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Trump, Brexit, and How the Mainstream Media Failed the Public

Friday, November 11, 2016 5:57
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After the mainstream media went all in for Hillary Clinton — only for her to lose abysmally — the media has been left to its own devices to recover from their incorrect predictions. Now, they must deal with their worst nightmare: a soon-to-be President Trump.

In response, some outlets have begun to endorse Trump’s new role. Others, like the Guardian, have called Trump’s election a “dark day for the world.”

The problem with the mindset of the latter publication is that it seems to make two assumptions: (1) that Trump’s appointment is a one-off event and (2) there are no underlying causes that led to the rise and popularity of a candidate like Donald Trump.

It should be noted, of course, that Trump did not take power through a military coup. He was elected by the American people. Therefore, regardless of one’s views on how ludicrous America’s endorsement of this wildly racist billionaire may be, the problem of why he was appointed in the first place will still be there — no matter how many anti-Trump articles the Guardian publishes. Take one glance at the comments section on a pro-Clinton Guardian article, and you will see what I am referring to.

Russell Brand aptly explained this paradigm in a recent video posted to his Youtube channel. He stated:

“There’s no point reacting to: ‘What? Donald Trump is the President of America?’ Yesterday, the conditions existed for it to happen. It did two days ago. A month ago. A year ago. For the last ten, twenty years. They’ve been building towards this moment…The political system doesn’t connect with people.”


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