TV Networks Take Their Time Reporting Supreme Court Voting Rights Act Ruling

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By Alex Weprin Comment

The Supreme Court handed down another of its “big four” rulings today, as it struck down section four of the Voting Rights Act, and asking Congress to amend it.

NBC News legal correspondent Pete Williams was the first reporter on-air with the decision, appearing simultaneously on MSNBC and in an NBC News special report at 10:11 AM. ABC News followed with a special report featuring Terry Moran at 10:15, with CBS following with Jan Crawford a minute later.

Both CNN and Fox News may have been expecting a big ruling, but they both waited a number of minutes before noting that the Supreme Court had ruled on the VRA. Fox News reported the decision at 10:15 AM, while–as it did yesterday–CNN only reported that a ruling had been made, taking its time to read the decision, and finally reporting the result at 10:19 AM.

The final day of rulings will be tomorrow, as the Supreme Court reveals its rulings on same-sex marriage and DOMA.

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