A CNN anchor reporting on the backlash in response to Michelle Obama’s healthy kids initiative unwittingly propagated the lie that the First Lady has the ability to sign bills into law.
“That was Ms. Obama back in 2010 when she signed the Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act into law,” CNN Newsroom anchor Carol Costello says, after airing a clip featuring a speech the FLOTUS gave. “Well now some members of Congress and the food industry want to roll back that initiative and loosen requirements to cut costs,” she continues oblivious of the error.
In reality, the president has the ultimate say on whether bills are passed into law or vetoed, but that didn’t stop Costello from unapologeticaly disseminating misinformation straight from the teleprompter.
Obama’s embattled Healthy Kids Act has led several school lunch rooms to serve up “healthier” alternatives, with many children taking to social media to complain that the lunches merely consist of smaller portions of unhealthy, GMO-laden foods and “taste like vomit.”
— Megan Howell (@Howelady) March 14, 2014
Republicans are pushing back on costs associated with the law, proposing a new bill that would provide schools the opportunity “to waive the standards if they have a net loss on school food programs for a six-month period,” according to Fox News.
CNN’s continual misreporting, their insistence on covering mundane and trivial news items and their refusal to offer journalism that challenges the status quo are only a few of the reasons the 24-hour cable news network’s ratings have plunged to near-record lows, in January shedding “39% of its total prime time audience from the same month in 2013..”