Disgraced CNN producer John Bonifield is a subject of an ongoing 2016 defamation suit by pediatric surgeon, Michael Black.
In a CNN video segment, Bonifield and CNN exaggerated the hospital’s relative surgical casualty rate by comparing what the network said were the casualty rates of the hospital’s open-heart surgeries with the success of open and closed-heart surgeries nationwide.
But they presented a highly misleading graphic on national television:
Dr. Black worked at St. Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach Florida. The court order elaborates on the video segment defaming Dr. Black and St. Mary’s hospital:
[CNN and Bonifield] juxtaposed a photograph of Dr. Black with an interview of some of the parents of the deceased infants, simultaneously posing the question of why St. Mary’s and Dr. Black were continuing to perform heart surgery on children. In response to this rhetorical question, the video report stated that “the answer may come down to one thing: money.”
Judge Oftedal found that Dr. Black had good reason to proceed with his case, which alleges: “The CNN defendants published their statements knowing that they were false or with reckless disregard for their truth or falsity.”
An Atlanta judge in February, making a finding in a CNN-fighting suit similar to Black’s—by former St. Mary’s executive David Carbone—also refused to let CNN off the hook.
Read the full order in the case against John Bonifield, CNN and other producers of the stories smearing Dr. Black and St. Mary’s, below:
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