Obama’s ‘Dewey Beats Truman’ Headline

Obama holds up "MANDATE STRUCK DOWN" headline from CNN in "DEWEY BEATS TRUMAN" photoshop

So, this is making the rounds:

 

For those of you who aren’t news junkies, CNN did in fact run that headline, which was re-tweeted around the world like crazy for, oh, three minutes before the correct ruling came out and confused everyone.

I fully get the desire to be first, even by a couple of minutes. But it’s better to get it right.

FILED UNDER: Humor, Media, Quick Takes
James Joyner
About James Joyner
James Joyner is Professor and Department Head of Security Studies at Marine Corps University's Command and Staff College and a nonresident senior fellow at the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security at the Atlantic Council. He's a former Army officer and Desert Storm vet. Views expressed here are his own. Follow James on Twitter @DrJJoyner.

Comments

  1. Franklin says:

    Apparently Fox News did the same, but I don’t have a screenshot.

    http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogstv/54395315-63/cnn-fox-news-obamacare.html.csp

  2. anjin-san says:

    Fox had a huge “NoBama Care” banner running this morning.

  3. Franklin says:

    Here’s the Fox News shot:

    http://twitpic.com/a1hl4a

  4. Kit Smith says:

    In CNN’s defense (and I’m not normally one to defend them), the on-the-scene anchor stated, “…the Individual Mandate is not a valid mandate of the Commerce Clause,” which was entirely accurate… and then promptly speculated that it seemed like that meant the mandate was being struck down. Enter Wolf Blitzer with all of the intellectual firepower he was showing on his Jeopardy appearance immediately removing all of the hedges of “it appears” or “seems to be” and the like and stating as fact that the mandate had been struck down.

  5. Franklin says:

    @Kit Smith:

    Enter Wolf Blitzer with all of the intellectual firepower he was showing on his Jeopardy appearance …

    He’s one of those guys that the saying “better to keep silent and be assumed a fool then open it and remove all doubt” was made for. I respected him more when he was just a very dry newsman.