The MSM Debacle Reporting The Obamacare Decision

Tom Goldstein at SCOTUSblog has a great post on how CNN and Fox News blew it when they incorrectly reported that the Supreme Court had struck down the Affordable Care Act in its entirety.  By contrast, Tom’s team at SCOTUSblog, which live-blogged the release of the opinion, avoided those mistakes, took a little more time to understand the opinion, and reported the outcome correctly.  

After a similar debacle reporting much too quickly on the Supreme Court’s decision in Bush v. Gore, I had hoped that the media had learned a simple lesson: Supreme Court decisions are complex and you actually need to READ them before reporting on the outcome.   Oh well, maybe next time. . . .  Meanwhile, thank heaven for SCOTUSblog!



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