For the second time in less than a week CBS News has been forced to backtrack over a coronavirus story that turned out not to be accurate.
The latest incident involved a “distraught” nurse who said she quit her job after she was asked to work in a coronavirus intensive care unit without a face mask.
“America is not prepared and nurses are not being protected,” the weeping nurse said.
The video, which was produced with a musical background track, was shared by tens of thousands of people including Democrat presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.
Well, it turns out there is more to the story and CBS News was forced to clarify their original tweet.
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“Imaris Vera, the nurse in this video, clarified her experience on Monday in a tweet: ‘We were each assigned 1 N95 per 1 covid patient’s room but was not allowed to wear it outside of the room, wear our own N95 mask around the Nurses station or Halls, which I came prepared with.'”
The Todd Starnes Show reached out to Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital in Winfield, Illinois for a comment. When they respond we will update this story.
CBS News received a mountain of backlash from angry viewers who called the network’s shoddy journalism, “pathetic.”
“First, you deceptively use video footage from Italy to support your reports on NY hospitals being overwhelmed & now you give some dimwit liar a platform because you are too lazy to verify her allegations. Do you adhere to any journalism standards,” one reader wrote.
Last week, CBS acknowledged they had tried to pass of footage of a busy Italian hospital as a New York City hospital. They blamed the error on an editing mistake.
In tears, a nurse says she quit her job after she was asked to work in a coronavirus ICU without a face mask: “America is not prepared, and nurses are not being protected” https://t.co/ywoSuLOPYP pic.twitter.com/S5BsnlO5nt
— CBS News (@CBSNews) April 5, 2020