'Dewey Defeats Truman' incident in California State Senate election
Thursday, June 10, 2010
|"A new story has now been posted, without a trace of the incorrect report or a correction."|
Candidate Republican Party primary for the California being vacated by politician Senate Minority Leader Dennis Hollingsworth, on Tuesday. With 100 percent of the election precincts reporting, Anderson won over 45 percent of the total votes cast in the Republican primary., a member of the , won the
However, The Valley News, a news publication based in, California, mistakenly reported that Anderson's opponent, Jeff Stone, had won the Republican primary. The Valley News later deleted its own article and reposted a new one with the correct information about the election results, without .
California political journalistreported that the mistake was due to the publisher of The Valley News only having examined the election results for Riverside, and not the entire election district. The Republican primary won by Anderson encompasses an election district, which includes both , and .
Jantz noted, "A new story has now been posted, without a trace of the incorrect report or a correction." He referred to the erroneous article subsequently deleted by the Valley Press as, "the story that was...and wasn't...and now never existed". The San Diego County publication, East County Magazine, commented on the incident, and characterized it as "an error reminiscent of the infamous 'Dewey Defeats Truman' headline."
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Should The Valley News have printed a correction?
Anderson will be the Republican Party candidate in the November general election for California State Senate. His opponent will be Paul Clay, a Democrat and teacher based in Riverside County. The district primarily consists of registered Republicans.
- "Anderson wins - or was it Stone?" — , June 9, 2010
- Barry Jantz. "Valley News: Jeff Stone defeats Joel Anderson" — , June 9, 2010
- Michele Clock. "Anderson wins state Senate Republican primary" — , June 9, 2010
- CBS. "Open Legislative Seats Provide Measure Of Drama" — , June 9, 2010
- "Anderson wins handily in 36th State Senator GOP Primary" — , June 8, 2010
- "Anderson leads Supervisor Stone for 36th Senate race" — , June 9, 2010 (subsequent story, in The Valley News)
- "Supervisor Stone declared winner in 36th Senate race" — , June 9, 2010 (the erroneous headline and link to article, which now leads to notice of unavailability)