Two days after election day, I wrote a blog post about the shameful performance of CNBC Top Washington Correspondent, John Harwood, in reporting on Donald Trump in the election. You can see it here – For shame, John Harwood.
Now, it seems that the New York Times publisher has issued a kind of backward letter of apology to its readers for its coverage of the campaign. Publisher Sulzberger didn’t go so far as to say the Times slanted the news, he just said it ‘underestimated’ Trump’s support among American voters.
Actually, Michael Goodwin of the New York Post has written a nice column on it which you can read here – New York Times – We blew it on Trump.
Please read Mr. Goodwin’s entire column, but here is a nice excerpt:
“While insisting his staff had “reported on both candidates fairly,” he also vowed that the paper would “rededicate ourselves to the fundamental mission of Times journalism. That is to report America and the world honestly, without fear or favor.”
“Ah, there’s the rub. Had the paper actually been fair to both candidates, it wouldn’t need to rededicate itself to honest reporting. And it wouldn’t have been totally blindsided by Trump’s victory.
“Instead, because it demonized Trump from start to finish, it failed to realize he was onto something. And because the paper decided that Trump’s supporters were a rabble of racist rednecks and homophobes, it didn’t have a clue about what was happening in the lives of the Americans who elected the new president.”
I want you to know that I am not altering the focus of my blog from diet, exercise and living past 100 to the various outrages foisted upon us by the mainstream media. I do want to address one further item: the stigmatization of Trump followers/voters.
The mainstream press in general, and Hillary Clinton in particular, characterised them as racists, homophobes, miscoginists, Islamaphobes, xenophobes and more.
Here is a summary of the CNN exit polls which give quite a different story:
• 56 percent of voters who saw the Supreme Court nominations as “the most important factor” supported Trump.
• 64 percent of voters who thought immigration was the “most important issue” voted for Trump, as did 86 percent of those who want a wall built on the U.S.-Mexico border.
• 83 percent of voters who felt Obamacare “went too far” supported Trump.
• 57 percent of those who viewed terrorism as the top issue backed Trump, as did 85 percent of those who thought the fight against ISIS was going “very badly.”
• 73 percent of voters who felt the “government [is] doing too much” went for Trump.
“These are issues of national security, rule of law, and the scope of government. Throughout his tenure, Obama has aggressively worked to promote a liberal agenda, from Obamacare to the Iran nuclear deal,” Katrina Trinko wrote in her column Donald Trump’s win wasn’t about racism. (my emphasis)
I wanted to put these facts forward not to persuade you that you should have voted for Donald Trump. I couldn’t care less who you voted for. As a former practicing journalist I am brokenhearted to see how journalistic principles have gone by the boards and mainstream media broke down completely in its duty to inform the voters fairly in the last election. I hate to say it, but maybe we need to take what we read in the press with a big spoon full of salt.