As anyone who watched last week’s news coverage of the Boston bombing tragedy knows, journalism as a profession, has a very bad week. Many networks struggled with how to explain to readers what was happening and how to responsibly stay abreast of the continuing results. But CNN – due to their insular staffing and a win at all costs stance on ratings – self-destructed and lost credibility with readers across the country.
Realizing how bad CNN’s perception now is, John King issued a mea culpa of sorts, and tried to smooth away the idea that his network values fiction over facts. The problem is, he did it on a radio show. For such a major black eye, he needed to devote an entire segment of his show to explain how it is that such a deplorable thing can happen in the first place. By doing it on a radio show he can point to his detractors and say, "see, we're taking responsibility," when in reality, they are doing the opposite. This was a major mistake and any apology needs to be broadcasted with the same energy as the original transgression. Otherwise, it barely registers.