The Basin Report

Misleading Footage Not First

Grand Rapids, Michigan – CBS News is at it again, and once again busted broadcasting fake coronavirus footage to further their crisis agenda.

In March, Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS) was caught using film footage from an overwhelmed hospital in Northern Italy in a report about New York City hospitals. After network executives were called out for this, they apologized and said it would never do it again. Not a month later, CBS did it again — using the exact same Italian footage as a stand-in for New York.

As if not to be enough, CBS has now been caught broadcasting staged footage involving coronavirus testing at Cherry Health in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The segment aired on Friday, May 1, on “CBS This Morning” and featured a video of a long line of cars waiting to get a coronavirus test. The agenda, obviously, was to attack President Donald Trump for having failed to provide adequate testing facilities.

According to a source who spoke with James O’Keefe of Project Veritas, the long line was staged. Only one or two of the cars in the line featured actual patients. The other cars were employees from the medical facility who were told to pull into the line to make it look longer. “Majority of them were workers,” the disguised Cherry Health RN said. “I do know, from talking with the testers that one or two of them were real patients, which added to their frustration because this line sat there for a while so they could organize the shot. We knew they (CBS) were coming, but had no clue we were going to have to like do fake patients.”

“A CBS News crew pulled medical professionals off the floor at the Cherry Health Center in Grand Rapids, Michigan, to line up in their vehicles so a CBS film crew would have a long line for their COVID-19 coverage,” Project Veritas reports. “The insider told us that medical personnel were taken away from treating patients and making the line longer for actual patients wait for the COVID-19 test.”

In a statement, CBS News was forced to admit that at least one of the cars in the line was staged but denied having anything to do with it or knowing about it at the time:

“CBS News did not stage anything at the Cherry Health facility. These allegations are alarming. We reached out to Cherry Health to address them immediately. They informed us for the first time that one of their chief officers told at least one staffer to get in the testing line along with real patients. No one from CBS News had any knowledge of this before tonight. They also said that their actions did not prevent any actual patients from being tested.”

CBS said it would remove the “Cherry Health portion from the piece,” but that’s what CBS said about the Italian hospital footage before fraudulently using it again.

What we do know is that CBS does agree the footage was faked to some degree and the network has been forced to pull it. What we do know is that this is the third time, just during the pandemic, that CBS News has broadcast fake news that makes things look worse than they are.

Video: Project Veritas

 

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