On Tuesday, analysts reported, the outcome was determined largely by a surge of support from whites who didn’t go to college and live in rural counties, particularly in New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan and Wisconsin. The media and Democrats were blamed for not expecting as much.
The ensuing condemnations implied that Jake Tapper knew less about Toledo than he does about Tanzania. Rod Dreher of The American Conservative accused the news media of “forgetting that (they) ever knew people like the white working-class and rural people of the Rust Belt.” Piers Morgan congratulated himself in the Daily Mail for writing last year, “Trump has a big popular appeal away from the snobby halls of Washington and New York’s media elite. Regular Americans love the guy.”
If the media assumed Clinton would win, it was not because reporters forgot that there were people who favored Trump. There was an endless supply of stories featuring interviews with them. Each of his rallies drew throngs of journalists—who might have done a better job of learning the views of Trump supporters if the campaign had not confined the press to areas separate from the rest of the audience. Steve Chapman explains more.