Defamation lawsuit against CNN over ‘perpetuation of fake news’ to move forward judge orders

Did CNN act with malice to skew mortality rate numbers?

WEST PALM BEACH, Flor. (INTELLIHUB) — A judge has ordered a defamation lawsuit filed against CNN to move forward.

According to a post on LawNews.com, The former C.E.O. of the local St. Mary’s Medical Center, Davide Carbone, filed suit against the three-letter news agency following his termination from the facility and his alleged subsequent hardships.

Carbone maintains that CNN “intentionally” skewed numbers in a “series of false and defamatory news reports” which ultimately cost him his job and has since made it difficult for him to find another job in the same field.

Carbone’s lawyer L. Lin Wood told LawNews.com:

“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.'”

Federal District Judge Orinda Evans ruled on the 15th that for the case to move forward and even made mention that CNN may have acted with “actual malice.”

An excerpt from the order reads:

“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 actual order can be found on Twitter here:

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