It has happened again. A news outlet airs false photos or video. And Andrew Cuomo made a huge error when he reported on the situation of FEMA assistance to his state.
Here’s the original video footage from Sky News:
The next video originally aired on a March 25 CBS News’ broadcast of “CBS This Morning.” It is the same footage of the Italian ER shown in the Sky News video. It begins at 1:20 in the video and runs for about four seconds.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo makes an emotional appeal for additional ventilators. Vice President Mike Pence has promised to deliver 4,000 ventilators. Cuomo has requested 30,000, and asks rhetorically, “What am I going to do with 400 ventilators when I need 30,000? You pick the 26,000 people who are going to die because you only sent 400 ventilators.”
(Note: Pence sent 4,000 ventilators to New York last week from the national stockpile, not 400. At last Tuesday’s White House Task Force briefing, Pence told reporters, “I was so pleased to confirm that earlier today, FEMA, from the national stockpile, shipped 2,000 ventilators to the state of New York. And tomorrow, there will be another 2,000 ventilators shipped from the national stockpile.”)
As Red State points out in their article, conditions in New York City emergency rooms may be as dire as those in Italy, but CBS shouldn’t show video of a hospital in Italy when they are reporting on the situation in the United States. Was it an error, laziness on the part of whoever made the decision to use the clip, or an intention to deceive?
Andrew Cuomo, through his mistaken report that the Federal government was only sending New York 400 ventilators (instead of 4,000), made a permanent impression of poor support to his state. Was that a mistake, or was it intentional? I would also like to know why he needed 30,000 ventilators on March 26, when there were fewer than 27,000 confirmed cases identified in his state? Not sick people, but those confirmed to be carrying the virus.