We understand trailing MSNBC and Fox News in ratings has them on edge, but that's no excuse to cut corners!!
CNN, like every other news outlet in the United States, focused around-the-clock coverage this week on the tragic bombings at the Boston Marathon.
Unlike most of those other news outlets, CNN's Peter King boasted to have "EXCLUSIVE!" information that suspects were arrested and the network blindly ran with it for much of Wednesday afternoon.
As we'd later all find out, CNN and Mr. King were very very wrong — no arrest was made at all!
Maybe Peter's source was a liar. Or misinformed. Or imaginary.
We don't know, but millions of folks were trusting CNN and they dropped the ball!
While reporting rumor as fact is certainly one way to jazz up ratings, there is often dire consequences. Credibility, for one, is all but lost!
As one source from within CNN itself said
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