Tidbits for Political Junkies with Short Attention Spans & Hearty Appetites


Tuesday, July 06, 2004


Great Moments in Journalism

The New York Post gets it utterly, completely wrong. The cover of this morning's print edition is almost entirely filled by the words "KERRY'S CHOICE" -- followed by this subhead: "Dem picks Gephardt as VP Candidate." Inside ("Exclusive -- Full Story: Page 4"):

Mo. Rep to get VP Nod

John Kerry has chosen Rep. Richard Gephardt, the veteran congressman from Missouri, to be his running mate, The Post has learned.

Here's the article on the on-line edition -- though who knows how long it will stay there. I had to rush out and get a couple of souvenir copies of the actual print, which far more graphically illustrates the magnitude of the error (complete with the requisite photo, in the lower right quadrant, of Kerry and Gep smiling at each other, and a little inset photo-bio, with wife Jane, accompanying the full article inside).

I'm betting that long before the day is out, we'll have a shot of actual (and much wiser) pick John Edwards, duplicating the Dewey-beats-Truman moment, holding up a copy of the paper and having a very good laugh at the Post's expense.

[UPDATES: Atrios has the screen shot; the goof itself makes news worldwide. Josh Marshall hits the right note: "not only did Kerry manage to make a solid VP pick he was able to take a bit of hide out of the behind of the Murdoch media empire."]


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