After the recent American election, it seems as though the world’s come to an end. The election, which was declared very much in favor of Hillary Clinton went “Shockingly” results: or rather “Surprisingly ” to a “Clown faced bigot” [Not my phrase] created ripples across the political sphere with every single intellect giving his/her points of view in accordance with the results.
However, there were certain sections of people who could not digest: the mainstream liberal media. Before we start dissecting the mainstream media, let’s put some facts straight: Only 1 out of 50 media houses saw the wind coming. The L.A Times was the only newspaper that predicted a Trump victory; giving trump an edge of 5.4% against the Democrat’s stalwarts Hillary Clinton. All other major organization including the media Behemoths CNN, The New York Times, The Washington post among others predicted Hillary as the 45th president of the United States.
The New York Times: “Our endorsement is rooted in respect for her intellect, experience, toughness and courage over a career of almost continuous public service, often as the first or only woman in the arena.”
Now as Donald J. Trump Sworn in as the 45th President of the United States, the American Media should Smear their heads in Shame and apologize for misleading the American public.The American media, which, on one hand, calls itself the epitome of Journalistic ethics, not only took sides but even forged data to make one candidate look superior to another.
A major pollster has some stark news: “Americans’ trust and confidence in the mass media ‘to report the news fully, accurately and fairly’ has dropped to its lowest level in Gallup polling history, with 32 percent saying they have a great deal or fair amount of trust in the media. This is down eight percentage points from last year,” writes Art Swift, an analyst for the Gallup poll, which first asked the nation to weigh in on the press in 1972.These surveys show that the trust deficit in media is rising constantly.
So, how exactly did Donald Trump interact with his audience and where did the media go wrong? Donald J. Trump had a very special weapon which is one of the most abstract inventions of human intelligence: The Social Media. Donald Trump used the social media as his messenger and conveyed all his messages and ideals[some being as ridiculous as building a Wall and banning Muslims from entering the U.S ] through the social media.
But how could did Donald Trump win?In this last part let us talk about what propelled the American people to vote for a person who was “a Manti-Black”,”anti-Latinos”, and most importantly “Anti-Muslims”. Actually, to be frank, and neutral he was all of those during Primaries and some of his initial rallies.But believe me chanting “Anti-Muslims”, “anti-Black” rhetoric was not the sole characteristic of his rallies. In fact, he talked about the things which mattered the most to the general public. He talked about Jobs Creation, Reducing Tax, defeating ISIS and most importantly not being what is called “Politically correct”. He referred to “terrorism”[as said by his rival] as “Radical Islamic terrorism” which echoed to the American voters as someone who could take stern stands and does believed in him.
On the other hand, Hillary Clinton and the liberal media kept on playing the old broken records; his 20-year-old tapes, the interviews of women who were allegedly assaulted by him in yesteryear. Apart from sole rhetoric and allegation against Trump, She lacked the vision and her policies never made the ears of her voters. She was further humiliated with the FBI again re-investigating her alleged corruption case, which further engulfed her: resulting in her negative publicity.
So, with the inaugural of the new president, the media must introspect within and also realize that there is no such thing as Post-Truth. Even if there is, it’s certainly not a byproduct of the American election or Brexit. Lastly, there is a nexus which has been there for a long time, not only in western countries but also in democracies like India. When everything happens according to them, everything’s fine; but as soon as people reject their version of philosophy, they call it unbelievable, surprising, and even discover new words such as “Post-Truth era”.