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Dewey Defeats Truman; Losnick Defeats Knight

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 1:42 am

As I told you Wednesday, the L.A. Times recently reported that their preferred candidate, Debra Losnick, had defeated my friend Shannon Knight for a spot on the Los Angeles Superior Court. Just one problem: they got it backwards.


Election results: In the June 5 LATExtra section, the election results for Los Angeles County Superior Court judge reversed the totals for Office No. 54. Shannon L. Knight won the seat with 294,598 votes over Debra L. Losnick, with 192,975 votes.


My friend Dustin was kind enough to provide a Photoshop to commemorate the occasion. Here it is:


Excellent work, Dustin. And thanks to Andrew Gross for the idea.

30 Responses to “Dewey Defeats Truman; Losnick Defeats Knight”

  1. That Photoshop is absolute gold.

    Patterico (9c670f)

  2. Man, that paper. Always something with those schmucks.

    Dustin (32627e)

  3. Good Job, Dana!

    I especially like the font you used for the appropriate and obligatory “Los Angeles Dog Trainer” title.

    Steve57 (61329d)

  4. That’s attention to detail.

    Steve57 (61329d)

  5. Back when I had time on my hands, I would participate in Photoshop contests on It’s probably been a year since I opened the program. Photoshop is fun, but I don’t have the creativity some show with it. Nowadays we take it for granted that an image can be fabricated easily, but I remember how amazing it was when I first saw that sort of thing.

    Dustin (32627e)

  6. A real picture, with an enlargement of the key portion of a real article, might be somethinbg to consider doing, and would be a keepsake.

    Sammy Finkelman (8ab807)

  7. Layers of editors cannot compete with online blogs.

    AZ Bob (533fbc)

  8. Cool. Love it.

    gary gulrud (46ca75)

  9. on the rss feed you have the original shot with Truman and explain who he is … it saddens me to know that this would be needed today. I know plenty of people who are not going to get this reference or would not recognize the original photo.
    Our public schools at work (as displayed by the lack of quality at the Times)

    JP Kalishek (78ae0c)

  10. Sigh. JP, can you tell me the origin of “the die is cast” without Googling? Public schools are supposed to provide education. Erudition you get on your own — and I wouldn’t consider “Dewey beats Truman” particularly erudite, more like trivia. Now, that Dewey was a crusading prosecutor who, among other accomplishments, put away Lucky Luciano — that’s erudite.

    nk (dbc370)

  11. NK, did you see the rss version?
    Knowing who Truman is and oh yeah, he won the election the paper he holds is declaring an incorrect winner of to be something … um … oh yeah, President of the USA should not need a disclaimer added to it. Recent presidential elections like that are not trivial. I’ve made allusions in discussions, to Dewey Defeats Truman and got back blank stares from people … supposedly well educated people, but as the die is cast we seem to be heading for the commonly thought craps shooting interpretation rather than the metal working one. Trivia is knowing it isn’t a gambling saying. Like knowing Balls Out, or Balls to the Wall refer to steam power, or knowing the origin of any number of other common sayings is trivia.
    Knowing Harry Truman was President due to FDR passing away and then winning the next election in which the famous picture and wrong headline occurred is simple history that used to be actually taught in grade school with more depth coming in High School. I guess Truman wasn’t left wing enough to make hero status to be pushed these days in the classrooms.But then they sometimes teach that Lincoln was a Democrat, so I guess I should not be surprised.

    JP Kalishek (78ae0c)

  12. I thought it was what Julius Caesar said when he crossed the Rubicon, myself, “alea jacta est”, and alea is the gambling die. 😉

    Alright. I’ll be happy if the nineteen-year olds have learned how to read by the time the school must graduate them.

    nk (dbc370)

  13. Isn’t that in Shakespeare’s play about Julius Caesar?

    Or is that only the Ides of March?

    “Die” is an anagram of “Ide” anyway.

    Sammy Finkelman (8ab807)

  14. No, Sammy.

    And the Ides of March (March 15) would have been analogous to Yom Kippur in the Roman calendar; it was the ending of the religious Roman New Year’s celebrations; with the added poignancy that Julius Caesar was Pontifex Maximus, the head of all the state religions. No relation to die.

    nk (dbc370)

  15. So “the die was cast” when he “crossed the Rubicon?”

    Sammy Finkelman (ebcaa1)

  16. JP,

    Yeah, I initially explained the joke — “for the youngsters” — but didn’t like the way it looked when it was published. It’s funnier without the explanation, so those who don’t get it…are just going to have to do some extra work (the headline has the hint) or else be lost.

    Such is life.

    Patterico (9c670f)

  17. The second part of the saying is “and it cannot be recalled”. What you’ve rolled is what you play.

    nk (dbc370)

  18. Good Job, Dana!

    I especially like the font you used for the appropriate and obligatory “Los Angeles Dog Trainer”

    That’s attention to detail.

    It’s Dustin’s Photoshop, not Dana’s.

    Speaking of attention to detail — has anyone noticed the tiny nugget on the right side of the paper? Dustin called it an “Easter egg” in his email to me. I feel the need to point it out because I had missed it myself.

    Patterico (9c670f)

  19. if i blow it up enough to see the “nugget”, it’s too blurry to read…

    looks like it says something about Patterico, but that’s just a SWAG.

    redc1c4 (abd49e)

  20. I can’t get it in resolution high enough to read Dustin’s Easter Egg, but I am guessing it has something to do with your endorsements overcoming theirs.

    JVW (feb406)

  21. It’s in the original, too. Only the middle finger of Truman’s hand is showing.

    nk (dbc370)

  22. And I do see PATTERICO in the blurb but I can’t make out the second line, either. Is it “gives finger”?

    nk (dbc370)

  23. Obviously fake. Who would ever believe the L.A. Dog Trainer would have an American flag as part of its front-page logo?

    gwjd (032bef)

  24. Dustin can tell us if it’s anything more than simply the name “Patterico” being in the newspaper. That’s all I got out of it.

    Patterico (9c670f)

  25. Oh. I didn’t realize it was that hard to catch the joke. I copied the PATTERICO: Public Enemy #1 clip from the blog’s banner to be a story on the front page.

    Unfortunately, everything has to be blurry or it doesn’t look right.

    Dustin (7f67e8)

  26. Great job Dustin!

    daleyrocks (bf33e9)

  27. Sorry about my attention to detail, Dustin.

    Steve57 (61329d)

  28. Thomas Dewey was a RINO !!!!
    Or something.

    Elephant Stone (8a93a2)

  29. Bergdahl was for America defeating jihadis, before he became one.

    Elephant Stone (8a93a2)

  30. Dustin,

    Did you really have to sneak in a little barb against Mitt Romney in the bottom right hand corner ?

    Tacky !

    Elephant Stone (6a6f37)

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