CNN, Fox Jump the Gun, Say ACA Struck Down [Video]

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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Kellyanne M.
Kellyanne M5 years ago

Guess they were reporting what they wanted ro happen.

Frances C.
Frances C5 years ago

MSNBC got it right. They usually try to get the facts before speaking. Fox Liar channel doesn't care about the truth, just spouts out anything that enforces their right wing opinions, so no surprise there.

Donald T.
Donald T5 years ago

wishful thinking, although I am loathe to give them any credit for any thought process. and they wish Obama would be what they want him to be , dumb stupid muslim kenyan anti-american anti-constitutional communist fascist nazi anti-2nd amendment anti-capitalist socialist. well, he is African on his father's side; they are right about that tidbit. and they wish the First Lady would be equally dumb stupid ugly fat annoying. Well, bottom line for those jackasses, they sure do love fantasyland; they simply cannot handle reality.

John B.
John B5 years ago

In the rush to be number 1 with the speed of news delivery they have no quality in what they are delivering as they don't care about accuracy just speed.

BTW Obama is from Kenya and the moon really is made out of cheese.

Phillip Ferrell
Phillip Ferrell5 years ago

The first thing I heard when I awoke yesterday was that the ACA had been upheld. Of course, I never watch FOX or CNN. I wouldn't even watch a movie on one of those channels if they had them. Do they have them? I don't even know.

Dan V
Dan Varns5 years ago

"According to producer Bill Mears the individual mandate is not valid" Today Bill is probably without a job.
And why was this report so focused on CNN with little mention of FOX? They were probably watching CNN! :)

Peter S.
Peter S5 years ago

It is better to be correct then first.
I am a little surprised that CNN made this mistake but I expect mistakes from FOX. I recieved a headline popup on my phone from CNN telling me that the court struck down the Affordable Care Act but within thirty secounds Huffington post and MSNBC sent me headline saying it was upheld.
As I like to tell my right wing tea party friends,

Lisa D'Ambrosio
Lisa D'Ambrosio5 years ago

Good for the CNN-ers who still have some pride in their work and strive for accuracy & credibility. They will doubtless enjoy the new Aaron Sorkin program "The Newsroom" on HBO.

Jamie Clemons
Jamie Clemons5 years ago

Well I was against the mandate for different reasons. I was not against it because it is socialized medicine. I was against it because it is not socialized medicine like we should have.

Carole L.
Carole L5 years ago

Marianne C.
“The good thing about the false headlines was the almost euphoric joy it seemed to create among Teapublicans. That must have made the let-down of reality that much harder for them. Too bad, so sad.”

I know, they were all so breathlessly dramatic. I love how Stewart and Colbert covered it.

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