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The perils of breaking news

U.S. Supreme Court building.

U.S. Supreme Court building. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This post from SCOTUSblog is a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at what went on at the U.S. Supreme Court the day of the ruling on the PPACA health insurance reform law.

The gist of it is that through a series of human snafus and the desperate need to get the news as fast as possible, two major news networks ended up with egg on their faces.

Yet another cautionary tale that it’s better to be right than first. Which is sort of interesting to me, considering I captured this bit of sage advice from Baseball Hall of Fame sportswriter Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch a couple of weeks ago:

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