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USA: The Media Post-Mortem

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on November 13, 2016 in News & Opinion |

It’s going to be a very long time before we have this election – both the campaign and the results – out of the news headlines. The coming two months until the inauguration are going to be full of what could have been, what might be, what will be. There are going to be accusations thrown in all directions, and not just in the political arena but also in families and the media, but very few answers.

At the moment the media seems to be divided between two stories: what went wrong; what will go wrong. Claims that the GOP is imploding, prior to the election results, have been replaced with tales of the Democrat party imploding. Stories of misogyny, sexual assault, rape and countless illegal activities, have been replaced with worries about who is being appointed to which position in the transition government and the government to come. Justifications for bad or inaccurate polling have been replaced by breakdowns of who voted according to ethnicity, education, gender, work, religion.

Trump's American Racism

Screenshot Source: Twitter / Chris Cillizza

And the bulk of it is generalization. It is impossible to say why individuals among the roughly one hundred thirty million voters voted as they did, not that this is stopping some media outlets. People are being lumped together according to where they live, according to what they do or who they might be. A fruitless and pointless task. Aside from asking each individual voter, we will never know their reasoning.

Does it all matter now? Will it make a difference? I doubt it. Only the coming months and years will show whether the  voters – either the popular majority or the electoral college – were right or wrong. The election is over, apart from the counting of the last million votes or so, and there is precious little which can change the result.

Now it is time to look to the future for the United States, for the people themselves. Leave what cannot be changed as it is, and move on to what can still be saved, influenced, changed, made better.

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