From New York Daily News
Like many Americans, Obama was watching CNN and FOX News Channel as they flashed graphics saying his law’s central health care mandate was found unconstitutional, ABC News reported. It wasn’t until White House counsel Kathy Ruemmler gave him two thumbs up that Obama realized that the cable news shows had got it wrong.
What became a very good day for the White House became a very bad day for the cable news channels as their early confusion became a viral joke. . . .
The mistake drew immediate comparisons to a media snafu from an earlier era: the Chicago Tribune’s famously incorrect 1948 headline, “Dewey Defeats Truman.” A Photoshopped image of Obama holding up an iPad displaying the incorrect news splashed across CNN.com quickly started swirling around the Internet.
We're now only minutes away from knowing the fate of the health care law in the US. Watch @CNN now.— Wolf Blitzer (@wolfblitzer) June 28, 2012
Supreme Court strikes down individual mandate portion of health care law. on.cnn.com/LvVRcK— CNN Breaking News (@cnnbrk) June 28, 2012
CNN still showing mandate struck down headline - is this their Dewy beats Truman moment?— Bill Wendel (@BillWendel) June 28, 2012
Correction: The Supreme Court backs all parts of President Obama’s health care law. on.cnn.com/LvVRcK— CNN Breaking News (@cnnbrk) June 28, 2012
My version of a NYT headline on this: At a Confused CNN, Wolf Blitzer Continues to Talk— Josh Dawsey (@jdawsey1) June 28, 2012
Wolf Blitzer says there are "conflicting reports." Yes. Yours, and everybody else's.— Will Leitch (@williamfleitch) June 28, 2012
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So, CNN originally reported it was struck down, others reporting individual mandate being upheld as a tax. #Breaking— The Daily Beast (@thedailybeast) June 28, 2012
Wolf Blitzer just sent his headshot and resume to The Onion.— Dave Pell (@davepell) June 28, 2012
Maybe if Wolf Blitzer stopped texting Justin Bieber for JUST ONE MINUTE, CNN could have gotten this SCOTUS thing right.— Matt Binder (@MattBinder) June 28, 2012
CNN has started using question marks in their headlines, just to be safe.— Shawn Garrett (@ShawnGarrett) June 28, 2012
Dear @wolfblitzer, don't feel bad about getting the Supreme Court news wrong today. I once ate a batting practice donut.— Homer J. Simpson (@HomerJSimpson) June 28, 2012
Stop teasing CNN. If this is how they're treated when they attempt to actually cover news, then they'll never try again.— Tim Mathews (@timmathews) June 29, 2012
Someone at #CNN is going to get fired. A mistake along the lines of "Dewey Defeats Truman" - unconscionably sloppy & egregious journalism— West Wing Reports (@WestWingReport) June 28, 2012
The scoop is & always has been an act of journalistic narcissism. CNN learned that today. Again.— Jeff Jarvis (@jeffjarvis) June 28, 2012
Internal CNN memo about today's mistakes: ow.ly/bTPdM "Stay strong ... We are not the story. The story is the story."— Poynter (@Poynter) June 28, 2012
There are a lot of tweets, posts and pieces out there about our mistake. And more will come. Stay strong. This is the organization that has exposed and righted wrongs, that has brought knowledge and freedom to people worldwide. We made a mistake, as people and organizations sometimes do, and we swiftly and clearly corrected it.
We are not the story. The story is the story.
I want to sincerely thank everyone involved in the correction process for their focused effort and for their calm and clear heads.
~ Internal CNN Memo sent out by Meredith Artley, Vice President and Managing Editor of CNN Digital, via Poynter.org
Fox & CNN issue statements about their mistakes in reporting Supreme Court ruling. But only 1 actually apologizes: journ.us/NS8zaO— Poynter (@Poynter) June 28, 2012
“We have breaking news here on the Fox News Channel," anchor Bill Hemmer said. "The individual mandate has been ruled unconstitutional."— Denise(@denise4925) June 28, 2012
"It may take several minutes, or even beyond that, to understand all this."Bill Hemmer, @Foxnews with the understatement of the year.— Russ Wilson (@russnet) June 28, 2012
Bill Hemmer and Fox # get it wrong again. But it's still constitutional!— hornermark (@hornermark) June 28, 2012
I'm watching FOX. Bill Hemmer just called Justice Roberts the "wildcard".#SCOTUS— Jean Esselink (@Uncucumbered) June 28, 2012
Bill Hemmer is acting like someone shot his dog. Jerk— Geoff Ninecow (@geoff9cow) June 28, 2012
Not only did he get mandate call wrong, Bill Hemmer needs to rewatch "I'm Just a Bill"--doesn't know who passes laws: gawker.com/5922068/lets-n…— David A. Graham (@GrahamDavidA) June 28, 2012
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