“Citizen journalism” apparently just failed its first significant test. A CNN iReport poster reported this morning that Steve Jobs had been rushed to the ER after a severe heart attack (story and screenshot below). Fortunately, it appears the story was false. We contacted an Apple spokeswoman, who categorically denied it.
CNN’s iReport kept the report up until at least 10:15 AM, about 20 minutes after we published Apple’s denial. The story has since been removed.
Uh, CNN? Leave the blogging to the professionals. Obviously you guys aren’t set up to properly handle fast-breaking news.