So … this is a little awkward. Here we are, in the midst of a series of articles about the media’s shortcomings in covering the 2016 general election. And President Trump, the winner of that election, has to go out and call the media the “enemy of the American people.” Suffice it to say that I’m not on board with Trump’s position. In fact, I’ve had a couple of friends who — while they’ve mostly agreed with the substance of these articles — have asked whether this is really the best time for media criticism. Doesn’t the industry need more solidarity at a time when it’s under attack?
Well, maybe. But I’m worried about that old adage about those who don’t learn from history being doomed to repeat it. CONT.
Nate Silver, FiveThirtyEight