While we're still reading SCOTUSblog and waiting for the opinion to be released to the internet at large, let's just take a moment to reflect on how poorly some outlets handled this ruling: As Eli told you, the Supreme Court voted 5-4 in favor of the individual mandate as a tax. However, Buzzfeed notes that if you watch CNN, you heard a very different story:
CNN then proceeded to do the full-court press of misinformation, announcing that the mandate was struck down on Twitter, on their website, and on the banner across the bottom of CNN proper. They're now retracting that "news" on just about every outlet imaginable. This has to be some kind of a nadir for CNN, which is already hurting in the ratings. I think they're going to have to have a top-down overhaul in order to recover from this. (Fox News got it wrong, too, but nobody ever expects Fox News to get anything right.)
UPDATE 11:33 AM: Looks like President Obama himself got fooled by CNN's shitty reporting this morning:
Standing with White House chief of staff Jack Lew and looking at a television in the “Outer Oval” featuring a split screen of four different networks, the president saw graphics on the screens of the first two cable news networks to break the news — CNN and Fox News Channel — announcing, wrongly, that he had lost.
Senior administration officials say the president was calm.
A couple minutes later, White House counsel Kathy Ruemmler came to Outer Oval and gave him two thumbs-up. Ruemmler had gotten the correct information from a White House lawyer at the Supreme Court and from SCOTUSblog.com.
Remember when everyone was shitting over blogs for not being accurate sources of information? Never trust TV news.