Business Insider was on the wrong side of the John Edwards verdict earlier today, flashing a “guilty” banner on its site and publishing a story that wrongly attributed the incorrect verdict to ABC News. Here’s the offending story and banner, via Talking Points Memo’s Ryan J. Reilly:
I contacted Henry Blodget, Business Insider’s editor in chief and CEO, earlier this afternoon to ask how this happened.
I had also asked if they had prepared an Edwards “guilty” banner for the site in advance. ”No banners prepared in advance,” he said. “Just our screw-up. We caught it fast.”
The site has now added a “note” to the bottom of its Edwards verdict story:
We momentarily misinterpreted some tweets at 2:36 p.m. and incorrectly reported that Edwards was found guilty. ABCNews never reported that Edwards was found guilty. We apologize for the mistake.
Reuters deputy social media editor Matthew Keys also tweeted a screenshot of CNN’s homepage wrongly declaring Edwards guilty: