One of Chris Cillizza’s eagle-eyed readers makes a good catch: A Wall Street Journal story posted this morning (before, of course, the first presidential debate—indeed, before McCain had even announced that he will, in fact, be participating in it) features an ad declaring, “McCAIN WINS DEBATE!”

Below the ad’s image of a smilingly victorious, flag-ensconced candidate, and the all-caps declaration of his victory, smaller text notes: “Paid for by McCain-Palin 2008.”

The ad has since been removed from the WSJ page. See the screen shot of it here.

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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.