CNN Points Insane Correction: ProBar vs. Crowbar

If you’re reading Thursday’s CNN article, “How a Quick Impeachment Was Born Under Siege,” you may scratch your head in confusion as you read the second paragraph:

California MP Ted Lieu was forced to vacate his office in the Cannon Office Building when insurgents gathered at the Capitol. Lieu grabbed a ProBar energy bar in his office and said he and his chief of staff called top aide to Rhode Island Rep. David Cicilline as they were walking through the halls and asked if they could be in Cicilline’s office at Rayburn House -Office building could settle.

Huh? Why should Ted Lieu wear a ProBar energy bar? Does it have a special power to hold back rioters?

Well, the answer to that bizarre mention is revealed at the end of the story in what is perhaps the funniest fix of all time:

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that Rep. Ted Lieu grabbed a crowbar before leaving his office. He grabbed a ProBar energy bar.

Ah! That is why we have the ProBar energy bar in history. To correct the perception that Lieu pulled out a crowbar that someone obviously heard wrong.

Of course, such a correction could not escape widespread ridicule:


Did someone dictate this story over the phone like in old movies? “Hold the front cover! Now take that down … casually chew on his pro bar while he walks – what? No, that’s PRO, P, R, O.”

– Ruth Ware (@RuthWareWriter) January 14, 2021

There was also this observation by the Vice President of the Media Research Center, Dan Gainor: “Notice how the original of this ridiculous story portrays Rep. Lieu as a hero with a crowbar, not how the corrected version describes a man who is calm enough to be him packs. ” an ‘organic energy chew’ “

Now that CNN corrected the story that Lieu pulled out a ProBar instead of a crowbar, shouldn’t they, in the interests of full journalism, reveal whether the energy bar is strawberry or cran raspberry when correcting the story?

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