Journalists flatly admitted they completely failed to understand the 2016 presidential election following Republican nominee Donald Trump’s win Tuesday.
“To put it bluntly, the media missed the story,” Margaret Sullivan wrote in The Washington Post.
“We were all wrong,” Anna Palmer and Jake Sherman wrote in Politico’s Playbook newsletter. “That seems obvious, right? But we were more than wrong. We were laughably oblivious. The entire Washington political-media complex completely missed the mark. Not by inches or feet, but by miles.”
Jim Rutenberg added in The New York Times: “The news media by and large missed what was happening all around it, and it was the story of a lifetime. The numbers weren’t just a poor guide for election night — they were an off-ramp away from what was actually happening.”
The New York Times went into Election Day predicting a comfortable Clinton win, but Tuesday evening quickly and dramatically shifted their forecast as the results started pouring in. “Then came a profound shift, as mainstream media organizations scrambled to catch the bus that had just run them over,” Rutenberg added.
By 10:30 p.m. he noted the forecast had changed from a Clinton victory to a 93 percent chance of a Trump win.
Palmer and Sherman added: “For a year and a half, we scoffed at those who said the polls were wrong. The polling industry is broken. We had our eyes trained on prognosticators and pundits — but they were all wrong, too. There will be plenty of time to dissect it all. The joke is on us.”
Playbook characterized the final days of Trump’s campaign as a “last-ditch effort” to take on Clinton in Democratic strongholds, such as Minnesota, which Trump actually ended up winning on election day. The so-called “shy” Trump voters who some thought would turn out at the polls — and who did in fact turn out — were characterized as a “mirage” in another newsletter the week of the election. “Despite the recent tightening of the race, election night could be super boring,” they wrote in another.
Read more at Daily Caller.
We spent election night with a group of Trump volunteers.Most were college educated,all were intelligent,well mannered and lively,even the older members of the group.They laughed out loud at ABC anchor David Muir's characterization of them as 'uneducated white men'(at least half were well educated middle class women).They asked for a channel change when Megyn Kelly came on FOX(another sign of educated,intelligent people).They were certainly able to see the trends in voting,long before the newsreaders would admit the election was not going the way they'd hoped.I'd take the company of these regular American's over any 'celebrity' who shilled for Hill.
Correction: Trump LOST Minnesota, but he did win the other Midwest Blue states of Wisconsin and Michigan after spending plenty of last minute time there.
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