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The Supreme Court Journalist Foot Race

After the Supreme Court’s ruling yesterday in the healthcare case upholding the individual mandate tax, reporters — apparently devoid of any modern technology capable of transmitting information at the speed of light — were forced to deliver the news 18th century-style, at the speed of their feet. NPR has a few funny photos of reporters dashing off to inform the public.

Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images via NPR



Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images via NPR



Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images via NPR



Mark Wilson/Getty Images via NPR


Bloomberg apparently won the race, as they were the first to report the decision correctly — CNN and Fox News both initially reported that the mandate was struck down, apparently because they stopped reading on page 2 of the ruling; this resulted in someone making the parody below, of the infamous 1948 election photo of Truman holding The Chicago Tribune, which wrongly reported that Dewy defeated him. Bloomberg beat Reuters and AP by only a few seconds, most likely because they have an association with SCOTUSblog, whose tight operation probably helped improve their speed.


Truman, holding the paper, in reality defeated Dewey


From NPR