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The Problem with Speculative Journalism: ‘You’re Asking For Trouble’

On “Reliable Sources” this morning, Howie Kurtz and his panel discussed the Supreme Court mis-reporting mess that Fox News and CNN found themselves in Thursday morning. The panel focused on CNN’s Supreme Court expert Jeffrey Toobin, whose predictions in the weeks leading up to the decision, that the mandate would be overturned, turned out to be wrong.

“I think it shows ignorance, with all due respect to Jeffrey Toobin,” said Mark Feldstein, author and journalism professor. “The problem with speculative journalism, horse race journalism, who’s ahead, who’s behind… By having him focus on predictions, that no one can know, you’re asking for trouble.”

TVNewser’s Gail Shister was also on the show this morning talking about the week’s other big media story: the anchor change at the “Today” show. That clip after the jump.

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