All news organizations were poised for the decision, which had been expected at 10 a.m.
Google users searched the term "Supreme Court" over 100,000 times today, according to the search engine's trending searches page.
CNN originally tweeted that the Supreme Court struck down the individual mandate for health care and displayed the information prominently on their website. Their blunder also unfolded on television, where
Fox News also displayed incorrect information, as they displayed a television banner reading, "Supreme Court Finds Individual Mandate Unconstitutional." The network changed it's message soon after re-reading the court's decision.
Many reporters whose organizations had the correct information took to Twitter to taunt those who made mistakes.
Associated Press Central U.S. Region Editor David Scott asked his staff to stop taunting CNN and other’s court ruling mistake in a memo to his staff. According to a memo obtained by media blogger Jim Romenesko, Scott wrote: “That’s not the impression we want to reflect as an organization. Let our reporting take the lead.”
The U.S. Supreme Court declared the health reform act constitutional this morning. The Affordable Care Act of 2010 requires non-exempted individuals to participate in a health insurance plan of some kind, starting in 2014.
Trending Twitter topics in the New Haven area included #Obamacare, Roberts, Supreme Court, Affordable Care Act, Medicaid, and Constitutional, according to Twitter.
Among the reactions to the Supreme Court decision and the erroneous television reports were taunts from other journalists.