I have read a lot of statements like this lately:
“CNN are reporting…”
“The Free Software Foundation are encouraging…”
Slashdot is a terrible offender, but I’ve been seeing it elsewhere as well.
So what’s wrong with this? CNN is an organization. Singular. The correct construction is “CNN is reporting…” Your subject is singular, so your verb should be singular as well.
“The employees of CNN are reporting” is also correct.
I are annoyed each time I read something like this. Is you annoyed too?