CNN Just Suffered A Major Defeat

Donald Trump often accuses CNN of peddling fake news.

And the network has ferociously fought back against this charge.

But one judge’s ruling was a serious setback for CNN.

David Carbone, former CEO of St. Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach, Florida, filed a defamation lawsuit against CNN after the network ran a story alleging the infant mortality rate at the hospital was three times the national average.

Carbone claims CNN fudged the numbers to make St. Mary’s look like a danger zone.

He won a stunning ruling when the judge ruled the case could move forward – which is a rarity in suits against news organizations.

LawNewz reports:

“In our case, we contended that CNN essentially made up its own standard in order to conduct an ‘apples to oranges’ comparison to support its false assertion that St. Mary’s mortality rate was 3 times higher than the national average. Accordingly, the case against CNN certainly fits the description of media-created ‘Fake News.’” said Carbone’s attorney L. Lin Wood, in a statement to LawNewz.com.

 

Wood says that as a result of CNN’s story Carbone lost his job and it became extremely difficult for him to find new employment in the field of hospital administration.

 

“False and defamatory accusations against real people have serious consequences. Neither St. Mary’s or Mr. Carbone did anything to deserve being the objects of the heinous accusation that they harmed or put babies and young children at risk for profit,” Wood said.

 

On Wednesday, Federal District Judge Orinda Evans ruled that the case could move forward, even ruling that she found that CNN may have acted with “actual malice” with the report — a standard necessary to prove a defamation claim.

 

“The Court finds these allegations sufficient to establish that CNN was acting recklessly with regard to the accuracy of its report, i.e., with ‘actual malice,” the order reads. CNN had tried to get the case dismissed.”

If CNN loses this case against them, it would be proof that the network does in fact air “fake news” – something they’ve fought back hard against anytime Trump levels the accusation.

And he recently just did so after the network posted a story claiming his officials were in contact with Russians known to U.S. intelligence.

The story sounded sensational, but the network added a caveat:

“Among several senior Trump advisers regularly communicating with Russian nationals were then-campaign chairman Paul Manafort and then-adviser Michael Flynn.

 

Officials emphasized that communications between campaign staff and representatives of foreign governments are not unusual. However, these communications stood out to investigators due to the frequency and the level of the Trump advisers involved. Investigators have not reached a judgment on the intent of those conversations.”

But “Russian nationals” could be anybody.

Manafort was known to have side business dealings and he could have easily been in contact with business associates.

The network also noted that Manafort strongly denied their allegations:

“That is 100% not true, at least as far as me,” he said. “I cannot believe that they are including me in anything like that. I have not been involved in any of these activities.”

 

Manafort said he did not know where US officials got the idea that he was in contact with suspected Russian operatives during the campaign but said he never spoke with any Russian officials during that time.

 

“I don’t remember talking to any Russian officials, ever. Certainly during the time we’re talking about,” he said, calling the allegations “boggling.”

 

“I have knowingly never talked to any intelligence official or anyone in Russia regarding anything of what’s under investigation,” he said. “I have never had any connection to (Russian President Vladimir) Putin or the Russian government before, during or after the campaign.”

The story also noted that Manafort stated the FBI had not contacted him about these allegations.

Is CNN a fake news network?

Does this case prove it?

Let us know what you think in the comment section.

  • axmickl

    CNN appeared to be a fake news organization during the presidential campaign an at many points before and since. They are a lying company with many lying employees.

    • Jake319

      Fox news is all fake 24/7.

      • Mike

        You want to do a fact check there idiot.

  • Milo Thompson

    So is this site much needs to be under opinion category. You can not corner a whole News organization because they reported numbers given to them by local affiliates as a proven source.

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  • Robert Hicks

    CNN has juvenile journalists, young, and siding with Democrats who lost, are Muslim apologists, and promoting themselves. UNTRUTHS are coming out, will continue to show CNN dishonest and filled with hate against Christians, the church, and interested in lining their pockets.It is despicable & traitorous.
    None of us can know it all, and we count on the press for honest information.
    Jail em along with dishonest politicians like McCain.(One informed Arizonian)

    • Jake319

      So why do you claim to know it all?
      I don’t know if it’s unconscious. But you republicans repeat word for word right wing corporate media.
      You may not know your doing it, but
      Conservatives sound like angry robots.

  • Mike

    What it appears like to me is that all of their journalists will do ANYTHING that would paint Pres Trump or his administration in a bad light whether its true or not. It looks like the story is more important than the truth and they are using the old Liberal mantra, Tell the public the worst things like racist, bigot, etc, etc and let the facts sort out later, just plant that idea in the minds of the public and then it won’t matter if its true. I see this as the beginning of the end for the CLINTON NEWS NETWORK.

    • Jake319

      It’s not hard to paint trump in a bad light. He’s evil….see not hard at all..

      • Mike

        Coming from someone just as biased as CNN and most likely without ANY knowledge of who Trump is or what he has done. What exactly have you done.

        • Jake319

          Correction. You are biased. Because you don’t know who trump is. Trump has bankrupt 3 times been married 3 times has paid for 2 abortions, robbed the steelworkers pension fund of $700million. Claimed the president was not born in America…
          Then trump reverses said he was born in Mercia, pick anyone mike……he is scum and always be scum…
          Trump is a communist collaborator……..he will sell our freedom for the right price

          • Mike

            Wow, sounds like you live in the Trump household. For the record dumbass, Trump never filed for bankruptcy, it was his COMPANY, big difference, 3 marriages, sounds like most of the world, he did NOT rob the pension fund, that would be a federal offense and I am sure he never spent time in prison and as for Obama, he was NOT born on US soil, say what you wish, if he was born in US it would NOT have taken him 3 yrs to produce a birth certificate, his attendance at College listed him as a foreign student, why, because he was not born in US. While you don’t have to like him, scum is a little strong and a communist collaborator, please. I would bet your more of a Nazi than he is a communist collaborator. Really try reading. This is garbage only a MORON would write. I would bet you think the Clintons are saints too, right.

          • Jake319

            Lol.. A trump apologist. You provided no facts for your apologies for chumps behavior. Birth certificate.lol
            Your pitiful. All your opinions come from talk radio. You don’t know or understand the real world.

          • Mike

            I don’t want to bust your bubble shithead but I apologize for no one. Just do your little mind a favor and learn to read, watching CNN does not work for you and 8th grade doesn’t teach it and it seems your a little to ignorant to do any real research or you can ask your mother. As for your buddy Obama he was a fraud and always will be and when they truth does surface and it will surface you will kiss my ass as an apology.

          • Jake319

            What? Can you read? Your a blind little boy hoping what the propagandist tell you is true. You have no opinion just the one they give you.
            Your so weak, that your attempts to be tough just look silly. You rant like your a girl. How was Obama a fraud?
            Because they told you he was. It’s people like you that should be deported but no one would want you.

          • Mike

            You really are a piece of work aren’t you. Looks like I hit a nerve for poor little mommys boy. Did you go look for your safe space. You really have no idea what goes on in this world, you live your sheltered little liberal life doing what they tell you and you cannot think for yourself. Shameful. You and you pitiful little liberal mind will see the truth, history will bear it out and then you can go to little safe space and cry until your mother calls you for dinner. Whats with the deporting, I was born AMERICAN raised AMERICAN educated AMERICAN and lived here much longer than you unlike your little fascist ass that came from somewhere else that hates everything not like you. Seems you attack everyone who thinks your an ass.

          • Jake319

            Im nothing, a square like you could imagine or deal with.
            I certainly don’t believe in Sweden terrorist attacks or crazy conspiracy like obamas birth certificate. What I do believe is America is the seat of democracy for the world. America has saved the world 3 times.
            Two world wars and the cold war.
            God has blessed us with strength and determination to protect the weak and helpless. If you are not willing to protect those Christian values. You need to go some where else.

        • Daniel Spickard

          You are an idiot and you are the bias one! Wait until after the law suit and see who ends up paying the fiddler!

  • texexpatriate

    A fake network? Not all CNN stories are fake, so it is a stretch to call it a fake news network. But it does produce and broadcast fake news. That’s beyond question. That puts it right up there with ABC, CBS, NBC, MSNBC—and any of the others that do it, too. I don’t watch any of those Democrat Propaganda Outlets.

    • Jake319

      You left out Fox……the 24/7 lying network
      Still waiting to see the story on the Sweden terrorist attacks.. Oh ya fox was the only network that reported on that…..because it never happened!

  • SouthernPatriot

    I call it Corrupt New Network, the latest in the series of Communist News Network and then Clinton News Network. Long ago I quit watching the “blame America first” network.

    • Jake319

      You dont call CNN that. Lol. You heard that from one of talking heads on Fox…poser

      • Mike

        You truly are an ass, when the hell are you going to think for yourself and quit watching CNN.

  • Roland Trimmer

    CNN NEEDS TO BE SPANKED AND SENT TO THEIR ROOM WITHOUT DINNER.

  • Countrysunrise

    CNN was a good network YEARS ago. Now they’re in the gutter!! There is a person out there named David Brock, who along with George Soros, started Media Matters. He now started American Bridge, whose mission is to take down the President!! This cretin must be stopped, because he is the person behind FAKE NEWS!!! You can look him up, but I have one story that you can read about him. thehornnews.com/clinton’spalsecretplottocontrolthemedia Be careful when you look up your stories to read. We’ll take them all down if we work together as a team, too!!

  • The Clinton News Network proved they are corrupt beyond a shadow of doubt during the presidential campaign. They blatantly: twist statements and facts, repeat stories they know are false, make something up quoting “anonymous”[sic] sources, repeat Demoncrap Party talking points as fact, promote leftist liberal and globalist rhetoric, use opinions as facts. Time Warner corporate motto: “telling a lie is not against the law”,

  • Daniel Spickard

    I think when this all comes out it’s going to vindicate Donald Trump, and throw all suspicion over on CNN to which the federal government can then yank their license!