CBS News has admitted it made a "mistake" in airing footage of an overwhelmed Italian hospital while reporting on the coronavirus outbreak in New York City.
"It was an editing mistake. We took immediate steps to remove it from all platforms and shows," a spokesperson told Fox News on Monday.
The footage in question was shot by Sky News and aired in a video report the outlet uploaded to YouTube on March 19, which documented the ongoing crisis in Italy's coronavirus epicenter in Bergamo.
The Sky News report shows medical staff scrambling to treat direly ill patients with limited resources in an overcrowded hospital. Several patients can be seen desperately gasping for air. The outlet hoped to demonstrate to the world just how bad the situation was in the European country.
But last Wednesday, CBS News included a short clip from the Sky News video in a segment about the outbreak of COVID-19 in New York City, which the outlet calls "America's Epicenter."
A production administrator for Turning Point USA posted clips of the two broadcasts on Twitter to show viewers that the same footage is being used.
During a Pandemic it is essential that the Media gives us real and accurate information. It’s completely irrespons… https://t.co/MeALSk5dbh— ALX 🇺🇸 (@ALX 🇺🇸)1585582143.0
In northern Italian cities such as Bergamo where the Sky News report was shot, the health care system faced near collapse during the height of the outbreak. Doctors were reportedly having to choose between patients due to limited time and resources, in many cases, leaving elderly patients to die.
The death toll was so high in the country that the military was deployed to transport dead bodies to be cremated.
As of Monday, New York City had reported more than 36,000 confirmed cases, with 790 resulting deaths.
Here's the full "CBS This Morning" segment from last Wednesday:
New York Governor Cuomo pleads for 30,000 ventilators www.youtube.com