An impartial federal judge has issued a ruling in a lawsuit that essentially accuses CNN of peddling ‘fake news’ in their reporting.

The case involves a hospital CEO that sued the network for inflating infant mortality rates at St. Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach.

The former CEO of that facility, Davide Carbone, accused CNN of manipulating statistics and ignoring data that painted a different picture of the true rates at the hospital.

Manipulating statistics and ignoring facts to portray a skewed version of reality? CNN? Nah, couldn’t be.

The attorney for Carbone said that “the case against CNN certainly fits the description of media-created ‘Fake News.’”

In an 18-page order allowing the case to move forward, the judge agreed, saying, “The Court finds these allegations sufficient to establish that CNN was acting recklessly with regard to the accuracy of its report, i.e., with ‘actual malice.”

Via Law Newz:

“In our case, we contended that CNN essentially made up its own standard in order to conduct an ‘apples to oranges’ comparison to support its false assertion that St. Mary’s mortality rate was 3 times higher than the national average. Accordingly, the case against CNN certainly fits the description of media-created ‘Fake News.’” said Carbone’s attorney L. Lin Wood, in a statement to LawNewz.com. 

On Wednesday, Federal District Judge Orinda Evans ruled that the case could move forward, even ruling that she found that CNN may have acted with “actual malice” with the report — a standard necessary to prove a defamation claim.

“The Court finds these allegations sufficient to establish that CNN was acting recklessly with regard to the accuracy of its report, i.e., with ‘actual malice,” the order reads. CNN had tried to get the case dismissed.

CNN’s alleged false reporting had very real-world consequences, as Carbone lost his job due to the skewed infant mortality rates being presented to the public.

“False and defamatory accusations against real people have serious consequences,” Carbone’s lawyer said.

President Trump has been consistently calling out CNN over their ‘fake news’ reporting. During a January press conference Trump refused to give a question to reporter Jim Acosta, declaring “Your organization is terrible.”

“I am not going to give you a question,” he added. “You are fake news.”

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