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‘The media didn’t want to believe Trump could win. So they looked the other way.’

Washington Post

You might have heard: Donald Trump is elected 45th president of the United States (NPR), despite polls and predictive models that indicated a win for Clinton (Politico)

But did you know: “To put it bluntly, the media missed the story,” Margaret Sullivan writes. “In the end, a huge number of American voters wanted something different. And although these voters shouted and screamed it, most journalists just weren’t listening. They didn’t get it. … Although [journalists] touched down in the big red states for a few days, or interviewed some coal miners or unemployed autoworkers in the Rust Belt, we didn’t take them seriously. Or not seriously enough. … Make no mistake. This is an epic fail.”

+ “It’s easy to sit in our ivory towers and make ‘educated’ guesses about who the frontrunners are,” Texas Tribune editor in chief Emily Ramshaw says. “It’s another thing entirely to step out of D.C. and New York — to step off of the campaign buses and out of the debate halls — and absorb the frustration and resentment of the underprivileged, the uneducated, in the South, in the Rust Belt, in the American heartland.” (Poynter)

+ Trump received an overwhelming amount of negative coverage from a wide range of news outlets, but it didn’t seem to have any effect on how people voted: Northwestern University’s Pablo J. Boczkowski argues that could show a change in the influence of news media (Nieman Lab); “Major news organizations, household names trusted for decades, lost a great deal of ownership over audiences [in this election]. … Once privileged with the leverage to shape narratives, or declare stories important, they now found themselves competing with rivals shaped by new incentives. It seemed that readers and viewers had been prompted, all at once, to ask news outlets: Who are you to assume we trust you?” (New York Times)

+ The Huffington Post is ending its editors note that called Trump a “racist” and “xenophobe” (Politico); After a frenzy in sales following Obama’s 2008 election, newspapers are preparing by printing extra copies and setting up retail stands(Associated Press); Reactions to Slate and Vice’s real-time election projections: The projections only add to the confusion of Election Day, particularly when the projections are presented without context (Nieman Lab)

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