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If CNN was a pregnancy test from last night’s Saturday Night Live.

Surely the folks at CNN — and perhaps Fox “News” and MSNBC — saw The Daily Show and The Colbert Report last night and cringed while watching questionable Flight 370 coverage ruthlessly mocked by Jon and Stephen because Christ, the past two weeks have just been an embarrassment to watch.

Swear to fucking God, CNN has had a reporter inside a flight simulator in Canada for the past FOUR DAYS covering the Flight 370 story. 
Today they are “flying” over the site where debris, possibly from the doomed plane, was found.  Because this is how you should cover this story: inside a Canadian flight simulator.
Even anchor Carol Costello must be doing a facepalm.

Swear to fucking God, CNN has had a reporter inside a flight simulator in Canada for the past FOUR DAYS covering the Flight 370 story.

Today they are “flying” over the site where debris, possibly from the doomed plane, was found.  Because this is how you should cover this story: inside a Canadian flight simulator.

Even anchor Carol Costello must be doing a facepalm.

Jon Stewart’s takedown of CNN’s “is that good or bad?” tendencies was brilliant.

“The streets are empty. It’s eerie. It’s as though a bomb had dropped somewhere.”

CNN reporter SUSAN CANDIOTTI, reporting from Watertown, Mass., just days after the — oops! — Boston marathon bombings, via The Colbert Report.

Both Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert aired the very same soundbite, which, along with John King’s “dark-skinned male” report, should give CNN pause the next time they claim to uphold any standard of broadcast journalism.

“In this age of instant reporting, and Tweets, and blogs, there’s a temptation to latch on to any bit of information — sometimes, to jump to conclusions. But when a tragedy like this happens, with public safety at risk and the stakes so high, it’s important to do this right. That’s why we have investigations. That’s why we relentlessly gather the facts. That’s why we have courts. That’s why we take care not to rush to judgment — not about the motivations of these individuals, and certainly not about entire groups of people.”

PRESIDENT OBAMA, at the White House.

Hey, wanna guess which CNN reporter was sitting in the front row in the press room when the President said this?

Yep: John fucking King.

John King.

  • It’s a little clearer now that John King of CNN reported some bullshit when he insisted that there was an arrest in the Boston bombing cases, and even more bullshit by saying one of those arrested was a “dark-skinned male.”
  • The question is this: What will CNN do about it?

The F.B.I. scolded several news media outlets on Wednesday for mistakenly reporting that an arrest had been made in the Boston Marathon bombing case, and warned that such unverified reporting could have “unintended consequences” for its investigation.

Numerous organizations, including The Associated Press, The Boston Globe and several local Boston television stations, erroneously reported Wednesday afternoon that an arrest had been made, citing unnamed law enforcement sources. Two of the most prominent reports came from CNN and the Fox News Channel, both the subject of widespread criticism last June after misreporting the result of the Supreme Court ruling on President Obama’s health care overhaul law.

CNN and Fox News spent about an hour discussing the news of an arrest with various correspondents and experts before backing off when they received further information.

NBC News held back on reporting news of an arrest during continuing coverage on its MSNBC cable channel. It reported that no arrest had been made and that no person had been firmly identified as under suspicion. (The New York Times did not report that there was a suspect or an arrest.)

The F.B.I. issued a statement later in the afternoon: “Over the past day and a half, there have been a number of press reports based on information from unofficial sources that has been inaccurate. Since these stories often have unintended consequences, we ask the media, particularly at this early stage of the investigation, to exercise caution and attempt to verify information through appropriate official channels before reporting.”

CNN broke news of an arrest at 1:45 p.m., with the correspondent John King citing law enforcement sources. About a half-hour earlier, Mr. King had reported what he called a “breakthrough in the identification of a suspect” and included details of a physical description.

“I was told by one of these sources, who is a law enforcement official, that this was a dark-skinned male,” Mr. King said.

By about 2:45, one of CNN’s law enforcement experts, Tom Fuentes, a former assistant director of the F.B.I., appeared on the air and reported that he had three sources who assured him no arrest had been made. The network issued a statement later in the afternoon that cited the three sources who had given CNN the information it used to break the news of the arrest: “CNN had three credible sources on both local and federal levels. Based on this information we reported our findings.”

The New York Times, "FBI Criticizes Media for False Reports of an Arrest In Boston Bombings"