For four brief seconds late Tuesday evening, the world stood still in shocked silence after CNN, “the most trusted name in news,” falsely declared Sen. Bernie Sanders the winner of the Mississippi Democrat presidential primary race.
“We have our first projection of the night … Bernie Sanders,” CNN host Wolf Blitzer announced as Sanders’ name briefly popped up on screen before disappearing.
“Not, not happening right now,” he quickly added as the on-screen graphic switched from Sanders to front-runner candidate Joe Biden.
“Joe Biden is the winner of the Mississippi primary. Joe Biden carries Mississippi primary. Joe Biden carries Mississippi. There we have it right there. You can see it.”
As he spoke, the graphics switched again.
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“Oh, maybe you can’t see it,” he continued. “We’ll fix that technical problem. But the most important thing is this: Joe Biden is the winner in Mississippi.”
No, Wolf, the most important thing is this: CNN is “the most trusted name in news.”
Or not …
The mistake nearly caused some Biden backers to have a heart attack (not literally, of course).
See some of the hilarious reaction below:
I swear @CNN gave me a heart attack for a second when they flashed a graphic stating Sanders won Mississippi…thankfully the network came back to reality in a nanosecond #PrimaryElection #MississippiPrimary pic.twitter.com/8kXTsIdzMC
— Alfonso Robinson (@ctblogger) March 11, 2020
— Florida For Biden ? (@FloridaForBiden) March 11, 2020
@CNN almost gave me a heart attack when they erroneously put Sanders won Mississippi.. ??♀️
— Money (@4everMolove) March 11, 2020
Did anyone else about have a heart attack when CNN announced Sanders won Mississippi and then corrected themselves? pic.twitter.com/OvdPm7byQY
— Gina “I’m A Biden Democrat” (@TexasBluein20) March 11, 2020
CNN just accidentally showed a graphic that said Bernie won Mississippi and I went through quite the series of confused emotions during that 2 seconds
— Matt Binder (@MattBinder) March 11, 2020
CNN making a projection about the winner of Mississippi and then showing a graphic stating Bernie won it just about gave me a heart attack. Of course it was just a mistake
— Damian Martinez? (@Nachito31899) March 11, 2020
— Justin Miller (@jmiller_justin) March 11, 2020
CNN just gave a lot of people a heart attack with that Mississippi projection. #PrimaryElection
— Atticus (@AtticusSays) March 11, 2020
Ha ha ha so CNN projection just gave people a heart attack when it said Bernie Sanders the projected Mississippi winner and then he said psych and then Joe Biden came up as the Mississippi winner and then they said psych again. ??? #mississippi
— QUIT FACEBOOK (@SkeptiCatz) March 11, 2020
CNN scared the crap out of me though. Their projection screen glitched and showed Bernie had won Mississippi. lol
— Matthew Wilson (@matt1986_wilson) March 11, 2020
Omg @CNNPolitics opens with projection on screen that @BernieSanders wins Mississippi, then screen goes blank, and it goes back up saying @JoeBiden projected winning. I swear CNN is run by high school interns. #SuperTuesdayResults
— California for Tulsi Gabbard (@CAforTulsi) March 11, 2020
Holy Shit! @CNN trying to give me a heart attack. They put up a picture of Bernie winning Mississippi and I was like WTF!??!?! They put up the wrong pic. Joe won Mississippi! #DemPrimary #SuperTuesday2 #Biden2020 pic.twitter.com/cWR6bwfpr8
— Me (@USNCS) March 11, 2020
Of course, it wouldn’t have necessarily made much of a difference had Sanders won Mississippi, given as Biden wound up taking Michigan and its whopping 125 delegates.
“Michigan, where Sanders upset Hillary Clinton in 2016, was the night’s biggest prize, awarding 125 of the night’s 352 delegates,” Time Magazine reported.
“With about half of all precincts reporting, Biden was on track to capture the state by double-digits, padding his lead in delegates to the party’s nominating convention in July in Milwaukee and dealing a blow to Sanders’ claims of strength in the Rust Belt—and his fading hopes of overtaking the former Vice President for the nomination.”
The report was titled, “Joe Biden’s Win in Michigan Gives Him a Clear Path to the Democratic Nomination.”
It’s over for Sanders, and it seems no amount of accidental fake news can change that.
As for the general election, there’s no clear leader yet. Biden won half of the general election polls published Monday, while President Donald Trump won the other half:
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