In what some refer to as the most significant federal decision since the New Deal, on June 28 the United States Supreme Court affirmed the constitutionality of President Obama’s Affordable Care Act in a 5-4 vote. When the news first broke, organizations immediately took to Twitter to broadcast the decision as Chief Justice John Roberts read the ruling.
With floods of tweets about the verdict, some news outlets chose to be first instead of verifying what they reported, which led CNN and Fox News to publish false information.
Writer-in-residence Jonathan Eig said journalists have often made mistakes, but the digital realm allows those to happen at a faster rate.
The Week Six morning lecture platform theme is “Digital Identity,” and Eig will present a Brown Bag Lecture, “Googling Your Way to Good Writing,” at 12:15 p.m. today on the Alumni Hall porch.