Thursday, June 28, 2012

Picture of the Day


Why am I choosing to go with the image of CNN getting it wrong and stating on-air that the individual mandate portion of the ACA had been struck down, and not Fox News, who did the same thing? Because from Fox News it's expected that they'd giddily jump to the anti-Obama conclusion, pounce without reading the entire ruling and not mind deliberately misleading their audience of aging, resentful reactionaries. CNN should've done better.

On the plus side, given CNN's ratings lately there's a pretty good chance no one saw this screw-up.

Adding: Great quote on this from Mother Jones: "CNN has its 'Dewey defeats Truman' moment. Fox News just has a moment."

8 comments:

lakelady said...

to be fair within about 5 minutes they corrected themselves. Talking with a friend who follows SCOTUS closely there was something in the header of the 60+ page ruling that stated the individual mandate was not valid under the Commerce clause - but then later it in the document it was upheld under the power of congress to tax. All in all I view it as a relatively honest mistake

Anonymous said...

Only an honest mistake if one expects 'The Most Trusted Name in News' to only read the header of document before reporting on the document.

Steven D Skelton said...

From my facebook page

"In 2 minutes, the SCOTUS will issue a ruling on Obama-care. The ruling will probably be in excess of 50 pages long full of legalese. In 4 minutes, news outlets across the country will report what it says. They must be really fast readers."

Paul POP! said...

Who watches TV news anyway? I got a tweet from Ginsburg saying, "It's all about Obamacare baby!"

Chez said...

Sorry, Lakelady, but no. This was a huge deal -- huge. And what happened to CNN and Fox perfectly illustrates the problem with modern television news and the overwhelming desire to be "first." You look before you leap and you're not thorough and in the end you get bit in the ass for it.

f11holdsteady said...

I was listening to NPR's Diane Rehm Show (since that was what was airing at the time) and she reported the individual mandate as having been struck down as well. I don't know how long it took for her to correct it since I stopped listening and started reading SCOTUS Blog which was much more on top of things. NPR was grabbed by that same desire to be first, which seems awfully beneath them.

f11holdsteady said...

I was listening to NPR's Diane Rehm Show (since that was what was airing at the time) and she reported the individual mandate as having been struck down as well. I don't know how long it took for her to correct it since I stopped listening and started reading SCOTUS Blog which was much more on top of things. NPR was grabbed by that same desire to be first, which seems awfully beneath them.

CNNfan said...

Maybe they should have reported, "OK, we have
good news and we have bad news,
which do you want first?"