President Obama had a bad moment this morning as the Supreme Court ruling on health care reform came down: He stood and watched two of the TVs in the outer Oval Office as news reports declared that the court had struck down the individual mandate, reports Talking Points Memo. A minute or two later, however, White House counsel Kathryn Ruemmler came by to flash a thumbs-up and tell him that the reports on CNN and Fox News were wrong. Dejection soon turned to hugs all around.
Politico rounds up the statements from CNN here and Fox News here explaining how they got their initial stories wrong. The AP, meanwhile, got it right, and an editor had to order staff to stop gloating, according to Jim Romenesko 's blog. "Please, immediately, stop taunting on social networks about CNN and others’ SCOTUS ruling mistake and the AP getting it right," said the memo.