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Thursday, June 28, 2012

CNN, Fox News, AJC slip up while reporting Supremes' federal healthcare ruling

The U.S. Supreme Court this morning upheld most of the controversial federal health care law pushed by President Barack Obama.

But we're seeing almost as much attention being paid to how CNN, in rushing to report the complex news, incorrectly said that the court had struck down the law's individual mandate (PDF). (The network later issued a correction.) Fox News also slipped up.

They weren't the only ones:

The Associated Press got it right. The Guardian is providing some of the best minute-by-minute coverage.

Breaking news - especially when it involves complex Supreme Court rulings over contentious issues that have divided the nation - is difficult. And mistakes happen. We make them! But this ruling really deserved more careful analysis.

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