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Bill Donohue | CNBNews Contributor

 

The Supreme Court ends its 2021-2022 term today. It also ends a particularly embarrassing time for the media.

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On June 24, the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 to overturn Roe v. Wade; it also ruled 6-3 to uphold the Mississippi law banning abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy. Astonishingly, many media outlets got the story wrong.

The following media outlets incorrectly reported that the decision to overturn Roe was 6-3:

Washington Post

USA Today

Yahoo

Fox News

New York Post

New York Daily News

Daily Caller

Washington Free Beacon

Forbes

Fortune

The Hill

New York Magazine

Atlanta Journal Constitution

Pittsburgh Post Gazette

Chicago Sun Times

New York Times (headline was wrong but online news story was right)

Seasoned journalists should have known from the leaked draft of the decision that it was going to be a 5-4 decision. They also should have known that Supreme Court Justice John Roberts was likely to uphold the Mississippi law, while siding with the minority in the ruling to overturn Roe.

It is no wonder that a large majority of Americans do not trust the media.

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