Supreme Court health care ruling: CNN, Fox err in reporting mandate ruling

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In the mad dash to report the outcome of the Supreme Court's ruling on President Obama's landmark health care ruling, a pair of media giants got it wrong.

At 10:08 a.m., CNN reported on its breaking news Twitter feed that the individual mandate, perhaps the most contentious portion of the law, had been struck down.

Supreme Court strikes down individual mandate portion of health care law.

— CNN Breaking News (@cnnbrk) June 28, 2012

CNN also issued the information instantaneously on television. The same went for Fox News, who also reported that the high court had struck down the mandate. also posted a breaking news banner saying that the mandate had been declared unconstitutional.

After a period of time, both networks did correct course on television, the Internet and on Twitter and issue corrections.

Correction: The Supreme Court backs all parts of President Obama’s health care law.

— CNN Breaking News (@cnnbrk) June 28, 2012

"The health care reform law is constitutional," says @WolfBlitzer, after getting details about the ruling. Live now on @CNN TV.

— CNN (@CNN) June 28, 2012

BREAKING: Supreme Court lets stand the Affordable Care Act, including the Individual Mandate provision, but strikes down Medicaid expansion

— Fox News Alerts (@foxnewsalert) June 28, 2012

In a statement released late Thursday morning, CNN apologized for their error in reporting.

"In his opinion, Chief Justice Roberts initially said that the individual mandate was not a valid exercise of Congressional power under the Commerce Clause. CNN reported that fact, but then wrongly reported that therefore the court struck down the mandate as unconstitutional.

However, that was not the whole of the Court’s ruling. CNN regrets that it didn't wait to report out the full and complete opinion regarding the mandate. We made a correction within a few minutes and apologize for the error."

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