CNN health-care goof goes viral
By Maura Judkis | www.washingtonpost.com | 06/28/2012
It may have only been a few minutes, but it probably felt like an eternity for a miserable CNN homepage web producer. That’s how long an inaccurate headline remained on CNN’s site Thursday after the Supreme Court health-care ruling, which resulted in a pretty big goof from the network: It declared “Mandate struck down” on the web and on the air, until the truth — that the law was upheld — emerged.
But not before thousands of smart-alecks on Twitter took screenshots of the bad headline, making their own 21st-century version of “Dewey Defeats Truman.” CNN later issued a correction in bold letters across the top of its site, stating that the Court backed all parts of President Obama’s signature health-care law.
The error was just another example of the perils of the 24-hour news cycle, and the drive to be first. CNN anchors later said on the air that the bill was “confusing,” as they spent more time parsing it out. That didn’t stop social media users from going for the jugular, as they lambasted the network’s carelessness. After the health-care ruling, everyone with a Twitter account became a media critic.