The Press: The Tough One

In its first edition on election night, the New York Times, which had the most elaborate election-reporting machinery of any U.S. daily, headlined: HARRIMAN DEFEATS IVES FOR GOVERNOR. When Harriman's lead diminished, the Times recalled 80,000 copies of its first edition and chartered special planes to replace the out-of-town copies with a new edition. In successive editions, the Times tried to keep up with the results by running three different lead editorials. The first congratulated Harriman, who "has been elected." This was junked for a noncommittal substitute on the "sportsmanship" of elections. The final edition once more congratulated Harriman who "appears...

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