeared to yet again air footage of an Italian hospital, this time during a segment on Pennsylvania’s coronavirus crisis, less than a week after originally being called out for the bungle.
The misleading video first appeared on “CBS This Morning” during a report on New York’s novel coronavirus pandemic on March 25. The network was airing footage of a crowded Italian hospital room while talking about New York. The Italian hospital footage was reported by Sky News on March 22 during a segment on hospitals in the country.
“It was an editing mistake. We took immediate steps to remove it from all platforms and shows,” a CBS spokesperson previously said in a statement to the Daily Caller on March 30. The network never responded about issuing an on-air correction or retraction.
Days later, the network appeared to air the Italian hospital footage again, despite its statement claiming that it had been removed “from all platforms and shows.” This time, the misleading video appeared on CBSN, the network’s streaming video news channel.
President Trump has consistently railed against fake news.
While many think of fake news as a reporter flat out lying or presenting false facts, fake news can also be a misrepresentation of actual events.
Misleading footage, such as the Italian hospital, can also lead viewers to believe something that isn't accurate.
The situation in New York City is serious, but fortunately, it looks like we'll be avoiding an Italy-like scenario.