Call it “Dewey Defeats Truman” for the age of twenty-four-hour cable. Amid all the hubbub about who, oh who, the Democrats’ Grand Poobah might endorse as the party’s nominee, the Fox News Channel jumped the gun just a bit yesterday afternoon:

Only…as the New York Daily News reported (hat tip, HuffPost), and as has been widely noted elsewhere, “Democratic icon Al Gore said he won’t step in as broker or peacemaker in the venomous nomination battle between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.”

So…scoop or blooper? Seems to be the latter. Somewhere, Dewey must be smiling.

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Megan Garber is an assistant editor at the Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard University. She was formerly a CJR staff writer.