CNN silent after investigation finds nurse's claims dying patients do not believe in coronavirus is a "massive exaggeration"

by Jenny Mount · Nov 25th, 2020 3:51 pm
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Last Updated Nov 27th, 2020 at 2:16 am

CNN has remained silent after a nurse's story during a CNN interview ends up being a "massive exaggeration."

During the interview, Jodi Doering, who works as an emergency room nurse in South Dakota, claimed that patients who are dying from coronavirus often do not believe it.

"It wasn't one particular patient. It's just a culmination of so many people, and their last, dying words are, ‘This can't be happening, it's not real.' And when they should be spending time FaceTiming their families, they're filled with anger and hatred, and it just made me really sad," Doering said.

Steve Krakaue, CNN-digital-producer-turned-Fourth Watch editor, noted in his newsletter that Doering is "generally gross" for going on TV and sharing the private words of dying patients.

"Even if the nurse wanted to do this, why would CNN want to give a platform to this awful, inhumane treatment of dying Americans? The story was written up in The Washington Post, USA Today, and others. Elizabeth Warren quote-tweeted it," said Krakauer. "But ... was it real?"

New York-based journalist David Zweig contacted other hospitals in the same area of Doering's emergency room in South Dakota, but said he could not find anyone else who encountered the same experience as Doering. The National Review also examined her story and had the same outcome as Zweig.

"Had they done any journalistic legwork, like Wired and National Review did, Doering would likely still be getting Twitter traction to tell what appears to be, at the least, a massive exaggeration ... but not a national TV spotlight," said Krakauer.

Doering was interviewed on CNN's "New Day" by co-host Alisyn Camerota. Clips from the interview were then used on a variety of other CNN programs.


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