I did watch a bit too much CNN last night, and saw this on Piers Morgan's show. The 'story' came from some info the CNN weatherman had. Morgan repeated the claim about the stock exchange flooding many times over 45 mins or so, without couching it with the usual "reports suggest", "allegedly" type phrases. When it turned out to be false, he then went kinda nuts at the weatherman quizzing him about his source and verifcation. Without a hint of irony, this guy was calling into question someone else's fact checking of news. Incredible.
He also made a number of other remarks like, "if you own a beach hut, you'll be worried tonight", "things will take a while to get back to normal. Restaurants and Starbucks likely to be shut tomorrow", and "Donald Trump tweeted that the weight balance of the [dangling] crane is all wrong, and he knows a lot about cranes from his property empire". At least I managed to get all my hate out by screaming at the screen.
But overall, the coverage from CNN to a domestic audience seemed pretty poor. There was no sense of scale as they just flitted from one guy in a puddle to another, there was little in the way of packaged up reports giving summary info or details on emergency responses. It was all 'rolling' but it just didn't seem to tell much of a story as events unfolded.
From a pres point of view the screen was also full of cr*p. By the time you take into account all the time devoted to ad breaks, this made me see our own domestic news channels in a new light. They're far from perfect, but I'd take them over what I saw on CNN any time.
That said, I will be sitting up with Wolf and Anderson (and some hotdogs and Oreos) next Tuesday night.