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Humpday History Highlight

By Wyatt Earp | November 3, 2010

November 3, 1948 – Newspaper mistakenly declares Dewey president

Many of America’s major newspapers had predicted a Dewey victory early on in the campaign. A New York Times article editorialized that “if Truman is nominated, he will be forced to wage the loneliest campaign in recent history.” Perhaps not surprisingly then, Truman chose not to use the press as a vehicle for getting his message across. Instead, in July 1948, he embarked on an ambitious 22,000-mile “whistle stop” railroad and automobile campaign tour. His eventual success in the election of 1948 has been largely attributed to this direct interaction with the public and his appeal to the common voters as the political “underdog.”

In a now famous photograph snapped in the early morning hours after the election, a beaming and bemused Truman is shown holding aloft the Chicago Tribune issue that had wrongly predicted his political downfall. Truman defeated Dewey by 114 electoral votes.

And that was the last time a newspaper got a story wrong. Heh.

Topics: HHH | 6 Comments »

6 Responses to “Humpday History Highlight”

  1. Robert B. Says:
    November 3rd, 2010 at 8:10 pm

    A pity the current crop of democrats are a far cry from the calibre of Truman and JFK. This bunch of congresscritters have less integrity in thier combined bodies than in a fingernail clipping from Truman and John Kennedy. Although I am too young to remember Truman, I remember quite well The day JFK was inaugurated. And I remember his words that challenged the nation: “Ask not, what your country can do for you. Ask waht you can do for your country.”

    As I miss GWB, I also miss the men of stature that used to be in the democrat party.

  2. Old NFO Says:
    November 3rd, 2010 at 8:54 pm

    Um… yeah, right… newspaper (aka fishwrap) get a story right in this day and age? I don’t frikkin think so!

  3. Rick Says:
    November 3rd, 2010 at 9:05 pm

    Old NFO no way i would warp a fish in a paper.
    A bird cage liner at best.

  4. Ferrell Gummitt Says:
    November 4th, 2010 at 1:26 am

    Today Headline Mistake: “Democrats take every seat in the House and the Senate. Michael Steele on Suicide Watch.”

    Having listened to the Obama Press Conference today I will say it sounds he is doubling down on the Stalinism. The adminstration had it’s collective teeth kicked last night and it sounds like Obama is calling out his Czar Minions to continue to rape the people of their rights and turn the Government into Skynet.

    Much more work to be done here folks. Much More.

  5. Wyatt Earp Says:
    November 4th, 2010 at 8:35 am

    Robert B. – Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi are no Truman and JFK, that’s for sure.

    Old NFO – The next time would be the first time.

    Rick – Or a fire starter.

    Ferrell – And again, that’s the best thing to happen to us for 2012. Let him hold on to his policies.

  6. Dr. Evil Says:
    November 4th, 2010 at 1:05 pm

    Still reminded of the infamous Bush-Gore voting scandal. One paper the next day simply wrote: “Nader Loses”