In a memorable utterance for any news executive, Fox News chief Roger Ailes told an audience this spring:
“[In] 15 years we have never taken a story down because it was wrong. You can’t say that about CNN, CBS or the New York Times.”
A head-scratcher there. Was Fox really so perfect? Or did it just resist corrections, retractions and the like? Today provided a clue, as Fox issued this statement following its gun-jumping and dead-wrong Supreme Court report that the individual mandate was dead:
We gave our viewers the news as it happened. When Justice Roberts said, and we read, that the mandate was not valid under the Commerce clause, we reported it. Bill Hemmer even added, be patient as we work through this. Then when we heard and read, that the mandate could be upheld under the government’s power to tax, we reported that as well — all within two minutes.
By contrast, one other cable network was unable to get their Supreme Court reporter to the camera, and said as much. Another said it was a big setback for the President. Fox reported the facts, as they came in.