There will be many stories that will circulate regarding the 2016 Election, but there is no question that the overwhelming failure of the Mainstream Media to get it right will top all of them. To be sure, the post-mortem analysis has already begun at professional polling firms and political science classrooms. The Mainstream Media – or MSM – most assuredly began looking at itself, too. Its biases have always been obvious to conservatives. Tragically, neither the MSM nor the Democrat National Committee (DNC) was able to appreciate how badly it needed honest reporting.
Today, Hillary Clinton knows that more than any other person in the United States.
The MSM failed her. Please understand, it was not for a lack of trying. They did everything they could to besmirch Trump and elevate Clinton. They ignored email scandals and moral failings that bled into Constitutional crises. They were her collaborators in an epic assault on the character of Bernie Sanders. They helped depict Trump as a fascist.
Yet, over and over and over the MSM failed Clinton, and for that matter the entire DNC, by failing to be honest.
The Mainstream Media’s deep dishonesty continued to tell Secretary Clinton that her presidency was assured. The Mainstream Media continued to paint Trump in such a brutally negative way that some were scared to tell pollsters the truth as to their voting intentions. The Mainstream Media’s manic leftist mentality refused to acknowledge that half of the country did not think like they do.
Blinded by their extreme leftist elitism, the MSM was wholly incapable of sitting at a bar in West Virginia, central Michigan, or Southeast Ohio and speaking with their mortal enemy: the working class White Man.
To be sure, throughout this entire time their biases were frustrating. I wrote about this bias on more than one occasion. But I was ideologically suited to ignore their Leftist bias. Hillary Clinton and her adherents were not.
Seated in the center of an echo chamber, Hillary Clinton was told, “You will win.” Her voters were told, “She will win.” That helped none of them.
If the MSM was honestly interested in the true direction of the election, it would have reported from New York, Texas… not New York, New York. If the MSM was honestly interested in the true direction of the election, it would have reported from Des Moines… not DC. If the MSM was truly interested in the mindset of the people, it would have sent reporters to Boston, Ohio, not Boston, Massachusetts.
By failing to appreciate other American viewpoints, the MSM failed to capture their tone and message, and kept telling Hillary Clinton, “You got this.”
Obviously, she didn’t.
The dishonest Mainstream Media, which has marginalized, demeaned, ridiculed, and vilified the common American citizen for decades made it possible for Clinton to take naps during her coronation ceremony, rather than endure sleepless nights during an election contest.
That helped no one but Donald Trump and all of his supporters.
In that regard, the Mainstream Media’s last victim was Hillary Clinton. By lying to her supporters, they failed her. By lying to her, they ensured her loss.
Had they been honest, she might have won.