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Less Than a Week After Getting Caught, CBS News Again Uses Italy Hospital Vid While Discussing US

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It’d be like Groundhog Day, except it involves the most serious story of our time.

Nearly a week after it was caught using footage of Italian hospitals to report on conditions in New York City, CBS News did the exact same thing when talking about a different crisis.

On March 25, the network used footage of a crowded hospital room during a segment on the “CBS Morning News” while talking about hospitals in Gotham. The footage in question was actually from Sky News on March 22 in a report on the massive overcrowding in Lombardy, Italy’s hardest-hit region.

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CBS News blamed the whole thing on a dodgy editing job.

“It was an editing mistake. We took immediate steps to remove it from all platforms and shows,” a spokesman told The Daily Caller.

Fair enough. That was probably a good time to delete the footage from every hard drive in the CBS building. Scrub those things like it was a Hillary Clinton server. I’m sure there’s some kind of program you can use that can make sure one clip of a hospital in the Lombardy region is off every platform. If it was a mistake, there are ways to remedy that mistake.

Ways that CBS News was unwilling to consider, evidently:

To quote Billy Crystal on “Saturday Night Live”: “I hate it when that happens!”

At least this time it didn’t air on CBS proper but on CBSN, its streaming news network for cord-cutters who want 24 hours of news but don’t want it anywhere nearly as well produced as actual news. The footage in question is at about the 3:00 mark:

“In Pennsylvania, cases are skyrocketing at the rate of 1,000 a day,” the reporter intones. “Gov. Tom Wolf is appealing to citizens to help.”

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Meanwhile, if you’ve seen that hospital before, you’ve seen the first clip. Good work, CBS News.

So what was it this time? A shout-out to the overworked heroes of the Italian health care system? Another mistake?

Is the establishment media’s coronavirus coverage biased?

Italy’s system isn’t comparable to ours. It was hit with a perfect storm and didn’t have anywhere near the number of resources it needed. There’s a serious issue when we try to compare apples to oranges, particularly when the comparison is meant to invoke fear in viewers.

When this happens twice, it’s not an accident — it’s fear-mongering.

COVID-19 is scary enough on its own, thank you, without shoddy, swampy reportage on top of it.

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C. Douglas Golden is a writer who splits his time between the United States and Southeast Asia. Specializing in political commentary and world affairs, he's written for Conservative Tribune and The Western Journal since 2014.
C. Douglas Golden is a writer who splits his time between the United States and Southeast Asia. Specializing in political commentary and world affairs, he's written for Conservative Tribune and The Western Journal since 2014. Aside from politics, he enjoys spending time with his wife, literature (especially British comic novels and modern Japanese lit), indie rock, coffee, Formula One and football (of both American and world varieties).
Birthplace
Morristown, New Jersey
Education
Catholic University of America
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American Politics, World Politics, Culture




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