CBS Airs Video From ER in Italian Hospital While Cuomo Makes Emotional Appeal for Ventilators in NYC

AP Photo/Mark Lennihan

The CBS logo is at the entrance to its headquarters, Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

 

In this video, Sky News shows dramatic footage recorded at an emergency ward in a busy Italian Hospital while the narrator discusses the country’s dire circumstances. This report originally aired on March 22.

The second video originally aired on a March 26 CBS News’ broadcast of “CBS This Morning.” It is the same footage of the Italian ER we saw in the Sky News video. The footage begins at 1:20 in the video and runs for about four seconds.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo makes an emotional appeal for additional ventilators. Vice President Mike Pence has promised to deliver 4,000 ventilators. Cuomo has requested 30,000, and asks rhetorically, “What am I going to do with 400 ventilators when I need 30,000? You pick the 26,000 people who are going to die because you only sent 400 ventilators.”

(Note: Pence sent 4,000 ventilators to New York last week from the national stockpile, not 400. At last Tuesday’s White House Task Force briefing, Pence told reporters, “I was so pleased to confirm that earlier today, FEMA, from the national stockpile, shipped 2,000 ventilators to the state of New York. And tomorrow, there will be another 2,000 ventilators shipped from the national stockpile.”)

While none of us doubt that conditions in New York City emergency rooms are as frantic as those in Italy, the network shouldn’t show video of a hospital in Italy when they are reporting on the situation in New York. It may have been an error or perhaps laziness on the part of whoever made the decision to use the clip, rather than an intention to deceive.

Just as Cuomo’s repetition of “400 ventilators” – twice – may have been a slip of the tongue.

However, these “errors” add up and viewers get a false version of the truth.

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