I am not a native English speaker, but the recently uploaded video on the CBS News channel seems to contain a typo in the title.

Cropping of the issue

I have seen effect used as a verb, but I am fairly confident that affect would be the right choice in this case.

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    Yes, this is a typo. It will, no doubt, be corrected. – BladorthinTheGrey Oct 30 '16 at 20:45
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    You are correct. It should be affect. It is a common error that many native English speakers make. – Mick Oct 30 '16 at 20:45
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    Right. It's not a grammar error, however. It's a spelling error. Spelling has nothing to do with grammar, which comes from spoken language. Illiterate English speakers still know English grammar, even if they can't spell anything. – John Lawler Oct 30 '16 at 20:47
  • @JohnLawler Heh, I just fixed that. I seem to mention it daily. – tchrist Oct 30 '16 at 20:48
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    @JohnLawler: I don't pronounce them the same, and apparently (checking some dictionaries: 1, 2) I'm not the only one. (I do see that some people do apparently pronounce them the same.) – Drew Oct 31 '16 at 1:10

This is probably a mistake. Either this is a typographical error or someone at CBS needs to pick up their game.

As Oxford Dictionaries explains, affect is a verb while effect is usually a noun.

Affect is chiefly used as a verb and its main meaning is ‘to influence or make a difference to’, as in the following example sentences:

The pay increase will greatly affect their lifestyle.

While effect can be used as a verb (see below) in this circumstance, affect should have been used.

When used as a verb effect means ‘to bring something about as a result’. It’s most often used in a formal context as oppose to everyday English:

The prime minister effected many policy changes.

The key thing to remember is that effect is most commonly used as a noun, whereas affect is typically used as a verb.

  • The very article you linked to mentions that effect is also used as a verb. – Bernardo Sulzbach Oct 30 '16 at 20:50
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    @mafagafogigante I have noted that in an edit. :) – BladorthinTheGrey Oct 30 '16 at 20:53
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    This is probably a mistake!? Nothing like hedging your bets! – FumbleFingers Oct 30 '16 at 21:00
  • @FumbleFingers Well I thought that since my citation does note that it can be used as a verb I ought be be conservative here. Perhaps a little over the top :) – BladorthinTheGrey Oct 30 '16 at 21:03
  • I suppose you could just about say We will effect a poll, but I reckon you'd have to be pretty good at lateral thinking to contrive a context where "October surprises" could cause multiple polls. I'm afraid I hastily closevoted for lack of prior research, but it's no surprise to me now to find that “Effect” vs. “Affect” has been quietly garnering votes for over 5 years with even less evidence of the OP having looked anything up. – FumbleFingers Oct 30 '16 at 21:16

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