There were many reasons to laugh at CNN's inept coverage of the events in Boston last week - we have a whole list of 'em here! - but it doesn't look like CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker feels the same way. In an internal memo sent out to CNN staff, Zucker praised the team's efforts, and said he felt the network really "shined" through the "exceptional work."
If you recall, CNN was one of the biggest networks to trip over themselves in a rush to report news that a suspect had been arrested in connection with the Boston marathon bombings - when no one had actually been arrested.
The full memo, which was obtained by Politico:
April 19, 2013
What a week.
As events unfolded in Boston, and then in Texas, and as they continue to unfold at this very moment in both places, CNN has been there for our audience in every possible way – on television, online and on our mobile platforms. As Wolf would say, that was true for our audiences here in the United States and around the world. For journalists like each of us, these are the times that define what we do and why we do it. All of you, across every division of CNN Worldwide, have done exceptional work. And when we made a mistake, we moved quickly to acknowledge it and correct it. It was important to see CNN, CNN.com, HLN and CNNI all shine this week, often with different stories and different approaches that make each of their roles clear. It is a week that began with a whole new genre of programming for CNN, with the successful premiere of Parts Unknown. Now, as the week comes to a close, I wanted to express my deep gratitude and admiration. You have worked tirelessly, around the clock, to share these stories. And our audiences have responded, making it clear that they rely on us in ever increasing ways. In front of the cameras and behind the scenes, you have shown the world what makes us CNN.
With my thanks and appreciation,
No mention of that one time the website reported conflicting stories right on top of each other on its front page, or the other time a hot pink dildo just so happened to appear on screen? Did Zucker even watch CNN?
Meanwhile, Jon Stewart, ever the sane one, took to his Comedy Central series The Daily Show to rip into CNN for their coverage, calling them "the human centipede of news." You can check out that much more entertaining (and logical!) clip below.