CNN’s Law-Related Media Mistakes and Getting Things Wrong

CNN’s Jeff Zucker

Media and the law have long been uncomfortable bedfellows, but as the social media and mainstream media continue their trekking into every corner of our lives it becomes both more urgent and also more important that their facts are correct.

Hence this week, after CNN made its embarrassing error over a non-occurring arrest in the Boston bombing case, CNN boss Jeff Zucker put out a memo about the matter.

It’s not the first such error and another law-based mistake that was massively damaging for the network was the claim in June that President Obama’s health care law had been overturned.

Although CNN’s traffic spiked hugely with the erroneous reporting of the Boston arrest

As events unfolded in Boston, and then in Texas, and as they continue to unfold at this very moment in both places, CNN has been there for our audience in every possible way – on television, online and on our mobile platforms.

As Wolf would say, that was true for our audiences here in the United States and around the world. For journalists like each of us, these are the times that define what we do and why we do it. All of you, across every division of CNN Worldwide, have done exceptional work. And when we made a mistake, we moved quickly to acknowledge it and correct it. It was important to see CNN,, HLN and CNNI all shine this week, often with different stories and different approaches that make each of their roles clear. It is a week that began with a whole new genre of programming for CNN, with the successful premiere of Parts Unknown.

Now, as the week comes to a close, I wanted to express my deep gratitude and admiration. You have worked tirelessly, around the clock, to share these stories. And our audiences have responded, making it clear that they rely on us in ever increasing ways. In front of the cameras and behind the scenes, you have shown the world what makes us CNN. With my thanks and appreciation.


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