In 1974, U.S. Senator William Scott (R-Va) was named the Dumbest Member of Congress by a small fringe publication. He called a press conference to deny it, which gave the accusation nationwide circulation.
In 1913, The Daily Mail suspected its competitor The Daily Standard was copying its news stories. The Daily Mail published a hoax article claiming the SS Waratah had been discovered in Antarctica. The Daily Standard also published the story and added a statement from the harbourmaster.
In 1920, The New York Times ridiculed Robert H. Goddard and claimed that rockets could not function in space. On July 17, 1969, a day after the Apollo 11 launch, NYT formally acknowledged their error.
Upon discovering an abandoned printing press in Belgium during the first world war, British soldiers decided to start publishing their own satirical newspaper from the trenches.
In 1995 Newsweek published an article scoffing the future of the internet. It laughed at the idea that people would gets news, learn, or buy airline tickets online. It is still available on their website.
The United States dropped from 17th to 47th place, in the Press Freedom Index since 2002.
Time magazine named the computer its “Man of the Year” in 1982.
Time magazine’s ‘Man of the Year’ for 1938 was Adolph Hitler.