Supreme Court Health Care Ruling Prompts Foot Race In Press Corps

There were winners and losers in the journalistic race to get out the news of the Supreme Court’s momentous ruling upholding the administration’s health care law Thursday.

If this had been the Olympics, CNN and Fox News would have been called for false starts, or worse, after initially reporting that the high court had struck down the law. NPR talk show host Diane Rehm got it wrong, too, during her Thursday show, although the network’s newscasts were correct, NPR’s David Folkenflik reported.

The gold would have gone to Bloomberg News, at least according to the organization’s PR people, who trumpeted a 24-second advantage over the Associated Press. Folkenflik tweeted that Bloomberg “got it first (and right)” followed seconds later by Reuters, AP and then Dow Jones.

But for my money, the winners were the journalists who raced, literally, to get the decision out of the court as fast as humanly possible. Check out the slideshow for proof of their athletic prowess.

The photographers weren’t able to identify the runners. If you know who they are, we’d like to draft them for the next ACLI Capital Challenge.

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