CBS News is being accused of staging a line of cars to make the coronavirus testing situation look worse than it actually was.
Early last month, CBS was caught using video footage from an overrun Italian hospital and claiming it was from New York City, only to call airing the footage a "mistake" without any more explanation.
Then in Michigan, the network was reporting on a scarcity of coronavirus testing kits, while President Trump maintained the kits were in good supply. According to the undercover investigative team at Veritas, the line of cars waiting for testing was too short to satisfy the narrative that Trump did not know what he was talking about.
An anonymous whistleblower told Veritas' James O'Keefe with 100 percent certainty that the national CBS News Corporation staged a fake event and broadcasted it to all of their audience on "CBS This Morning."
The Veritas undercover team found several employees at Cherry Medical Center in Grand Rapids who confirmed the setup.
"We knew that they were coming. We had no clue that we were gonna have to … fake patients," an employee shared. "One or two of them were real patients, which added to their frustration, because this line sat there for a while."
CBS denies the charges but has since edited the footage to take out the line of cars. The network claims a hospital employee might have offered the help.
Dan Gainor of the Media Research Center cannot independently verify who is behind the idea to use fake footage, but he would not put it past CBS to do something like that.
"You don't know what to believe, but the press continually downplays its own errors and its own bias," he says. "Well, then yeah -- people need to look at this and say … Can we trust the major news?"
The reality, he says, is "we know we can't now."