Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Dewey Defeats Truman!

We already knew that the media was playing an unprecendented role this election season. They serve as the public relations arm of the Obama campaign; downplaying his radical connections, playing the race card whenever possible, placing aspects of his history "off-limits," downplaying his inexperience while obsessing over Sarah Palin's, etc.

But I didn't think they'd be literally declaring the winner of their own accord:

"OBAMA WINS!" Newspaper Declares

SANTA FE, New Mexico (CNN) – For The New Mexico Sun News it is either a major scoop or “Dewey Beats Truman” déjà vu 60 years later.

“Obama Wins!” is the headline of the edition on newsstands now, complete with “special collector’s edition” in red bold typeface.

The Sun News is a bi-monthly newspaper and its Oct 26-Nov 8 issue had to hit the streets, and the newsstands, before the election. So the editors decided to make a leap of faith and declare Democrat Barack Obama the winner.

In an article explaining their choice, the editors unabashedly wrote, “When it comes to calling the winner of a presidential election, everyone wants to be first. The New Mexico Sun News hereby claims that achievement.”

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