Media Fail: CNN, Fox News Erroneously Report Health Care Law Struck Down

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The Supreme Court upheld Obamacare and its individual insurance mandate today, although Fox News and CNN apparently expected a different outcome.

They were so surprised, they reported it was struck down!

Many in the media expected the Supreme Court to throw out the 2010 Affordable Care Act, but no one officially knew until the ruling at 10:15 Thursday.

Looks like CNN and Fox News jumped the gun. Fail.

  • Fox News Fail
  • CNN Fail

The Supreme Court’s 5-4 ruling established that the law, which mandates citizens have health insurance, is constitutional, since not doing so results in a tax.

Nonetheless, Fox's ticker initially reported that individual mandate had been declared “unconstitutional,” while CNN said the mandate had been “struck down.”

Both networks ultimately corrected their reports, but not before their utter idiocy was disseminated throughout the Twitterverse. Really, guys, awesome work.

It's unclear if they were merely confused by the court's extensive 193-page ruling or if they had that text ready to go ahead of time and forgot to change it.

In any case, as HitFix's Alan Sepinwall joked, this would make for a great episode of The Newsroom ... in two years, with the full benefit of hindsight.

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CNN...I'm a lil surprised by that. But FOX News...I'd expect nothing less. The whole supposed "news" they relay to their audience is so mind boggling. The fact that you have to wonder if they know their views aren't too bright or they don't care is major. I haven't heard two true facts in a row on FOX NEWS-EVER!

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Didn't your parents teach you not to believe everything you read or hear,lol its news forsake.

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Fox News, thanks again for Fair and Balanced ethical news reporting. You integrity and unbiased efforts in reporting true news as it occurs is truly God like. Glad you eagerly were one of the first to get out the "NO" decision on "OBAMA-ROMNEY" care.

Ken1

FAUX NEWS!

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you fail too. The decision was 5 to 3. One justice declared a conflict.

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Not a shocker,media reporting has taken a road of jumping the gun before reporting facts.

Tequila911

EPIC FAIL!