How the media so badly missed on the Trump story until it was too late
The biggest mystery of American politics is why the media failed to take Donald Trump’s campaign for the Presidency seriously. A year ago he was a just a vulgar buffoon; now he is the presumptive nominee of the party of Lincoln, Eisenhower and Reagan and could easily become the next leader of the free world.
It’s as if astronomers failed to notice an asteroid hurdling from outer space until it was about to explode over New York City. Were they out to lunch? Or partying? Or failed to clean the lenses of their telescopes?
But perhaps it’s unfair to blame the media. Journalists write for their readers and share their values and prejudices. One explanation must surely be that Trump supporters and readers of the New York Times are living in parallel universes.
This struck me forcefully when I looked at the ten “most emailed” stories on the New York Times a couple of hours ago. They were in the following order:
1. Crossing the Line: “How Donald Trump Behaved With Women in Private”
2. THE HEALTH ISSUE: “An Old Idea, Revived: Starve Cancer to Death”
3. WHERE I LIVE: “Seven Places in Europe We Call Home” (shoes, museums and food in seven capitals)
This article continues at [Intellectual Takeout] Adventures Outside the Comfort Zone