WAFB apologizes for prematurely calling CATS tax wrong on Saturday
One of the first local news alerts to go out on Saturday after the polls closed on the controversial property tax proposal for the Capital Area Transit System came from WAFB Channel 9. It said the CATS tax was projected to fail, and it spread like wildfire on Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites. While the tally at the time of the news release was indeed tilted toward the tax failing, it ultimately ended up passing in Baton Rouge and Baker, while it failed in Zachary. "When our political team projected the CATS vote would fail, 71 of 185 precincts (38%) were reporting. At that time, the numbers stood at 65% 'no' and just 35% 'yes,' " reads a statement the news channel provided to Daily Report on Monday. "It turns out those early numbers were deceiving and the vote dramatically shifted as more precincts came in." WAFB says it corrected the initial report by the time of its 10 p.m. newscast, and also texted a correction to everyone who had received an incorrect news alert. "We pride ourselves on our extensive record of accurate political reporting and projections," the station's statement concludes. "We apologize for the mistake and are dedicated to doing better in the future."
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