The Worst Predictions Ever Made By The New York Times


Predictions are a difficult business, especially for a national newspaper. No matter how good your reputation or how smart you are, nobody can see the future with any certainty, which makes hindsight 20/20. Whatever our political inclinations, most of us can agree that The New York Times has been called on the carpet numerous times for predicting things that turned out to be totally bogus and has made countless blunders since being founded in 1851. Here are some of the most misguided, terrible, and stupid forecasts that went strait down the drain.

Laptop Computers 1985 — "On the whole, people don’t want to lug a computer with them to the beach or on a train to while away hours they would rather spend reading the sports or business section of the newspaper.” 

Television 1939 — "The problem with television is that the people must sit and keep their eyes glued on a screen; the average American family hasn’t time for it.” 

The iPhone 2006 — "Everyone’s always asking me when Apple will come out with a cell phone. My answer is, ‘Probably never. 

A Rocket 1936 — "A rocket will never be able to leave the Earth’s atmosphere.” 

The Dangers Of Driving Automobiles At High Speeds — “It remains to be proved how fast the brain is capable of traveling. If it cannot acquire an 8 mph speed, then an auto running at the rate of 80 mph is running without the guidance of the brain, and the many disastrous results are not to be marveled at.” 

"Wheel of Fortune" 1986 — “It’s generally conceded that ‘Wheel of Fortune’ entering its fourth year in syndication can’t go on as it has forever.”