Turned out, the Free Press was wrong – or at least very premature. At 2:30 a.m., news agencies slowly began to report that Trump won Michigan. But as of 7 a.m., the Free Press was not among them, saying the race was too close to call.
“Congratulations!! You just set your credibility back 100 years,” @thechovanone tweeted to the Free Press. It was one of dozens of tweets criticizing the newspaper.
So how did the Free Press have a “Dewey defeats Truman” moment?
The newspaper used a mathematical model based on the results of 80 precincts – a system that had worked in the past. Workers went to each of the 80 precincts and phoned back the results, which showed Clinton won the model..."