The most infamous incorrect call in electoral history was "Dewey Defeats Truman," every publisher's nightmare. The off-target experts left no room for doubt: Gov. Thomas Dewey was going to quash President Harry S. Truman and the Chicago Tribune was going to be the first to report it.

Even though the editors thought of Dewey as some kind of "nincompoop," the paper was drawn into the polls by the false sense of security that persistently predicted a Dewey victory. That was November 2, 1948.

For months before the 2020 presidential election, we were assured that Joe Biden had a comfortable lead in states where he really wasn't out in front, but the media perpetuated Biden's head trip nonetheless. They did so because most of the media hates Donald Trump, and that's voter suppression. They tried crippling him with everything from Adam Schiff, three years of bogus Russian connections, an unyielding impeachment, Stormy, the Wall, Mueller, and a non-stop barrage of anything that sticks to the wall.

That kind of firmly-fixed, deep-rooted, intense animosity for the president is only paralleled by the miraculous 3 a.m. sudden appearance of 100,000 straight ballot tickets. Every one of them supporting only Biden, and not one with a vote for Trump or Howard Hawkins. Think about those odds; and then, unexpectedly finding an additional 36,000 more ballots in Detroit (Editor's note: mail-in and early ballot votes are often entered in large swaths, and it has been widely debunked that these "ballot dumps" are a work of voter fraud).

I think I've found the second most infamous headline in political history.

Phil Paleologos is the host of The Phil Paleologos Show on 1420 WBSM New Bedford. He can be heard weekdays from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. Contact him at and follow him on Twitter @PhilPaleologos. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.

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