The story went out last November through the CBS News network with a title
both heartbreaking and horrifying: "Woman Battling Kidney Cancer Losing
Company Health Plan Due To Obamacare."
Only problem? It wasn't true. On any level. Even the most green journalist
only needed to ask a few basic questions to watch this story crumble. But
these weren't green journalists, but the Washington Bureau for CBS News. And
they didn't seem to care that they screwed up the story royally:
> After [CBS Deputy Bureau Chief Ward] Sloane hung up on me, I waited ten
minutes, then called the D.C. bureau again.
> This time, Heather, the producer who had hung up on me an hour earlier,
answered the phone. To my surprise, she was much friendlier.
> She confided that she had just been talking to Ward Sloane, and that CBS
would be pulling the story from their website and taking it down from the
server that goes to their affiliates.
> But the story had aired in November—and then went viral. CBS was closing the
> Heather agreed: ideally that sound-bite would have been eliminated when the
story was edited. "The problem is ...