CNN on Wednesday quoted the California governor’s office as saying they had not yet heard of any hospital system in the state receiving a ventilator directly from Tesla or Mr. Musk, despite the CEO claiming otherwise on social media.
He then posted a March email exchange that appeared to show a Los Angeles County Department of Health Services official thanking Tesla for receiving the ventilators.
“They worked great during testing today,” wrote Phillip Franks, Director of System Operations and Support Services at the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services, according to the screenshot. “We will put these to use tomorrow. Thanks!”
“These ventilators will be quickly deployed in our hospital in anticipation of the coming wave of parents who will be suffering from the most severe effects of COVID-19,” Mr. Parker wrote, according to the screenshot.
“I literally have the receipts!!” he wrote. “This is so dumb.”
Matt Dornic, CNN’s vice president of communications, fired back in a tweet saying his network was simply reporting what the governor’s office said.
“Weird to attack CNN for what the CA governor’s office said — especially when your own spokespeople at Tesla didn’t respond to requests for comment,” Mr. Dornic responded. “Seems like your outrage should, uh, be directed at the entity that made the claim, not the one that reported it. U new to this?”
“These were based on direct requests from their ICU wards, with exact specifications of each unit provided before shipment,” he wrote.
“Perhaps you are unaware that Twitter has a search function?” he tweeted to Mr. Dornic. “The hospitals *themselves* acknowledged receipt of ventilators.”
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