Cable News Network has discovered the down side of stardom: When you foul things up, everybody's watching.

A report Thursday morning on Rhode Island's troubled privately insured banks and credit unions -- shut down by the governor on New Year's Day -- was illustrated with camera footage that unfortunately lingered on Old Stone Bank, a federally insured institution that is still very much open.

In other times, that error might scarcely have caused a ripple. But CNN's audience has mushroomed in the past couple of weeks because of its extensive coverage of the Persian Gulf War, and Rhode Island depositors are understandably jittery.

Minutes after the bank opened Thursday, a run was on.

"Their spot was talking about the credit union problem," said Old Stone executive vice president Robert Burkhart. "They panned various institutions ... unfortunately, at least three of these uninsured institutions adjoin our branch on Park Avenue {in Cranston}. They stopped the camera on Old Stone."

Depositors jammed Old Stone's 28 branches demanding cash, prompting bank officials to order up an extra truckload from the Federal Reserve.

Even with an immediate local media blitz about the safety of banking with Old Stone, including radio interviews with its chairman and an appearance at the featured branch by a reassuring Gov. Bruce G. Sundlun, the run continued for part of Friday.

Bank officials said they called CNN Thursday morning, as soon as depositors told them about the broadcast, but it wasn't until Friday afternoon, when CNN began running a correction of the misleading story, that depositors calmed down, Old Stone officials said.

A CNN spokesman refused to comment on the story yesterday.

Old Stone ran ads in the local newspapers over the weekend promising that customers who wanted to put their money back into certificates of deposit could do so without penalty for having made early withdrawals. The bank also sent videotapes of CNN's story correction to its branches.

Yesterday, some of the depositors trickled back in with their money.

"Your good name is hard to gain but easy to lose," said executive vice president Burkhart.

There have been scattered runs throughout Rhode Island since the state's banking crisis began three weeks ago, including an earlier run at Old Stone.

Yesterday, Rhode Islanders whose $1.3 billion is tied up in 14 shuttered savings institutions that still don't have federal deposit insurance learned that some would be getting partial payments soon. Legislators have begun debating a permanent state bailout.