CNN’s Ali Velshi, with just 11 minutes to go before the verdict was scheduled to be read, was no more patient than his C- or MSNBC peers. To his guest, lawyer Tom Ajame, Velshi asked, hopefully, “And you feel it doesn’t mean anything other than the fact it was a clear case to the jury that they’re back? It doesn’t mean acquittal or conviction?” Ajame replied that it is “too soon to say” (yeah, at least 11 minutes too soon). Fifteen minutes later, still verdict-less, Velshi could no longer contain himself. “This jury came back very quickly without any questions of substance to the judge, without any readbacks, without any clarifications,” Velshi reported to colleague Daryn Kagan in the studio. “Some are suggesting that might be an acquittal.” Ah, the old “some say” school of sourcing. With that, Velshi threw it back to Kagan who, not two minutes later, interrupted her guest to say: “Let me just jump in. Let me go live. Ken Lay is guilty on all charges. We have heard Ken Lay has been found guilty by the jury in the Enron verdict, guilty on all charges for Ken Lay.”
So much for what “some” said.
The world waited almost five years for Enron’s big enchiladas to face justice. Reporters couldn’t wait just a few minutes more?