The Press: Study of a Failure

Never had the U.S. press been so wrong on the outcome of a national election. Partisanship was not the answer, though 65% of the press had supported Tom Dewey (see below). Many of the newspapers, columnists and newsmen who had supported President Truman had been just as wrong. The press had compiled an anthology of error that it should not forget. Some of the dreadful examples:

¶ "Few voters believed that there would be any contest on Election Day ... When [Harry Truman] damned the 80th Congress and the Taft-Hartley law, nobody seemed really to care or to listen" (TIME, Nov. 1).

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