They've since rectified the the problem, but I thought it prudent to inform the world that, by recent evidence, CNN doesn't consider literacy a requisite skill to be a journalist:
I took the screen capture yesterday afternoon. By this morning, the error had been fixed, but I still felt the need to post this because 1) I'm an English major, which might be sad, but it means I've no tolerance for English-speaking people who can't speak English, and 2) the fact it made it past CNN proofreaders means the author isn't the only guilty party. It's bad enough someone actually used "they's" in a news article in the first place, since there is positively no way to call it a typo. But for the article to go live on the 'net indicates that either CNN doesn't proof stories before they are posted – something that is widely regarded as a bad move – or they have more than one moron working for them.
Sure, I could try to convince myself it was a ready problem of our fast-paced, first-to-web society and that the CNN journalists are perfectly intelligent people who are simply overworked.
But I, too, am overworked and yet I noticed it right off. And while that was probably because I have such a close relationship with the English language, I don't think it's unreasonable to expect writers for one of the world's biggest news sources to have the same (if not better) understanding of English than I do.
And people wonder why I'm so cynical…