On the “Daily Show” last night, Jon Stewart mocked CNN’s claims of “exclusive reporting” that an arrest of a “dark-skinned male” had been made in the Boston Marathon bombings, saying, “It’s exclusive because it was completely [bleeping] wrong.” He described the cycle of CNN picking over their own misinformation as human-centipede-like.
But CNN’s Wednesday was not stellar, in the sense that the Hindenburg’s docking at Lakehurst was not stellar.
I think people are being too hard on CNN lately. Here are some things it has done well, recently:
- Piers Morgan never on longer than scheduled.
- Really top-notch coverage of those poop cruises.
- Keeping Anthony Bourdain busy and out of trouble.
- Not more than one major error in the middle of any given massive national news story, while simultaneously lecturing viewers on the importance of caution.
Look, I love CNN. It took down that ridiculous article about women’s hormonal voting. They’ve even been kind enough to have me on. But this is embarrassing. And with the misidentification of the culprit as a dark-skinned male, it went beyond embarrassing to — not quite human-centipede-level mortifying, but close. That’s more than just foot-in-mouth.
I hate to see them turning into the Network That Cried “Confirmed Wolf.”