Posted in music on July 2, 2012

Gotye at Webster Hall in March (more by Ryan Muir
Gotye

Last Friday (6/29), it was revealed that CNN was among the group of news outlets (including Fox News and The Huffington Post) who wrongly reported that the individual mandate central to President Obama's health care legislation was struck down. As you know, and as they quickly corrected, the court actually ruled that the provision could be upheld as a tax. In a statement regarding the incident, CNN senior vice president Sam Feist said, "Today we failed to adhere to our own standard, namely it's better to be right than to be first. We take mistakes seriously, especially mistakes on such important stories." (via Huffington Post).

Obamacare isn't the only thing that CNN has gotten wrong in the past week though. NME reports that last night (7/1), CNN's iReport program broadcasted that Gotye had committed suicide. Here's the statement: "'At 4:32 AM EST, it was reported that Gotye had shot himself in the head with a 9mm handgun. He was pronounced dead at 4.45AM, and the investigation concluded that the cause of death was suicide.'' Meanwhile, Gotye took to twitter soon after, tweeting, "I'm not dead. #Pinkalbumtitles." CNN has since removed the post. Tim Shiel of Gotye's touring band had fun with the mishap, and took to twitter himself, saying, "it saddens me to confirm the news of @gotye's passing- he suffered cardiac arrest while flying a unicorn over a double rainbow" and "don't panic the @gotye world tour is still going ahead, with special guest Terence Trent D'arby. its what wally would have wanted" (referencing Gotye's birth name, Wouter "Wally" De Backer and Terence Trent D'arby, one of the singers who briefly took over when fellow Australian band INXS replaced their lead singer). So for anyone who may have been worried by CNN's false report, Gotye will be live and well for his North American tour which hits NYC twice in September.

In other more exciting CNN news, CNN anchor Anderson Cooper, who has avoided talking about his personal life for years, finally came out as gay. In an email to Andrew Sullivan (who is also an openly gay news reporter), Cooper said, "The fact is, I'm gay, always have been, always will be, and I couldn't be any more happy, comfortable with myself, and proud."

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Posted by Anonymous | July 2, 2012 5:49 PM

NI

Posted by Anonymous | July 2, 2012 6:11 PM

"Anderson Cooper has confirmed what most people in the media world and New York already knew: his show has no ratings."

Posted by Anonymous | July 2, 2012 6:14 PM

and BrooklynVegan finally becomes Gawker

Posted by Anonymous | July 2, 2012 7:12 PM

Happy about ACA being deemed constitutional, bummed about Gotye still existing.

Posted by Anonymous | July 2, 2012 7:19 PM

6:14- guaranteed Fox News viewer. They have nothing but ratings so that's all their viewers talk about. As though that matters.

Posted by Anonymous | July 2, 2012 7:53 PM

^ LOL
(no other comment necessary)

Posted by Anonymous | July 2, 2012 8:04 PM

Ouch. This is exactly the type of post on "youth" "trendsetting" "grassroots" sites that make major media organizations get very worried. Seriously. Their businesses depend on credibility and last week CNN broke its own rules. It's fascinat

Posted by Anonymous | July 2, 2012 8:34 PM

Gotye is unconstitutional.

Posted by Anonymous | July 2, 2012 8:35 PM

7:12 bkvegan could very easily and lucratively bec

Posted by Anonymous | July 2, 2012 8:38 PM

Anderson Cooper didn't come out. He's been out for years, this was just one of the only times he has talked about it.

Posted by Anonymous | July 2, 2012 8:47 PM

Anderson Pooper.

Posted by Anonymous | July 2, 2012 8:53 PM

GG

Posted by Anonymous | July 2, 2012 8:54 PM

He just changed his name to Alice Anderson Cooper

Posted by Anonymous | July 2, 2012 9:12 PM

So that Goyte guy is gay & wants to become a health care news anchor.

Posted by Anonymous | July 3, 2012 2:05 AM

Surprise! The media sucks and is wrong more often than we will ever know!

Posted by Anonymous | July 3, 2012 2:09 AM

ER!

Posted by Anonymous | July 3, 2012 6:11 AM

luv gotye

Posted by Anonymous | July 3, 2012 9:00 AM

Oh I see what you did there!

Posted by Anonymous | July 3, 2012 9:48 AM

Cooper engages in goatse.

Posted by Anonymous | July 3, 2012 10:39 AM

6:11 + 8:54 + 6:11 = ??????

Posted by Anonymous | July 3, 2012 5:29 PM

^ = White boy living in Podunk, Iowa.

Posted by Anonymous | July 3, 2012 6:14 PM

Cooper engages in goatse.

Posted by teto | July 9, 2012 11:32 AM

what about obama

Posted by jordon | July 27, 2013 4:05 PM

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