CNN immediately jumped on the Supreme Court’s ruling this morning on ObamaCare, claiming that the law was completely struck down. Thing is, most of the Affordable Health Care Act was upheld. Whoops!
And not only that, but after they realized they misinformed the American public, their Twitter feed magically deleted all of their tweets–except one. Talk about transparency.
In the span of approximately three to four minutes, CNN’s headlines went from the mandate being “completely struck down,” to “partly upheld,” to “completely upheld.” OK guys, I’m confused.
Even their live blog for this breaking news has little to no evidence of how they changed their newscast over that short span of time. My best guess for this happening in the first place comes from a quote under their update at 10:06 a.m. ET.
Chief Justice John Roberts had noted that however that the mandate would have been struck down based on the commerce clause, saying it would “open a new and vast domain” for Congressional power.
Would have been struck down and struck down are two completely different things, CNN.
The worst part of this misinformation the public received is the fact that we put our trust in these newsrooms that have little regard for the facts. It’s apparent that CNN wanted to be the first to report this breaking story (who wouldn’t?) However, in rushing to read the statements, it looks like they misinterpreted in information–which led to giving out that false information to us.
Here is a video of CNN’s false reporting:
Let’s this be a lesson to all of us, Mizzou J-Schoolers. Being the first to report on a story incorrectly is not better than being second and being correct.
As a journalism student, I was livid about this whole situation. And as someone who jumped out of bed and immediately turned on CNN, the newscast in which I put my trust in when it comes to breaking news, it was a very disappointing and frustrating morning. Looking at CNN’s reports and then seeing a sea of tweets about conflicting reports seemed to overshadow what was really going on today: a groundbreaking Supreme Court decision.
Someone get them a new producer.
[Image via CNN. This story is no longer on the CNN website.]