CNN host Anderson Cooper got some bad news this week when a judge ruled that a defamation lawsuit against him could move forward.
Daily Mail reported that the judge ruled that the Florida doctor who is suing the network showed enough evidence to move forward with his legal battle on April 28.
This came after Dr. Michael Black filed a 208-page lawsuit against CNN and network host Anderson Cooper and senior medical correspondent Elizabeth Cohen.
The doctor works at St. Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach, Florida and led a pediatric cardiac surgery program at the hospital.
Anderson Cooper 360 ran segments that focused on the program and Dr. Black, which he claimed were fictitious in his defamation suit.
The network published Black’s photo and a headline that implied he treated ‘babies as sacrificial lambs’ and claimed he made a ‘total mess with newborn babies.’
Black accused the CNN of ‘reckless disregard for the truth’ by miscalculating the mortality rate for the program at St. Mary’s.
The report claimed the mortality rate of infants who died after heart surgery was 12.5 percent, which is three times the national average.
The doctor said the calculations by CNN were ‘fundamentally flawed pseudo-statistical analysis.’
He believes CNN had a preconceived goal in reporting its story, ‘to manufacture an outrageous, headline-grabbing story about an incompetent, dishonest and inexperienced doctor leading a surgical program in crisis and recklessly operating on young children to profit at the expense of those children’s lives.’
Cooper aired pieces about the hospital on the network. They ran the headline ‘Secret Deaths: CNN Finds High Surgical Death Rate for Children at a Florida Hospital.’
The story claimed a total of nine babies died following heart surgery under Black’s program.
However, Black claimed the producers were repeatedly told that the mortality rate they calculated was misleading and the hospital’s mortality rate was in line with the national average of 3.3 percent.
The CEO of the medical center allegedly told CNN the percentage they had calculated was inaccurate because it only accounted for a portion of the heart surgeries.
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