CBS News has long been one of the most highly respected and well-known media outlets not only in the United States but around the world. However, as of late, they have proved to do a real shoddy job of actually delivering the news as it happens. And in one of their most recent broadcasts, they actually faked the story.
A CBS News crew recently visited the Cherry Medical Center in Grand Rapids, Michigan, to film the current state of the COVID-19 testing scene in the area. Only upon arrival at the facility, the crew was apparently unimpressed with a lack of patients being seen or tested and so decided to shake things up a bit.
According to Project Veritas, a conservative activist group, the CBS crew convinced a fair number of the present medical staff to act as patients by lining up in their cars and waiting to receive testing for the virus.
Project Veritas founder and CEO James O’Keefe spoke to an “insider” who witnessed the whole event and talked to a number of the staff, all of whom admitted that the media outlet had, in fact, faked the news story to make things look more dire than they really were.
O’Keefe asked the insider, “You’re telling me you’re a hundred percent certain that CBS News, CBS News Corporation-national, staged a fake event. They faked the news. They faked the reality of broadcasting that to all their audience last Friday on “CBS This Morning?”
The insider responded with “A hundred percent. Absolutely.”
And the insider’s hidden camera footage proves it.
A corporate cleaning site supervisor at the Cherry Health facility Nick Ross told the insider that he was at the medical center when the news crew arrived and began to videotape what was going on there. “Apparently, the news crew wanted more people in the line because they knew it was scheduled.”
A registered nurse working that morning, Maria Hernandez-Vaquez, said that the Director of Quality and Informatics “Glenda Walker helped to organize the facility’s workers into the COID-19 testing line,” which better fit the narrative of increased testing.
Another nurse, who participated in the fake news scene told a Project Veritas insider that the whole thing was rather annoying because “we could have done other stuff.” And by other stuff, she meant actually doing her job and helping actual patients. She said that the staff knew the news crew was supposed to show up, but they had no idea they were going to have to “do fake patients.”
One nurse even admitted that they had “pretended” to give tests to fake patients in the “manufactured line,” as requested by the news crew. She said, “There were a couple of real patients, which made it worse.” And because of all the fake patients, they were forced to wait.
Of course, after Project Veritas released their footage and recordings of the supposedly fake event, CBS News denied having any part in staging the scene.
A statement put out by the outlet said, “CBS News did not stage anything at the Cherry Health facility. Any suggestion to the contrary is 100% false.” However, they did say that in light of the allegations, they had reached out to the facility to verify that nothing had been faked. What they got back wasn’t exactly what they wanted to hear.
“They (Cherry Health) 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.” And if one was told to do so, the likelihood of others is pretty high.
CBS went on to say that, before being told this, they had “no knowledge” of anything of the sort. Whether that is actually true or not is debatable. But the media giant made themselves look even more guilty by editing their original piece to exclude anything about the Cherry Health facility at all.
Once again, CBS has stuck their foot in their mouth for trying to make this pandemic look far worse than it actually is. Here we have a nation that is drowning in debt with lines of people, not in testing lines, but to get food to put on their tables and money in their pockets. And instead of offering hope and reality that things are getting better, this once respected outlet seeks only gain a buck of their own, lying to the American people in the process.