Media Mistakes

“The problem with television is that people have to glue their eyes to a screen. People won’t have time for it.”
New York Times, 1939
“Spam will be a thing of the past
in two years’ time.”
Bill Gates, 2004
“I think there is a world market for maybe five computers.”
Thomas Watson
Chairman of IBM, 1943
“The horse is here to stay but the automobile is only a novelty – a fad.”
The President of Michigan Savings Bank
advising Henry Ford’s lawyer not to
invest in the Ford Motor Co., 1903
Did you visit the Parthenon
while in Greece?
“I don’t remember the names of all the clubs we went to.”
NBA Star Shaquille O’Neal
“I believe gay marriage should be between a man and a woman.”
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger
“You’ve done a nice job decorating
the White House.”
upon her introduction to
Former Interior Secretary Gale Norton
Jessica Simpson
“Reagan doesn’t have the presidential look.”
United Artists executive after rejecting
Reagan as lead in the film
The Best Man, 1964
“I get to go to lots of overseas places,
like Canada.”
Britney Spears, 2004
“We’re going to turn this team
around 360 degrees.”
Jason Kidd, upon his drafting to the
Dallas Mavericks
“Your food stamps will be stopped because we received notice that you passed away. May God bless you. You may reapply if there is a change in your circumstances.”
Department of Social Services, Greenville, South Carolina