First and Worst

Friday, July 06, 2012


When CNN incorrectly reported the fate of the individual mandate they fell into a long tradition of being first but not being right. Journalists have always wanted to report something first, but the benefits of doing so aren't clear -- especially for news consumers. Bob reports on the phenomenon and folly of being first.


Paul Farhi, Clark Fredricksen and Jerry Schwartz

Hosted by:

Bob Garfield

Comments [5]

Betty Baye

Interesting piece about how in the rush to be first, CNN and Fox delivered the wrong news about the Supreme Court decision. But the report lost a lot of credibility with this listener when the reporter embraced the Republican talking point by referring several times to "Obamacare." Is that the name of the law? Do listeners have a right to expect better especially when others are being taken to task for sloppy journalism?

Jul. 09 2012 03:29 PM
ruby2shoes from New Jersey

I was stunned to learn that CNN was wrong about the SCOTUS decision. Because I never watch Faux News, its report didn't matter. My bias, too, leans in the direction of CNN, Washington Post, Boston Globe, NPR I want the facts, unglossed.

Jul. 07 2012 01:33 PM
Tom Fiorillo from Speonk NY

To me. it's not whose first but rather the bias of the source. I tend to use NPR for their thoroughness and usually unbiased reporting. I almost never go to Fox. I also go to AP, Reuters and for my bias, CNN, the NY Times, Washington Post and Boston Globe. Everyone is usually first so that's not really an issue. But I do enjoy when a source gets and exclusive first that turns out to be a hoax.

Jul. 07 2012 11:14 AM
Edmund Singleton from Bronx, NY

There are some in media that would rather be right then first, but who knows who?

Jul. 07 2012 04:31 AM

Perhaps the media can be forgiven since once the mandate was ruled unconstitutional that should have been it. Nobody expected a Chief Justice to go out of his way and call it a tax and thus constitutional. Judicial and financial experts are still trying to figure what just happened and what to call this (tax, penalty, small fortune) that will be confiscated from citizens.

If a professor tells a student all his answers are wrong, the student promptly thinks he failed without considering the professor has corrected all the wrong answers and gives him a A+ grade.

If this was first and worst, was the news media's reporting on the Fast & Furious scandal the last and worst?

NBC's recent inappropriate editing of the Zimmermann 911 tape and a Romney speech seems to have fallen down the memory hole as well for some reason.

Jul. 06 2012 08:07 PM

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