Who Lost: A Biased Media, Pundits, Pollsters, Political Parties, Warmongers, the Corporatocracy, Pay-to-Play Grifters, Neoliberals

Posted: November 10, 2016 in Uncategorized

By Charles Hugh Smith
washingtonsblog.com

Sometimes who lost is more important than who won. Let’s review who lost the election:

1. Let’s start with the Corporatocracy, which expected to once again wield unlimited influence by funding political campaigns with millions of dollars in contributions and speaking fees.

 

2. A biased mainstream media. My mom-in-law was watching CBS all night, so that’s what we watched. All the pundits/anchors spoke in the hushed tones of a funeral. For two hours, the only images of campaign workers shown were the sad faces of Clinton supporters; not one image of jubilant Trump supporters was broadcast until Trump gave his acceptance speech.

When one of the talking heads noted that Hillary never generated the enthusiasm of the Sanders or Trump campaigns, his comment was followed by a stony silence. That he had given voice to a self-evident truth was not welcome.

3. Mainstream punditry: they got it wrong from the start and remained close-minded and arrogant in their postured superiority.

The punditry applied a double standard to Trump and Hillary. Trump’s speeches and ethically questionable history were judged by moral standards, and he was declared unfit.

Hillary’s actions, on the other hand, were judged by strictly legalistic standards: well, you can’t indict her, so she’s fit for office.

Dear punditry: you can’t use double standards to promote your biases and retain any shred of credibility.

4. Pollsters. Having rigged the polls via over-sampling and under-sampling, they were laughably wrong. Here is a typical headline from election night, from the New York Times: Trump Takes Florida, Closing In on a Stunning Upset.

Only the pollsters and the MSM were stunned.

5. Political parties. As my friend G.F.B. observed, both parties ran 20th century campaigns in the 21st century. Both parties lost for this reason; both are hopelessly out of touch with a rapidly changing America.

Democrats upset with losing should look at their party’s system of Super-Delegates that squelched Bernie Sander’s bid.

6. Warmongers. . .

Source: Who Lost: A Biased Media, Pundits, Pollsters, Political Parties, Warmongers, the Corporatocracy, Pay-to-Play Grifters, Neoliberals

Comments
  1. marblenecltr says:

    Watch the electors in the electoral college carefully, a certain billionaire remarked that he intended to pay for enough votes to get HRC elected.

  2. marblenecltr says:

    Reblogged this on necltr and commented:
    It is not over until it is over, don’t relax.

  3. The ‘Pantsuit’ Warmonger is done. No one who had more than two brain cells connected and working wanted Hilda beast. But Hilda beast was shoved down our throats and so we regurgitated and what we threw up was Trump. And the lamestream media can spin that any way they like, but they also got ‘trumped’.

  4. PeaceFrog says:

    Most are saying the Citizens United case will stand with conservatives that Trump will nominate to the Supreme Court. So the corporatocracy will still get to graft Congress without limits. There will be changes, let’s hope some of them benefit the average citizen!

  5. I certainly share your sentiments, PeaceFrog, especially when I hear about some of the corporate lobbyists Trump is thinking of appointing to his cabinet.

  6. marblenecltr says:

    I don’t know what has happened to Harvard University lately, but the electoral college has been valuable from its beginning. It was and is needed to protect state’s rights and each area of our country from domination by the others. Areas of farming, manufacturing, and shipping, for example, would not be able to exploit each other so easily. Today, a few large cities would have damaging power with the popular vote were the electoral college to be removed, so it is needed today as much as ever. Look what billionaires with no concern for the modern birthplace of democracy can do/are doing in our streets today. Globalists are trying to atomize our country and pour it into the NWO pot.

    • To be honest, I can’t see the electoral college has done anything for state’s rights. The current judicial interpretation of the Constitution’s Commerce Clause means a state can’t even allow municipalities to allow fracking and factory farms within their boundaries.

      If you look at some of their writings, the Constitutional framers talk about setting up the electoral college for president (and the Senate until 1913) to protect the business and property classes from “the rabble.” I think it still operates more in the interest of corporations than states.

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