CNN and Fox learned the hard way Thursday that sometimes, it’s better to be right than fast.
As the health care ruling began to come down, CNN ran a report that the Supreme Court had struck down the individual mandate. They also put up a banner headline on their website indicating that the ACA had been struck down.
Fox also initially reported that the law had been struck down.
Unfortunately for both networks, though fortunately for many uninsured Americans, the law had not been struck down. Chief Justice John Roberts’ ruling simply used a justification other than the Commerce Clause to uphold the law.
While few people turn to Fox News for accurate reporting, CNN staffers were reportedly mortified by the mistake. According to Buzzfeed, one CNN reporter said, “We had a chance to cover it right. And some people in here don’t get what a big deal getting it wrong is. Morons.”
Another reporter was even more vicious, saying, “Maybe this will shake the company into understanding that CNN has not been the ‘most trusted name in news’ for a very long time.”
CNN did correct its initial reporting, of course. But the mistake brought further mockery to the once-vaunted news network that has been struggling as of late.
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