In a rush to be the first to report the Supreme Court ruling yesterday on healthcare reform legislation just seconds after it was announced, each of CNN and Fox News apparently reported incorrectly at first that the law had been struck down. "The justices have just gutted the centerpiece legislation of the Obama health care law," CNN's John King reported gravely, live on air. "A direct blow to the President of the United States. A direct blow to his Democratic party."
In THIS 5 minute piece on The Daily Show last night, Jon Stewart termed it "unconstitutional mandate hyperventilation."
"Wow, that's a dramatic moment," CNN's Wolf Blitzer commented on air live.
"Yes, a moment of great drama," says Jon Stewart in this clip. "And like many of our greatest dramas, a work of complete fiction."
Fox News apparently corrected its error after 2 minutes. But CNN continued along these lines for a full 7 minutes.