CNN had a “Dewey Defeats Truman” moment with its exclusive yet completely incorrect report Wednesday that a suspect was in custody for the Boston Marathon bombings.
Even while other media outlets pulled back from that report by saying there were “conflicting reports,” or in the case of NBC, reporting the information was downright wrong, correspondent John King went on and on and on with his bad information.
That “mistake” didn’t stop new CNN President Jeff Zucker from a “journey into a wondrous land of imagination…the Twilight Zone,” where he sang his staff’s praises in a letter.
The letter, obtained by Politico on Friday, read:
April 19, 2013
What a week.
As events unfolded in Boston, and then in Texas, and as they continue to unfold at this very moment in both places, CNN has been there for our audience in every possible way – on television, online and on our mobile platforms. As Wolf would say, that was true for our audiences here in the United States and around the world. For journalists like each of us, these are the times that define what we do and why we do it. All of you, across every division of CNN Worldwide, have done exceptional work. And when we made a mistake, we moved quickly to acknowledge it and correct it. It was important to see CNN, CNN.com, HLN and CNNI all shine this week, often with different stories and different approaches that make each of their roles clear. It is a week that began with a whole new genre of programming for CNN, with the successful premiere of Parts Unknown. Now, as the week comes to a close, I wanted to express my deep gratitude and admiration. You have worked tirelessly, around the clock, to share these stories. And our audiences have responded, making it clear that they rely on us in ever increasing ways. In front of the cameras and behind the scenes, you have shown the world what makes us CNN.
With my thanks and appreciation,
Oh, yes, indeed the world saw what makes you, CNN. That’s why we don’t watch much.
And here, via Mediaite, you can watch Jon Stewart destroy CNN for its bad reporting: