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CNN Botches Obamacare Ruling in Epic Error

June 28, 2012

Joe Dwinell


Somebody call a doctor, the folks at CNN must be having a heart attack after they goofed and declared Obamacare was dead.

The red-faced cable channel had to quickly post a correction, but it was too late. The social media cat, so to speak, was out of the bag and the embarrassing error was whipping around the Web. As the nation now knows, the U.S. Supreme Court actually upheld the constitutionality of Obamacare today.

The digs came fast and furious for the cable channel. "CNN breaking John McCain wins 2008 election," joked one observer on Twitter.

CNN first reported in a banner on their website: "The Supreme Court has struck down the individual mandate for health care." Whoops.

The correction read: "Correction: The Supreme Court backs all parts of President Obama's signature health care law."

The fast-fingered flub is being called a "Dewey Defeats Truman moment." It gets worse for CNN as the error is being compounded by re-tweets. "Not Twitter's finest moment here," a wise poster summed up.

It all came down at about 10 a.m. today when the court upheld the constitutionality of Obamacare, the controversial health care reform program, in a blockbuster decision.

Read the Supreme Court decision here.

Chief Justice John Roberts acted as the swing vote, joining the liberal justices on the court to save the signature achievement of the Obama Administration. Stay tuned. This will heat up the web all day.

Source: (c)2012 the Boston Herald

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