If you’ve been on Twitter this morning — or have been watching cable news — you know that CNN, and then Fox News, initially reported the Supreme Court’s ruling on President Obama‘s health care reform initiative incorrectly. Their first reports stated the Court struck down the individual mandate (which is false). Twitter jokes commenced, leading the Associated Press to order their staff to “stop taunting” about the mistake.
Per Romenesko, Region Editor/Central U.S. David Scott said it’s “not the impression we want to reflect as an organization. Let our reporting take the lead.”
Scott’s email to staff:
From: Scott, David T.
Sent: Thursday, June 28, 2012 9:51 AM
To: News – Central Editorial Staff
Subject: Twitter/Health Care
Please, immediately, stop taunting on social networks about CNN and others’ SCOTUS ruling mistake and the AP getting it right.
That’s not the impression we want to reflect as an organization. Let our reporting take the lead.
Region Editor/Central U.S.
The Associated Press
Basically the message is: stay classy.
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