April 19, 2013

CNN Chief National Correspondent John King made a huge splash on Wednesday with an erroneous report that authorities had ID’d and arrested a “dark-skinned” suspect in connection with the Boston Marathon bombings. Following a massive backlash, King took to the airwaves Wednesday afternoon questioning what was up with his sources and also tweeted yesterday evening:

 

Since the “dark-skinned” fiasco, careful viewers have begun to notice a declining presence by King on CNN’s programming:

 

 

This from nonstop cable-news watcher Dorsey Shaw:

 

So what’s the deal? Has King been benched?

Hardly, according to a CNN source. He flew off to Dallas to interview former President George W. Bush in advance of the opening of his presidential library on May 1. And he’ll be back on air “shortly,” according to a CNN source.

Erik Wemple writes the Erik Wemple blog, where he reports and opines on media organizations of all sorts.