CNN memo says network is analyzing Supreme Court coverage mistakes

Meredith Artley, vice president and managing editor of CNN Digital, sent a memo to staff this afternoon about the network’s mistakes in today’s coverage of the Supreme Court’s ruling on the Affordable Care Act. “There are a lot of tweets, posts and pieces out there about our mistake. And more will come. Stay strong,” she wrote. “We are not the story. The story is the story.” || Read the memo after the jump. || Related: Memo from Washington bureau chief Sam Feist (Huffington Post)

This morning, starting at 10.08, we erroneously reported that the individual mandate was struck down by the Supreme Court. We published this across digital platforms, via email and on @cnnbrk. We reported it on our air.

We got it wrong and we take that very seriously.

We are actively discussing this mistake, analyzing and learning from it.

And we will carry on.

Just look at our sites at this very moment – we have crafted a collection of outstanding stories that millions of people are reading and watching right now.

There are a lot of tweets, posts and pieces out there about our mistake. And more will come. Stay strong. This is the organization that has exposed and righted wrongs, that has brought knowledge and freedom to people worldwide. We made a mistake, as people and organizations sometimes do, and we swiftly and clearly corrected it.

We are not the story. The story is the story.

I want to sincerely thank everyone involved in the correction process for their focused effort and for their calm and clear heads.

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  • Alyssa Sunkin

    Dear CNN,

    As a former reporter and news junkie, I beg of you to stop wasting your time and credibility chasing Fox News and MSNBC in the ratings and just report the news accurately and fairly. Your flub yesterday was an embarrassment and does nothing but further damage the news industry’s reputation. I know we all make mistakes — I’ve certainly made my fair share — but simply apologizing and sending out memos claiming that you’re not the story is not going to cut it. This should serve as a wake up call, a reminder of what your true mission is and how best to fulfill it. You were once the most trusted name in news. With just a little soul-searching and by recruiting real talent, you can get back there.

    But, just as I type this, you’re sending a breaking news alert about the imminent divorce between Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise. So apparently you’re going to continue your descent into tabloid journalism. I don’t know why I’m surprised.

  • Anonymous

     What are you talking about? They delivered the false report on air and on the Web.

  • David

    Can wrap up the problem in 4 words: tweeting is not  journalism.