Hump Day Hilarity: Dewey Defeats Truman Déjà vu

Almost everyone has seen this famous photo of a newspaper headline from the 1948 election. Today, history repeated itself.


Dewey Defeats Truman” was an incorrect banner headline on the front page of the Chicago Daily Tribune on November 3, 1948, the day after incumbent United States President Harry S. Truman won an upset victory over Republican challenger and Governor of New York Thomas E. Dewey in the 1948 presidential election. It was famously held up by Truman at a public appearance following his successful election, smiling triumphantly at the error. -Wikipedia

History repeats itself via this German newspaper:


h/t to Pierre Gosselin


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November 9, 2016 5:25 pm

The most Hillary hilarity today is to watch the “analysts” double down on their loony-tunes Leftist beliefs while trying to figure out what happened.

Bill P.
Reply to  jorgekafkazar
November 9, 2016 5:44 pm

They’re not “trying to figure out what happened.” They’re trying to figure out how to tell YOU what happened so they stay in charge of the narrative.
When I was a kid I discovered the easiest way to solve those “maze” puzzles they put in the newspaper and kids’ magazines, was to start at “Finish” and work my way backward to “Start.”.
MSM are the exact same way. They start with the narrative, then trace backward till they can figure out a way to make their idiotic world-view work, no matter how convoluted.

Reply to  Bill P.
November 9, 2016 6:24 pm

Perfect observation!

Reply to  Bill P.
November 9, 2016 7:04 pm

Nicely put, Bill P! And concise.

Reply to  Bill P.
November 9, 2016 7:51 pm

I reckon they must have had trouble with their time zone clock..

Reply to  Bill P.
November 10, 2016 7:28 am

Politicians are like diapers.
They should be changed often.
And for the same reason.

John Silver
Reply to  vukcevic
November 10, 2016 5:17 am

Ton Heller is in Australia and found this:comment image:large

John Silver
Reply to  vukcevic
November 10, 2016 5:21 am

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John Silver
Reply to  vukcevic
November 10, 2016 5:26 am
Ben of Houston
Reply to  vukcevic
November 10, 2016 6:09 am

Well, in Newsweek’s case, they printed both covers. Just like all the major sports victory memorabilia. They make double and throw half away.

Reply to  jorgekafkazar
November 10, 2016 4:16 am

The Märkische Newspaper had a double picture Page: Half Clinton / half Trump. They were prepared for any case.comment image

Reply to  Johannes S. Herbst
November 10, 2016 6:39 am

That changes everything. In fact, I’d say that it’s quite clever.
Mr. Watts, I think you need to post an update with teh expanded picture.

Gunga Din
Reply to  Johannes S. Herbst
November 10, 2016 4:37 pm

As Will Rogers once said, “All I know is what I read in the papers.”….
(One of his kids later later clarified, …”but he never said he believed it.”.)

gary turner
November 9, 2016 5:26 pm

I heard on one news channel there’s was a magazine on the stands Tuesday night with a cover of Trump, a circle and cross bar over him and a caption, “Loser”.
Haven’t seen it yet but would like to.

gary turner
Reply to  gary turner
November 9, 2016 5:28 pm

//edit: there’s s/b there
(Any edit period at all would be appreciated)

gary turner
Reply to  gary turner
November 9, 2016 5:33 pm
NW sage
Reply to  gary turner
November 9, 2016 5:41 pm

Yes, I believe that is the one Mr Trump himself talked about last night.
I’m now waiting for a picture of Hillary where she famously said: “What difference, at this point, does it make?” in her testimony before congress regarding her failures about the Benghazi attack. The answer to her question of course is ‘THIS is the difference – YOU LOSE!’

November 9, 2016 5:28 pm

Seems that the political prognosticators were as accurate as climate models…

Reply to  Severian
November 9, 2016 5:29 pm

And for the same reason.

Reply to  Severian
November 9, 2016 6:46 pm

Yes and does the word “Potsdamer” above the headline have any relevance? It seems to ring a bell with respect to a famous German Instiute known as a prolific factory for failed predictions. I believe the term means a square or plaza in German, but in the climate world it simply means incompetent. Meanwhile in Canada I am listening to some of our national media report on the election in what they probably think is a very objective manner, when in fact it is all about highlighting what they feel is wrong or dangerous about Trump while ignoring the major concerns with the alternate.

John M. Ware
Reply to  andrewpattullo
November 9, 2016 7:11 pm

“Potsdamerplatz” is the name of a famous square or plaza in Potsdam, a city in Germany (and also the name of a well-known German chorale or hymn-tune). “Potsdamer” means “of Potsdam” and likely refers to the name of the newspaper.

Reply to  andrewpattullo
November 9, 2016 10:14 pm

Potsdam is a city in the province (“Land”) of Brandenburg (of which Berlin was the historic capital long before it was capital of a united Germany). The front page of the newspaper clearly describes it as “the daily paper of Brandenburg”. NO RELEVANCE

Reply to  andrewpattullo
November 10, 2016 2:18 am

Potsdamerplatz is a sqare in Berlin and has a huge Sony store in it.

Reply to  andrewpattullo
November 10, 2016 9:55 am

Tick notify box.

Reply to  Severian
November 9, 2016 7:23 pm

Seems that the political prognosticators were as accurate as climate models…

Here’s some unsolicited advice for the pollsters:

Add a question to your surveys about how much the respondent trusts the mass media. Then adjust the results for people who admit to not taking what they get from the media as undeniably true.

Nigel S
Reply to  Ralph Dave Westfall
November 9, 2016 11:21 pm

Potsdamer Platz is perhaps more famously in Berlin. I remember looking over ‘The Wall’ in 1971 to see the East German guards goose stepping in a scene of utter devastation left from 1945. The contrast to how it looks today has a pretty obvious lesson.

Reply to  Ralph Dave Westfall
November 9, 2016 11:39 pm

@ Nigel, gee that bloody capitalism is bad you know!

James Bull
Reply to  Severian
November 9, 2016 11:01 pm

We’re getting used to the same in the UK after “they” told us we would have a Labour gov at the last election and then that we’d vote to stay in Europe and it upset “them” greatly that we didn’t tow the line and do as we were told. Because of course “they” know best not us the great unenlightened.
James Bull

Reply to  James Bull
November 10, 2016 8:02 am

Where are you towing the line to?

November 9, 2016 5:32 pm

I find it curious how the left infinitely divides the public into this or that group requiring some kind of special consideration yet complains that any other approach is “divisive” Odd

Reply to  fossilsage
November 9, 2016 5:47 pm

I don’t see how they get away with saying blacks are too stupid to get a photo ID…..

Bill P.
Reply to  fossilsage
November 9, 2016 5:47 pm

For example, this was a “white-lash” according to Van Jones.
Did they ever use any term other than “historic” or “inspiring” in 2008?
White trash be like “gimme dat MAGA trucker hat…”

Reply to  Bill P.
November 9, 2016 5:51 pm
Reply to  Bill P.
November 9, 2016 5:56 pm

“Unprecedented” seemed to be popular. Oh wait…

Stephen Richards
Reply to  Bill P.
November 10, 2016 2:10 am

Funnier if he had took his hood off and walked to the camera

Reply to  Bill P.
November 10, 2016 3:06 am

Good one PiperPaul!

Reply to  Bill P.
November 10, 2016 9:07 am

If 60% of whites vote for the Republican, it’s racism.
If 90% of blacks vote for the Democrat it’s just social action.

Richard of NZ
Reply to  fossilsage
November 10, 2016 12:09 pm

Indeed, how did that speech from Martin Luthor King go, something about character, not physical characteristics, being the most important thing (paraphrased).
p.s. I remember when Mr. Trump made a comment regarding a judge along the lines of “he’s Mexican”. I have noticed that it is common for Americans (at least in media reporting) to relate closely with their ancestral origins. This manifests in 10th, say, generation Americans calling themselves e.g. “Dutch” when they are definitely not and this is amplified when there is a fine breakdown of the populace at election times, we see Latino-Americans, Cuban-Americans, African-Americans etc. etc. etc. instead of Americans singular. What happened to the American melting pot.

Reply to  Richard of NZ
November 10, 2016 1:07 pm

+1 There should be no hyphenated Americans. It’s part of a strategy to divide and conquer and the MSM promotes it just like they promote CAGW.

Reply to  Richard of NZ
November 10, 2016 1:10 pm

Beware the mass media lens . . I wouldn’t recognize what it projects as the country I’ve lived in my whole life, if they didn’t say the name occasionally . .

Gunga Din
Reply to  Richard of NZ
November 10, 2016 5:00 pm

“What happened to the American melting pot.”
The bottom fell out when “The Race Card” became more important than the “We The People” card.

Reply to  Richard of NZ
November 11, 2016 6:14 am

He should have said “He’s La Raza”. Which the judge is. La Raza (means the race) is a racist group on par with the KKK and BLM. And is just as ignorant (it wants the old Aztec empire to extend into the American southwest – a place it never existed).

November 9, 2016 5:38 pm

“Seems that the political prognosticators were as accurate as climate models…” Same MSM same propaganda. Tell the lies and suppress the truth long enough and people will believe them. Anyone that thinks the pollsters just made errors is naive. The whole UN/AGW cabal will be exposed and they know it but there’s no where to hide. The MSM under Trump is already under fire and they’ll need to protect themselves through appeasement.

Pop Piasa
Reply to  markl
November 9, 2016 6:17 pm

I’ve already seen a rather red-faced reversal of the media assassination of “Trump the candidate” here on St. Louis MO tele news.

Pop Piasa
Reply to  Pop Piasa
November 9, 2016 6:21 pm

I think this election was an indicator of how many Americans are hypnotized by the media. Thankfully, still not the majority.

Barbara Skolaut
November 9, 2016 5:42 pm

Heh. Suck it, MSM.

November 9, 2016 5:44 pm

Nope…this one was not a repeat of anything
This was monumental…and the largest political coup ever in this country…one of the largest ever in the world
Every entity tried to rig this election….all over the world
Media, news, mags, movies, TV shows….tried to rig it
Universities/schools…tried to rig it
Soros, Kock, etc……tried to rig it
Banks, insurance, etc….tried to rig it
Governments, EU, etc….tried to rig it
Our own government, FBI, DOJ, EPA, IRS, Judges, etc…..tried to rig it
People were paid to riot, demonstrate……tried to rig it
Polls…..tried to rig it
No voting machine in this country had to be “re-calibrated” because it changed a vote from democrat to republican……tried to rig it
Illegals voted, and were encouraged by our president to vote…..tried to rig it
Dead people were bused all over to vote…tried to rig it
….and on and on
Colossal, monumental…..but not a repeat…this was a one of a kind

Reply to  Latitude
November 9, 2016 6:12 pm

Wall Street….tried to rig it
Every political party, Democrat, Communist, Republican…..tried to rig it
Every left over hippy green organization….tried to rig it
Every Black organization….tried to rig it

Pop Piasa
Reply to  Latitude
November 9, 2016 6:38 pm

Well, I’m not sure about rigging, but the unions were supporting her and the “rank & file” was not necessarily behind them like they’d hoped.

T. Fry
November 9, 2016 5:45 pm
November 9, 2016 5:58 pm

Apparently, Newsweek got suckered by the polls and had Hillary Clinton issue too.

Reply to  Neo
November 10, 2016 9:08 am

Newsweek always does both covers and ships the correct one as soon as the election is called. So they can hit the newstands the next day.

Mike Murphy
November 9, 2016 6:07 pm

Here’s one of the sites on the Newsweek Cover of President Clintion. They figured she was a shoo-in so printed out her cover ahead of time. Oops. As usual, Snopes tries to minimize the pre-production.

Pop Piasa
Reply to  Mike Murphy
November 9, 2016 6:51 pm

Yes, if there was a Trump version, why is it not shown?

Pop Piasa
Reply to  Pop Piasa
November 9, 2016 6:54 pm

Hard to swallow that a cover has to be printed before the articles given the current technology.

Reply to  Pop Piasa
November 9, 2016 7:25 pm

But the Snopes article shows the Trump cover – did you not review it before porting your comment?

Reply to  Pop Piasa
November 10, 2016 9:10 am

Pop, they do both the cover and the article. The Hillary one has an article about a Hillary win and the Trump one has an article about the Trump win.
They have both ready before hand so that they can hit the stands the next morning.

Reply to  Mike Murphy
November 9, 2016 8:51 pm

Cover – yes, you do design the cover ahead of time, even with modern tech, it takes time to get the color separations done right (especially for a “gloss” media).
However… They also had the contents printed, for the Clinton edition – and not the Trump version.
No, not collusion with the Clinton campaign, I believe.
Just typical New York Publishing Elite Gods.
(And they just blew a bundle doing this – which just might, if we are lucky, finally sink at least one propaganda outlet for the Left.)

November 9, 2016 6:28 pm

There will be no goosestepping today.

Pop Piasa
Reply to  Logoswrench
November 9, 2016 6:42 pm

…But somebody might get fired.

Reply to  Logoswrench
November 10, 2016 1:34 am

Hopefully Hillary’s goose will be cooked.

Mike McMillan
Reply to  phaedo
November 10, 2016 8:31 am

Thank you Chef Donald.!.jpg

November 9, 2016 6:29 pm

Yes I believed the polls, as said above, the predictive models were bad.
Were Trump to lose I was waiting for headlines saying.
‘Your Fired’.
Perhaps that epithet could be applied to the loser.

Eugene WR Gallun
November 9, 2016 7:08 pm

This is the second stanza from Lord Byron’s — The Destruction Of Sennacherib
Like the leaves of the forest when Summer is green
That host with their banners at sunset were seen
Like the leaves of the forest when Autumn hath blown
That host on the morrow lay withered and strown

November 9, 2016 7:18 pm

I heard some of the smug, insulting remarks by the usual leftist comedians. They speak of the American people in such a demeaning manner. And, as usual, obsessed with sex and “clever” potty mouth remarks.
I wonder how many of them even know this short poem:
“The Moving Finger writes; and, having writ,
Moves on: nor all thy Piety nor Wit
Shall lure it back to cancel half a Line,
Nor all thy Tears wash out a Word of it.”
They are such ignorant, mean, and despicable people.
And they wonder why we hate them.

Nigel S
Reply to  joel
November 9, 2016 11:29 pm

The hand that mocked them, and the heart that fed;
And on the pedestal, these words appear:
My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings;
Look on my Works, ye Mighty, and despair!
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal Wreck, boundless and bare
The lone and level sands stretch far away.
Part of one of my favourites.

Reply to  joel
November 10, 2016 9:14 am

It wasn’t all that long ago that comedians could have entire audiences rolling in the aisles without using a single naughty word and without insulting anyone.
Today’s so called comedians are nothing more than shock jocks, getting easy laughs out of audiences they are sure will agree with them regarding who it is safe to hate.
Listen to Bill Cosby’s dentist routine.

Reply to  MarkW
November 10, 2016 12:01 pm

Or his Noah routine
Or his buck-buck routine
Or his chocolate cake routine
Or his ……
I’m so sad the man had to go and disgrace himself as he approaches the end of his life.

Reply to  TomB
November 11, 2016 6:10 am

Or his sports car routine – I am in complete agreement with you.

Reply to  MarkW
November 11, 2016 3:13 pm

A favourite of mine
“Dogs bark, but the caravan moves on “

November 9, 2016 7:24 pm

Looks like a case of somebody counting their chickens before they came home to roost….
FYI, the railroad car that President Truman was photographed on is the “Ferdinand Magellan” a special Pullman Car modified for exclusive service for POTUS FDR in the 1930’s.
As extreme armored car an there ever was one, they put multiple lengths of railroad rail in the floor and encased them in concrete. It has 3″ thick bullet proof windows and escape hatches in the roof above FDR’s bathroom to extract the POTUS if there was an accident. A monster car with a weight of 285,000 pounds, the heaviest railroad passenger car ever in the USA.
It is a US National Historic Landmark and is preserved in Miami. It was the “Air Force One” of it’s day.
As a climate related factoid several people rode out Hurricane Andrew inside this car and survived unscathed as the hurricane passed just about directly overhead.
Cheers, Kevin.

November 9, 2016 7:26 pm

“Reagan doesn’t have that presidential look.” – United Artists executive after rejecting Reagan as lead in the 1964 film The Best Man×360.jpg

November 9, 2016 7:31 pm

Slight edit;
“As extreme armored car an there ever was one”
reads better as
“As extreme an armored car as there ever was”

November 9, 2016 7:45 pm

Today’s headline (not)

Eugene WR Gallun
Reply to  Jon
November 9, 2016 10:41 pm

Jon —
YOUR HIRED! Perfect!!! — since we know all their little minds were planning on the headline “Your fired!”
Eugene WR Gallun

November 9, 2016 8:48 pm

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Reply to  Dennis Kuzara
November 9, 2016 8:51 pm

I’ll take Door Number 1

Eugene WR Gallun
Reply to  KevinK
November 9, 2016 10:42 pm

KevinK — Fell on floor laughing! — Eugene WR Gallun

Reply to  KevinK
November 9, 2016 11:46 pm

Kevin, + many LOL!!

Richard G
Reply to  Dennis Kuzara
November 9, 2016 9:37 pm

Yes but that was just the cover layout. Only the Clinton one was printed and shipped.

November 9, 2016 8:54 pm

I want a picture of Trump holding up the Newsweek magazine!!!!

November 9, 2016 8:55 pm

A national recall went out Wednesday for the special “Madame President” issue of Newsweek that was prematurely shipped to stores and newsstands across the country.
At the same time, the publisher of the magazine will rush the “President Trump” version of the commemorative issue to press on Thursday — so it will get to stores next week.
“Like everybody else, we got it wrong,” said Tony Romando, CEO of Topix Media, the Newsweek partner which produces special issues under the popular brand.
Romando claims only 17 Clinton magazines were sold — out of 125,000 printed and shipped.

Reply to  Dennis Kuzara
November 9, 2016 11:50 pm

Darn I wish I had one!!

Reply to  asybot
November 10, 2016 6:05 am

“Darn I wish I had one!!”
Me too, I know exactly who I’d send it to.
Thankfully, I don’t think I would have survived 4 years of her voice.

Robert from oz
November 9, 2016 9:24 pm

I congratulate my American friends on their victory and yes even as an Aussie I knew Trump would win , bad polls bad media reviews were an obvious stooge and they missed the obvious which was the lack of Clinton signs on front lawns (among others).
I notice our politicians here in oz saying the same thing couldn’t happen here ( a reference to Pauline Hanson) but again they mis the obvious , us plebs are sick of our mainstream political parties and Pauline is our Trump .

Reply to  Robert from oz
November 10, 2016 12:13 pm

I think you nailed it. I work in DC, so I swim in an unrelenting sea of liberals. But on weekends riding the motorcycle in the rural areas outside the liberal safe zones – Trump signs everywhere. Western Maryland, Eastern Maryland, Western Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania – all covered with Trump signs. The media never bothered to leave their echo chamber safe zones so never got a feel for how the rest of the country was trending. But if you never spend any time talking to anyone other than like minded people, then – yes – this result would have come as a complete surprise. I, however, was not (well, maybe a little).

Reply to  TomB
November 10, 2016 4:34 pm

Yep. Remember that New Yorker commenting on the 1972 election? I expected a Dewey Wins moment, for the same reason that it happened the first time. Sampling bias compounded with confirmation bias.

November 10, 2016 1:54 am

You know what I’m waiting for? Just a bit before the election Michael Moore did something surprising and at least partly understood why trump was doing well. In doing so, he said something somewhat positive about people considered to be on the political “right”.
As many of us here know from experience, taking a stand on something like that is…well darned near heresy to the left. Is it possible that a media darling like Moore might be ejected by the left and forced to face the stark reality of…well…reality outside of that echo chamber?

November 10, 2016 5:52 am

“Think of it as of the evolution in action,” Larry Niven used to say.
The only way to really understand history is from the evolutionary perspective.
We don’t wear “diversity” on our skins, we keep it inside our heads.

November 10, 2016 5:56 am

I understand that TIme also had to destroy a lot of covers as it had the same cover as the Germans. The difference is they had time to do it. And the foresight to wait.

November 10, 2016 7:22 am

CNN will not admit defeat.

November 10, 2016 9:01 am
November 10, 2016 12:24 pm

One of the things I’ve been predicting for months was that, after a Trump win (should such an unforeseeable event take place) that there would be a lot of Democrat Senators and Representatives that would suddenly re-discover the Constitution.
Low and behold, this morning I’m watching Barbara Mikulski congratulating Chris Van Hollen on winning her vacant Senate seat and advising him to call the President Elect and remind him that Congress is a co-equal branch of government.
I’m vindicated in less than 24 hours.

Pop Piasa
November 10, 2016 6:41 pm

I say “turnabouts is fair play”. Here’s hoping The Donald’s first executive order is the recall of Bark O’bummer’ Executive orders.

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