Journalist David Zweig believes CNN and other liberal media did not report enough to determine the scoop of a viral interview in which a nurse claimed that many people who die from coronavirus do not believe the virus is real.
Zweig wrote the column “Are COVID Patients Given” It Is Not Right “When They Die?” to the technology publication Wired, which stated, “An ER nurse’s anecdote about disturbed denial went viral. But when the media found out the story, journalists were not doing their job. ”
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The New York-based Zweig ̵
“It was not a specific patient. It’s just a culmination of so many people, and their last, dying words are, ‘This can not happen, this is not true.’ And when they have to spend time on FaceTiming of their families, they are filled with anger and hatred, and that just made me really sad, ”the nurse told CNN on“ New Day ”during an interview with Alisyn Camerota, who then asked , whether anger and hatred are directed at Doering.
“I think it’s just a belief that it’s not genuine and care happens to be at the receiving end of it,” Doering replied.
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CNN’s interview went viral, with a clip that garnered over 5.5 million views on Twitter. It was shared by politicians, picked up by other news outlets and the parrot by prominent journalists. But Zweig felt things were fishing and digging a bit.
“There is no doubt that we owe a deep gratitude to Jodi Doering and all the leading medical staff who are dealing with the current increase in COVID cases. The work they do is truly heroic. “The way Doering’s account of her experience has been reported and circulated should give people a break,” he wrote.
“Doering’s statement that she has seen ‘so many’ people die of the disease, even though they deny its very existence, endlessly repeated on social media and presented by news outlets without confirmation, seems to represent a broader phenomenon,” Zweig continued. “But other nurses working in similar settings say they have not seen anything like that.”
Zweig then detailed that he contacted other hospitals in the same area of South Dakota, but no one else appeared to have the same experience as Doering.
At my request, Kim Rieger, vice president of communications and marketing at Huron Regional Medical Center, one of the four medical facilities where Doering works, spoke with several nurses at Huron to get their reactions to the CNN interview. No one said they had interacted with COVID patients who denied having the disease, ”Zweig wrote. “This in no way means that Doering’s account is untrue. But it provides at least one important context that was completely absent in the CNN interview and from all the media reinforcement that followed. ”
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Zweig believes that “little or no effort was made to assess the scale of the problem that Doering so memorably described” before journalists repeated her allegations. He listed The Daily Beast, HuffPost and The Washington Post as outlets that covered Doering’s claims, with some stories “framed as an astonishing embodiment of red-state denial.”
“Doering’s account also fits perfectly with a narrative that has already been written and one that has been passed on by respected people and prestigious outlets with almost no care at all,” Zweig wrote. “Even just a small amount of further reporting suggests that her experience of encountering the death penalty denial … could be more of a disturbing anomaly than a window into our troubled times.”
CNN did not immediately respond to a request for comment.