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CNN Under Fire Online for Reporting California Hospitals Didn’t Get Ventilators From Elon Musk

© AP Photo / Susan WalshTesla and SpaceX Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk speaks at the SATELLITE Conference and Exhibition in Washington, Monday, March 9, 2020.
Tesla and SpaceX Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk speaks at the SATELLITE Conference and Exhibition in Washington, Monday, March 9, 2020. - Sputnik International
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The coronavirus pandemic, which has affected 2 million people across the world, has put unprecedented pressure on healthcare systems. One of the key problems is the shortage of medical equipment such as breathing machines used to treat coronavirus patients. Elon Musk recently purchased 1,200 ventilators and sent them to California.

Social media users have blasted CNN after the network issued a false report, claiming that hospitals in US state of California didn’t receive any ventilators promised by Tesla CEO Elon Musk at the end of March. The outlet cited the spokesperson for California’s governor, who provided the following statement:

"Elon Musk and his team told the state that he had procured ventilators and wanted to distribute them directly to hospitals with shortages. The Administration is communicating every day with hospitals across the state about their ventilator supply and to date we have not heard of any hospital system that has received a ventilator directly from Tesla or Musk".

Musk quickly took to Twitter to comment on the CNN report. He first posted correspondence between a Tesla employee and state official, who said that ventilators were being tested and would be put to use. And then posted a laudatory message from the CEO of Mammoth Hospital in California and photos of medical personnel thanking Tesla and Musk for the ventilators.

To top it off, the 48-year-old then lambasted CNN for its story writing:

​Musk’s proof and comment caused a flood of angry comments towards CNN.

​​Users agreed with the tech maverick and branded the channel fake news.

​Others praised the way Musk dealt with the CNN report.

​One user even reported the story as targeted harassment.

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