With 290 Electoral votes, surpassing the necessary 270, Donald J. Trump has become President-Elect of the United States Of America.
In a divisive and brutal campaign, Trump came out victorious. His emphasis on border security, trade programs, and rebuilding infrastructure hit home with americans. The people voted, and the media missed it.
CNN, MSNBC, and others reported leads for Clinton throughout the election. Some groups like Bloomberg even asserted that she could win by a landslide. Many outlets pointed to a growing latino vote that would push Clinton to victory.
“Hillary Clinton today is more likely to win in a landslide that would not only have an impact on this race but realign the country politically to some extent, then Trump is to win at all.”
The Media Research Center (MRC) is a watchdog group that finds biased reporting. They act as a check on unethical journalism. In a November 15th poll, MRC/YouGov reported that 7 in 10 voters (69%) did not believe the news media are honest and truthful. Gallup polling reports that trust in mass media has sunk to a new low.
With dwindling trust, the 2016 election may be the final nail in the coffin for mainstream outlets. According to Forbes, “…the democratic base did not turn out to vote as it did for Obama.” Clinton received 300,000 less democratic votes than Obama did in 2012 for the state of Michigan. Detroit and Wayne County produced lower numbers for Clinton than Obama did in his 2012 election. The Clinton catastrophe has to do with a failed campaign ground game and an apathetic democratic voter base. Media refused to admit this failure and ultimately gave Americans a false impression of a Clinton landslide victory. The democrats were not worried about losing, so many of them didn’t come out to the polls.
The media may have inadvertently allowed Trump to reach the White House, and in so doing, have committed journalistic suicide. John Oliver, a talkshow host did a special on the death of print journalism and its massive decline. Oliver referenced media conglomerates like “TRONC” which has swallowed up print outlets across the nation. Monetized sponsored articles, socially trending topics, and cat GIF’s are becoming more prevalent on once trusted media sites. These conglomerates could potentially set the precedent for the end of integrity driven reporting.
Bias has infiltrated media to a point that has never been seen. Gallup reports staggering numbers on public opinions on the media as the democrat/leftist lean isn’t being covered up by anyone. Gallup asserts that “52% of registered voters say election media bias favors Clinton.” These numbers alone are a testament to the absolute disregard for ethical journalism.
Media watchdogs consistently report on these journalism missteps as they occur on a daily basis. Media Research Center even reports that sports news outlets like ESPN are leaning leftward.
“There is an institutional bias at major media networks that must be repaired and I am highly skeptical that news executives are interested or capable of undertaking this responsibility.”
– MRC President Brent Bozell
In conclusion, mainstream media has suffered a post election loss that may be irreversible. It is the responsibility of journalists and truth seekers to provide the American public with the truth. In 2016, the outlets chose to ignore the American people, they chose to adopt a reporting style that undermines and disregards ethical journalism.
At Summit Press, we will always be devoted to the truth, and that devotion will be seen throughout our publications and content. In the words of Ronald Reagan, we will “Trust But Verify”.
Trump is our new president, we will be the voice of our local community, and we will check his actions to the fullest extent. It’s time we bring back real journalism.