US Presidential election results 2016: Yes US media, you missed (messed) this one pretty bad

Most media houses today will find it hard to come to terms with the result as newsrooms across the US would watch Trump's victory speech in stunned silence.

Written by Leela Prasad | New Delhi | Updated: November 9, 2016 7:38 pm
trump1 Most media houses today will find it hard to come to terms with the result as newsrooms across the US would watch Trump’s victory speech in stunned silence.

The upset might have been stunning, as most headlines tomorrow would say, but the media willingly ignored the strong undercurrent in favour of Donald J Trump and stuck its head out for Hillary Clinton. Trump had always cautioned his supporters: Don’t believe everything that they write about me. Agreed, he is full of contradictions, a misogynist and a xenophobe, but does it warrant for the media to adopt a partisan approach at a time when the country was deeply divided?

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The US media traditionally endorses either of the two candidates running for president. But the divisive role played by the media in this election campaign meant that an endorsement turned into a fixation. Most media houses today will find it hard to come to terms with the result as newsrooms across the US would watch Trump’s victory speech in stunned silence.

Their headlines were loaded, reports from the ground were tilted heavily in favour of one candidate as they ironed the wrinkles and smoothed the edges. The collective will of the nation’s media failed to stop Trump from storming the Oval Office. Other than a few right-wing fringe media outlets, it is hard to pinpoint one media house that reported things as they were. Had they put their ear to the ground and listened to the voices, they wouldn’t have spectacularly got their predictions wrong.

If Brexit had taught media one thing, then it is that popular opinion is alive only in the bubble they live in. What they had failed to gauge is that America has voted against immigration, gender equality, affordable health care and raising the minimum wage. This vote is not for Trump. It is for what he stands for. It won’t resurrect the Klu Klux Klan, but will certainly embolden white supremacists. It will usher in a new wave of hatred and fear. Trumps’ efforts at polarising the electorate have fructified, with the white population voting in droves for his promise of building a wall and bombing countries that refuse to accept his proposals.

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The Huffington Post carried a disclaimer at the end of every article, urging its readers to vote against Trump as he is a serial liar who incites violence. Now, they have removed the message in “respect” to the President’s office. They offered him a clean slate. It is time for the rest to fall in line and reset their counters to zero.

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First Published on: November 9, 2016 1:27 pm
  1. अण्णाजी
    Nov 9, 2016 at 10:52 am
    just like out Indian media back in 2014...
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      aji govinda
      Nov 9, 2016 at 10:31 am
      the last line is the most telling one."reset their counters to zero and start with a clean slate!!" so media men and women are free to speak and act as they please with no accountablity and no one to call them out for their putrid news mongering !!lt;br/gt;This is what media houses everywhere do.Reset and restart as if all their lies, their insinuation and innuendo had no cost.As if their jobs did not have the basic responsibility of being truthful !!. lt;br/gt;when their own hides are at risk, they are quick to run to courts and seek protection and claim victimisation ( like NDTV ). Personally i feel many of them need to pay, either punitive fines or face minimum jail time or be asked to close down or run public apologies!!.
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        ak dev
        Nov 9, 2016 at 10:03 am
        Whether India or USA, media is biased with pro leftist ideology. As PM Modi has said recently media like to report views rather than news. However, election results are based on people's views and not the views of media.
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          Damaru Prasad
          Nov 9, 2016 at 10:46 am
          The media everywhere has card carrying members of political parties. They don't matter when it matters most. Many pen-pushers had ushered Hillary to the White House in their write ups, that is. Now look for afterthought and resignation note.
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            A villager
            Nov 9, 2016 at 10:54 am
            Same case was here in India in 2014. Still our media has not learnt the lesson. Wake up Indian Express Wake up.
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              Against Sick
              Nov 9, 2016 at 9:25 am
              Trump victory has proven (again after 2014 Modi victory) that the fake liberals in media have reduced themselves to demonitised 1000 rs notes which lost all its 'value' overnight
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                farzi kumar
                Nov 9, 2016 at 11:02 am
                Dont paint it as if us media were fools in not being able to capture ground reality. lt;br/gt;They were well aware of the situation but they choose to report otherwise in lieu of money these media house got from the "campaign fund" to manite people perception, in which they failed miserably. lt;br/gt;Pressutes huh!!!!!!
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                  NKSA
                  Nov 9, 2016 at 10:07 am
                  This leftist, liberal media hasn't learnt their lessons and do not have ears to the ground. They must learn to listen to common folk on streets and rural areas too.
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                    Gram Massla
                    Nov 9, 2016 at 2:57 pm
                    The Media had attempted to become the fourth wheel of power in the American politics. Trump slapped it down.
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                      jijo
                      Nov 9, 2016 at 9:44 am
                      The media weather in US or India live in a make believe world of their own. They think they are the opinion makers but sadly they know nothing of what a man on the street wants
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                        pravnedra patel
                        Nov 9, 2016 at 9:33 am
                        globalist, leftist and american elites, msm are biggest looser.
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                          pravnedra patel
                          Nov 9, 2016 at 8:19 am
                          watershed election historic outsider winning the election in us history.
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                            appu
                            Nov 9, 2016 at 11:40 am
                            Why did Media missed it? When Media take sides and start pushing for their own candidate, they stop listening to the people who vote. If they want to be closer to be right, they need to learn to listen to people and not identify themselves with any candidate! Same story happened in India; As the PM said, Media need to work very hard to be credible!
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                              Ravi
                              Nov 9, 2016 at 10:00 am
                              MSM thought they can manite the electorate. They are humbled today!
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                                Rishabh Maheshwari
                                Nov 9, 2016 at 8:39 am
                                That American jobs and livelihood were being affected because of immigration and shifting of jobs to other countries and the selective deafness of Main stream politicians and Media towards this concern caused this "cataclysmic' defeat for Democrats.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Now American Media is conceding that Bernie Sanders would have had a better chance.
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                                  AS SASTRY
                                  Nov 9, 2016 at 10:44 am
                                  Biased media does not report ground realities, it always puts its agenda and try to create perceptions for or against. The media has provide news, which they have failed. The same has happened with Modi, the media is still not able to digest.
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                                    Sawan
                                    Nov 9, 2016 at 8:39 am
                                    "Polarising the electorate" is the name of the Political game. It is evident that no "ism", Communism or Capitalism, works for human society because they fail to see and recognise the underlying state of greed. Greed and self-interest are the natural traits for Humans and they have to be taught the value of higher ideals like "liberty, equality and fraternity". If this education is neglected then the dark forces of greed will take over and result in people like Trump and "others" maniting the disillusioned to achieve their own ends.
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                                      Singh
                                      Nov 9, 2016 at 1:10 pm
                                      Wake up Indian Express Wake up.
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                                        Shyamal Ganguly
                                        Nov 9, 2016 at 3:54 pm
                                        CHINESE Media reports to the Head of the Communist Party of China. People of China can never get the real news. But they know that they do not have freedom to speak their mind - even via FACEBOOK.
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                                          Shyamal Ganguly
                                          Nov 9, 2016 at 3:50 pm
                                          This is a message for media houses like toilet paper and IE. Having been well fed by CONGI loot , India Media houses tried to demolish Modi. Called him Yamaraj, Bhains, Bhasmasur, and promoted as "Maut ka Saudagar". Modi must have forgotten, but some of us have not. Modi after coming to power did not slap anybody in the media. That is why he is great. But Barkha, Sardeshai need to be slapped. Wait until Goswami gets more power to be independent.
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                                            Sumit
                                            Nov 9, 2016 at 8:14 am
                                            Very good article - i hope instead of just trying to give gyan the infian media too would introspect.
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