CNN Flubs Coverage of U.S. Supreme Court Decision on Obamacare, Incorrectly Reports That Bill was Not Upheld; Fox Screws Up, Too; UPDATE: CNN Apologizes

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A screen shot of CNN's "coverage" this morning of the U.S. Supreme Court decision on Obamacare.

Everyone was watching the big moment this morning, awaiting the decision by the U.S. Supreme Court on Obamacare... and CNN blew it.

The flub started as veteran newscaster Wolf Blitzer breathlessly announces that reporter Kate Bolduan has some news from the steps of the courthouse.

Then Bolduan comes on, saying that CNN "wanted to bring you the breaking news that, according to producer Bill Mears, the individual mandate is not a valid exercise of the commerce clause, so it appears as if the Supreme Court has struck down the individual mandate -- the centerpiece of the legislation."

Of course, the real news is that the Supreme Court upheld Obamacare.

 

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CNN producer Bill Mears

CNN then began to display a rail across the bottom of the screen that hammered in the incorrect info: "Breaking News: Supreme Ct. kills individual mandate."

Youch.

Blitzer seems to instinctively know his producer blew it and waters down what Bolduan and the TV screen are saying. He blurts that it would be a dramatic moment "if" the individual mandate is, in fact, unconstitutional."

Our emotions began to kick in based on that "news." Then we flipped it over to Fox to see how they were reporting it. Fox was reporting the story correctly: That the individual mandate would be seen as a tax, and that Obamacare had been upheld.

We have a feeling we'll be having a better morning than Mears.

UPDATES:

* After writing this, we soon found out that Fox had screwed it up, too, then corrected their info just before we switched to them. Figures. 

* CNN's Megan Grant just e-mailed us with a link to a statement from the news company, saying CNN apologizes for the error. And, we'll be big enough to admit that she also had the satisfaction of correcting our piece about something: We spelled Kate's name incorrectly, going with Balduan instead of Bolduan. To paraphrase CNN: Sorry 'bout that.

* Obama was fooled, too. News outlets report how the president was watching cable news networks for the announcement and saw for a few awful minutes that his premier piece of legislation might have failed.



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21 comments
Ray Stern
Ray Stern

Almost as funny as you calling me Rubin :)

ExpertShot
ExpertShot

It's kinda funny.  Rubin reports on another news media getting something wrong and then gets his own facts wrong.  I glad he made sorry.  

Jess
Jess

Very Christ - like to deny healthcare to the poor. Lets deny healthcare to republican soldiers, congressmen, senators, the supreme court, government workers too.  I guess Canada, & Germany are facist for universal healthcare too? Republicans are all WHINING with No Solutions

Heywood Jablowme
Heywood Jablowme

um, clearly you don't watch enough of the Daily Show if you expect better from CNN. MEOW!

Car_del99
Car_del99

When Obama wins..WE ,the poor , WIN

Jacob Wentz
Jacob Wentz

Government: How can I help you? Citizen:  Can I get one order of government health care with a side of food stamps please? Government: Would you like unemployment insurance with that?

Ross
Ross

Reminds me of when they blew it in 2000 with Bush v. Gore.  That's what happens when they hire uneducated reporters and then tell them to "Get it first, don't worry about getting it right." The NY Times website didn't have a story for five or ten minutes after other media outlets posted theirs.  But at least they had it correct, when it was posted.

Ray Stern
Ray Stern

Not in this case. I reported what happened with CNN correctly, and updated it when I found out Fox f'd up, too. Honestly, I do expect better from CNN.

mike richardson
mike richardson

I don't know what the bias of this blog is, but Fox News reported it exactly the same way

ExpertShot
ExpertShot

 Thank you for your accurate reportage.

Ray Stern
Ray Stern

 On second thought, I will change that headline...

Ray Stern
Ray Stern

 Well, I don't see that the headline needs changing, but I will add something about Fox getting it wrong, too -- someone else just told me that. I wrote it as I saw it, though -- when I flipped it to Fox, they had it right (apparently after just getting it wrong.) Unfortunately, my house doesn't have an Adrian Veidt-style wall of TVs, so I was watching one channel at a time.

WhoKnows
WhoKnows

I caught azcentral today where they also stated it that it was not upheld.  It was only up for a couple minutes.

ExpertShot
ExpertShot

 Okay Ray, get that correction fluid out and change the headline and text of this article tout suite, or we'll be making fun of you for getting YOUR story wrong. 

ExpertShot
ExpertShot

" Fox was reporting the story correctly: That the individual mandate would be seen as a tax, and that Obamacare had been upheld." ??? Maybe at the time you watched it but here's what the anchors were saying at the same time you were watching CNN "We have breaking news...The individual mandate has been ruled unconstitutional." -- Fox News anchor Bill Hemmer Why don't you exercise your journalist skills prior to stating things which cause others to think the wrong things.  Oh, yeah - you're accusing CNN of doing just that and Fox of being the "good brother".

Masked Magician
Masked Magician

President Obama has just sealed his re-election. With his victory on BS1070 the other day and now his victory on ObamaCare, he has done all but crushed Mitt Romney. Mitt may as well concede the election. Obama will win hands down.

Masked Magician
Masked Magician

We'll see... Arizona sued the feds over ObamaCare and they lost. This is the second time in two days Arizona has lost at the Supreme Court. It is interesting to note that Chief Justice John Roberts sided with the high court's 4 liberal justices in upholding ObamaCare. Also interesting to note that Roberts is a Republican. Every Republican, from House Speaker John Boehner to GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney, want ObamaCare repealed, despite Romney, as Massachusetts governor, instituted a health-care overhaul similar to ObamaCare. So, we'll see what GED Jan has to say about this....

Haddie Nuff
Haddie Nuff

Actually I expect her to come out with a statement about how it's actually a victory.

Jacob Wentz
Jacob Wentz

WIN in the 1976 definition (Whip Inflation Now!).

mike richardson
mike richardson

 oh, so you got a story wrong based off of rushing information out too?

Anon
Anon

No, Mitt will go on like a wind-up doll that the GOP puppetiers put out there.

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