Twitter is fast, and like most fast things can be dangerous. Toss a hefty and complex legal ruling into the mix and you’ve got a good recipe for disaster, or at least confusion.
The @AJC Twitter account was among the media outlets that got the healthcare ruling wrong initially. I am told the AJC’s vaunted Lord of the Tweet was listening to CNN coverage and got a little trigger happy and hit send on this bit of embarrassment: “Breaking: Supreme Court strikes down mandate that requires individuals to buy insurance.”
CNN reporter John King, a huge Newt Gingrich fan, initially described it as “a dramatic blow to the policy and to the president, politically.”
Fortunately for Atlanta-based CNN, mortal foe Fox got it wrong too, according to Politico. Bill Hemmer was the unhappy fellow: “We have breaking news here on the Fox News Channel, the individual mandate has been ruled unconstitutional.”
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