The New York Times is running an article entitled, “News Media Yet Again Misreads America’s Complex Pulse.” The article states, “Journalists didn’t question the polling data when it confirmed their gut feeling that Mr. Trump could never in a million years pull it off. They portrayed Trump supporters who still believed he had a shot as being out of touch with reality. In the end, it was the other way around.”
The article continues, “You have to wonder how different the coverage might have been had the polls, and the data crunching, not forecast an almost certain Clinton victory. Perhaps there would have been a deeper exploration of the forces that were propelling Mr. Trump toward victory, given that so much of his behavior would have torpedoed any candidate who came before him…Maybe we’d know a lot more about how Mr. Trump’s plan to build a wall along the southern border would fare in Congress, or what his proposal to make it easier to sue journalists might actually look like. How about his plan to block people from countries with links to terrorism?”
Read the article here.
Questions for Discussion
- What is the main purpose of journalism? What tasks should a journalist complete to do his/her job most successfully? Why?
- The author writes, “data can’t always capture the human condition that is the blood of American politics.” What does this sentence mean? How would the meaning be different if the sentence read, “data doesn’t always capture the human condition that is the blood of American politics.” Which sentence do you think is more accurate? Why?
- What does the author mean when he writes, “…Flyover country isn’t a place, it’s a state of mind — it’s in parts of Long Island and Queens, much of Staten Island, certain neighborhoods of Miami or even Chicago. And, yes, it largely — but hardly exclusively — pertains to working-class white people.”
- Where do you look for your information on current events? How can you check the accuracy of the information that you read?