In the rush to report the Supreme Court’s decision on the Affordable Care Act Thursday morning, both CNN and Fox News initially incorrectly reported that the court had struck down the individual mandate portion of the law.
CNN apologized for the error in a statement Thursday:
“In his opinion, Chief Justice Roberts initially said that the individual mandate was not a valid exercise of Congressional power under the Commerce Clause. CNN reported that fact, but then wrongly reported that therefore the court struck down the mandate as unconstitutional. However, that was not the whole of the Court’s ruling. CNN regrets that it didn’t wait to report out the full and complete opinion regarding the mandate. We made a correction within a few minutes and apologize for the error.”
I have yet to see an apology from Fox, but they should, too.