CNN Apologizes for Misreporting Health Care Ruling
Fox News also briefly said individual mandate was found unconstitutional
By Andrea Morabito -- Broadcasting & Cable, 6/28/2012 12:33:15 PM
CNN apologized for the error in a statement Thursday:
"In his opinion, Chief Justice Roberts initially said that the individual mandate was not a valid exercise of Congressional power under the Commerce Clause. CNN reported that fact, but then wrongly reported that therefore the court struck down the mandate as unconstitutional. However, that was not the whole of the Court's ruling. CNN regrets that it didn't wait to report out the full and complete opinion regarding the mandate. We made a correction within a few minutes and apologize for the error."
CNN first reported that the individual mandate was found unconstitutional at 10:07 a.m., before Wolf Blitzer later backtracked at 10:11 a.m., saying that the network was now receiving conflicting reports. CNN later corrected the error at 10:14 a.m., when it said that health care law was in fact upheld.
Fox News also reported the court ruled the individual mandate unconstitutional at 10:07 a.m., according to TVNewser, though at 10:09, Megyn Kelly said they were getting conflicting information.
Unlike Fox news, CNN's misreporting extended to its Twitter stream, which can be seen below and in a blog post here.
George Sweeney - 6/30/2012 2:15:48 PM EDT
And this is just one of many, many reasons why the network is sinking like quicksand. Too many blunders and errors and not getting their facts straight, because they're hell bent on wanting to be the first with the story. CHECK THE FACTS before airing it to a worldwide audience. More changes are going to need to be made there if they ever expect to be relevant and be taken seriously once again.
Jed - 6/28/2012 11:11:47 PM EDT
steve - 6/28/2012 2:28:41 PM EDT
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