Media coverage of Supreme Court Arizona immigration ruling declares victory, defeat for Obama
The Supreme Court's ruling on the Arizona immigration law presented a challenge for instant-analysis and 140-character summation. Reuters' tweet:
U.S. SUPREME COURT UPHOLDS KEY PART OF TOUGH ARIZONA IMMIGRATION LAW, IN DEFEAT FOR OBAMA
— Reuters Top News (@Reuters) June 25, 2012
When people questioned how this was a defeat, Reuters Social Media Editor Anthony De Rosa said he isn’t responsible for content that goes out on the Reuters wire, adding, “that came directly from the wire without edit.”
On its live blog, CNN characterized the ruling as a victory for Obama, quoting Chief Political Analyst Gloria Borger:
"On the larger federal question of state vs. government, this is a clear victory for the Obama administration because it stated quite clearly the state can't pursue policies that undermine federal law," she said. "It’s clearly under the federal purview."
New York Times White House Correspondent Peter Baker noticed the difference in the CNN and Reuters coverage, tweeting, "Scotus in the Twitter era!"
@CNNbrk tweets, a few minutes apart, avoided characterizing it one way or another. About 25 minutes later, Reuters' U.S. news feed tweeted the news with a link to a story, without characterizing the ruling as a defeat. Politico's Marty Kady noticed the disconnect in live TV coverage:
MSNBC and CNN have the words "rejected" and "struck down" on crawl. Fox has the word "upheld" in its chyron.
— Marty Kady (@mkady) June 25, 2012
But on Twitter, Fox News made good use of its limited space:
BREAKING: SCOTUS strikes down 3 of 4 parts in AZ's controversial immigration law, upholds measure allowing police to stop suspected illegals
— Fox News Alerts (@foxnewsalert) June 25, 2012