SCOTUSblog Wins ACA Decision Day;’s ‘Dewey Defeats Truman’ Moment

Update: Naturally, CNN’s headline mishaps have led to Twitter hijinks.

So the Affordable Care Act is upheld! That’s great, but who won the internets? My nominee: SCOTUSblog, which at one point had 866,000 people simultaneously reading its live coverage and analysis of the decision. The site administrators apparently lined up six mirrored servers via two separate hosting providers to handle the surge (redundancy is a virtue!), and it handled both the traffic influx and the unveiling of the decision itself with great aplomb.

Unlike some other news websites we can think of. Let’s check’s initial online announcement:

CNN screenshot ACA decision

Are you guys sure about that? Meanwhile, over at SCOTUSblog:

CNN starts to get the picture:

CNN screenshot ACA decision

Finally, the full truth dawns.

CNN screenshot ACA decision

Nice work, fellas! I’m sure Thomas Dewey also appreciated his 1948 “victory.” At least you weren’t alone — Fox News screwed up, too, as did CNN’s on-air “talent.” In Fox’s case, though, I’ll put it down to wishful thinking.


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  • I was reading SCOTUS Blog in my office and a bunch of people had gathered in the conference room nearby watching CNN. They started saying “the mandate was struck down” and I went in and told them that CNN was wrong — that it had been upheld as a tax. SCOTUS Blog was amazing. I had to keep relaying updates before they got the bright idea to change the channel to NBC to get an accurate story.