“This isn’t the beginning of the end, just the end of the beginning.”
Normally, you would read that line, adapted from a famous Winston Churchill speech, on a yearbook (like it was for my senior year) or graduation pamphlet. It’s an attempt to turn a rather sad event into hope for the future. But it’s also very much appropriate for something else we thought was coming to an end last week, and that was Donald Trump’s time in the spotlight. Instead, as president-elect, we will now only begin to watch an epic reality television show unfold, with the greatest of all stakes – the American system of government and U.S. citizens – in the crosshairs. Hopefully, we all win in the end, but it’s off to a rough start.
But this isn’t my political forum, nor is this a political post. Instead, it’s an explanation for how the media missed this call, entirely. Besides pollsters, it’s hard to imagine a single entity deserving of the black eye it now wears than what’s on the face of most news organizations. After all, Trump wasn’t suppose to have a chance to win, right. That’s what we were told for months now. It’ll be interesting to see if this mammoth mistake impacts the bottom line. Will New York Times customers unsubscribe? Will Huffington Post readers turn away? Will CNN, Fox News, MSNBC and all the likes have viewers click to new channels? It’s possible, but too early to say. Still, it’s worth figuring out what went wrong.
And there’s plenty of what went wrong to go around, from taking reports from Clinton’s camp as fact, to treating Donald Trump like a sideshow clown, as opposed to someone seriously vying for the most powerful position in the world. But you can hear about that from other corners of the Internet. Instead, I’ll focus on the growing gap between those living in cities, particularly coastal ones, and the rest of America.
As someone that was born in Kansas, grew up in a Texas suburb and lived in Austin, Washington, D.C. and New York City, and is currently living in a New York suburb (in a county that went for Trump, by the way), I hear all sorts of opinions. Read more ›