Christian Radio Host Lectures CBS News on Accuracy as He Mangles Story About COVID Nurse

“Pro-life” Christian radio host Frank Sontag mangled a story by CBS News about a nurse at Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital in Winfield, Illinois.

CBS News tweeted a video of the nurse who tearfully explained that she was not allowed to wear an N95 mask in the hospital “hallways” and while conferring with other nurses.

CBS News add a tweet clarifying that the nurse was referring to the “halls”.

WBBM reported a similar situation with a different nurse in the Chicago area: “The hospital sent a memo reminding nurses of a previous policy prohibiting them from wearing masks in hallways during their shift.

Sontag, whose radio program airs on KKLA in Los Angeles, mocked people who feared the coronavirus on March 9 as the death toll passed 4,000.

On April 7, Sontag falsely and smugly claimed the nurse said the hospital “have no masks”:

It’s a woman in the hospital crying, she’s a nurse and they have no masks and she’s having a meltdown… Have you heard the real story of what happened? I suspect many of you haven’t.

Sontag lectured on how CBS News was creating “division” and making “political inroads” even though politics were never mentioned by CBS News or the nurse:

This is important because CBS News reported as it was true. Broadcasted it everywhere. Giving the perception that this particular hospital wasn’t even giving masks to its medical staff. An opportunity for political inroads and division and finger-pointing because we’ve got instantaneous access in ways we can relay information without knowing it’s true or not.

Sontag went on to read an error-filled story about the incident from right wing Red State (he failed to mention this was the source), which has been parroted by numerous right wing outlets:

A travel nurse whose tearful Instagram video decrying a lack of PPE at the hospital in which she worked went viral wasn’t completely truthful in her video.

Imaris Vera, who is based in Chicago, said she quit because nurses in the designated COVID unit to which she was assigned were not wearing masks and she was not allowed to wear her personal N95 mask.

Sontag then read the nurse’s actual words, which contradicted Red State and Sontag himself, as the nurse clearly said “hallways” (CBS News noted “halls”on April 6).

America is not prepared and nurses are not being protected. I quit my job today. I went into work and I was assigned to a COVID patient on an ICU unit that has been converted to a designated COVID unit. None of the nurses are wearing masks, not even surgical masks in the hallways when they’re giving reports to each other.

I had my own N95 mask. I told my manager, ‘I understand we’re short on supplies, but let me protect myself. Let me feel safe. I have family that I have to come home to, and the way that things are looking, this is not going to get any better.

Sontag, who doesn’t have a medical background, also suggested the nurse was in need of psychological help based on posts on her Facebook page.

(Sources: KKLA, CBS News, Red State, WBBM)

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