A lot of people had a lot of fun with CNN's botched coverage of the Supreme Court Obamacare decision yesterday, which is totally understandable because Hahahah, CNN! Wolf Blitzer's Beard! Hologram Will.i.am!
But can you imagine what it would have been like if you worked for CNN? Especially if you were one of the handful of people there who's actually a journalist?
"Fucking humiliating," said one CNN veteran. "We had a chance to cover it right. And some people in here don’t get what a big deal getting it wrong is. Morons."
"Shameful," another long-time correspondent told BuzzFeed.
"It's outrageous and embarrassing," a third CNN staffer vented. "Maybe this will shake the company into understanding that CNN has not been the 'most trusted name in news' for a very long time."
I think that might be wishful thinking. I don't think the people over there like to acknowledge anything that they can't break first.
"It looked to all the world like the chief justice was going to strike down the law," legal analyst Toobin later said on air, seeking to explain the CNN confusion.
So true. And so sad. If only there were some way they could have found out the actual truth before reporting it. Like, if there were some sort of hologram or gigantic iPhone that would give a news network the technological power to hear an entire news item through to its conclusion before reporting on it.
Maybe one day…
Tags: CNN, Judiciary, Media, Supreme Court