CBS News scoops Postal Service’s big announcement about Saturday delivery

CBS News reported on the U.S. Postal Service’s announcement to cut Saturday service before the organization’s scheduled press conference. Social media was abuzz, and the USPS stayed quiet for a while. 

The United States Postal Service was planning a big announcement this morning at 10 a.m. ET—but CBS News broke it first.

According to a report on CBS’s “This Morning,” the USPS plans to kill Saturday delivery service, a controversial move, in part, because congress has bristled at OK-ing the measure and the USPS needs lawmakers’ approval. Media reports have not said how USPS plans to confront the issue in congress.

The Postal Service had planned to fire off a press release at 10 a.m. ET when a press conference on the subject was scheduled to start.

In an email, a media rep for USPS told PR Daily: “We did not provide any media materials for release prior to today’s press conference.”

The official press release appeared on the USPS online newsroom shortly before 11 a.m. ET. It tweeted a link to the press release and posted a splashier announcement on its Facebook page.

However, for at least an hour this morning, the USPS was silent on social media as Twitter buzzed about the CBS News report.

There was nothing about the Saturday deliver decision on the USPS Facebook page either, but that didn’t stopped people for commenting on the move. For instance:

“I’m sorry to bring this up, but I am VERY concerned about the loss of postal service on Sat!!!! This cannot be allowed to happen…that’s 52 days a year that will be lost along with, I’m sure, a lot of actual MAIL.”

The USPS plans to end Saturday delivery by August. The cash-strapped organization said the move will save $2 billion annually.

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