McBride at Poynter suggested that Landau, who wrote the piece, perhaps tried so hard to be unbiased about the study that she failed to report clearly that it has no real scientific merit. If that’s the case, her editors are as much at fault for letting the piece go live as she is for writing it. Now that it’s out there, the best CNN can do is respond to the outrage as fully as they can, by explaining what went wrong.


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Hazel Sheffield is a former assistant editor at CJR. Follow her on Twitter @hazelsheffield.