CNN was reporting this afternoon on the “death of” Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones (D, OH) up until it carried live, around 2:30, a press conference at a Cleveland hospital during which a spokesperson referred to Tubbs Jones being “in critical condition at present,” having suffered an aneurysm. Soon thereafter, before our very eyes, “death of” on CNN’s on-screen headline was switched to “health of” Tubbs Jones.

UPDATE: Fox News, too, was reporting soon after 2pm that Tubbs Jones had died (complete with on-screen headline “FOX CONFIRMS”).


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Liz Cox Barrett is a writer at CJR.