We Must Demand Pundit Accountability
We’ve just witnessed one of the most systematic, broad-based, universal failures of journalism/commentary in world history. That sounds hyperbolic, but it’s not: the American media’s analysis of the Donald Trump rise to power was catastrophically wrong, at every turn, from start to finish.
In the coming days and weeks, I’m going to document these failures, so as to preserve them for posterity. It’s not simply to be vindictive, or to embarrass people who got things incorrect. We all make mistakes. But it’s crucial to acknowledge our errors and account for them. And when you have such flagrant system-wide error as is evident in the case of Trump, some kind of dramatic reordering is needed.
So the purpose of this short post is to show my cards: I think I’ve been roughly correct in much of what I forecast about the 2016 race. Where I erred, I’ll admit it.
For starters, I thought Ted Cruz was the clear front-runner for the GOP nomination before Trump entered the race. Though this wasn’t borne out, I was among the few who accurately predicted that Cruz would be a viable electoral force. He ended up being the runner-up for the nomination, which not many pundits predicted. (Many didn’t even think he would run, but I knew he would since the 2013 government shutdown.)
MY TED CRUZ PREDICTIONS:
After announcing his campaign for the presidency Monday morning at Liberty University, Ted Cruz bowed his head in…newrepublic.com
Ted Cruz 2016 is very real. He's running. He's the GOP front-runner. And he can beat Hillary. The Texas senator has…www.nydailynews.com
The following assertion may not seem immediately intuitive, but I believe it to be true: Ted Cruz is the current front…www.theamericanconservative.com
I’m going to skip ahead a bit now to the general election. Lots of people said the debates would be game-changers. Hillary supposedly “won” all the debates, and this was taken by pundits as a sure sign that she was destined for victory. Remember?
Remember when everyone said the “Access Hollywood” tape would sink Trump?
Remember when Democratic partisans propagated the lie that Bernie Sanders supporters had united in lockstep behind Hillary?
Remember when it was denied wholesale that any significant portion of Bernie supporters would back Trump?
BLUE CIVIL WAR Hillary Clinton was frequently on the offensive at her first face-off with Donald Trump, but she had no…www.thedailybeast.com
Remember when it was denied that the US media’s obliviousness with regard to Trump was analogous to the UK media’s with regard to Brexit?
OUT-OF-TOUCH A few weeks ago, Hillary Clinton 's campaign manager Robby Mook went on national television and declared:…www.thedailybeast.com
Remember when people denied that the LA Times poll had any credibility?
Remember when people denied that Hillary’s “deplorables” sneer damaged her standing with working class whites?
When Hillary Clinton declared at a high-dollar fundraiser earlier this month that half of Donald Trump's supporters…www.vice.com
Remember when it was denied that black voters would likely abandon Hillary in sizable numbers?
Remember when it was denied that Hillary was under FBI criminal investigation, and that this fact could hurt her in the general election?
And finally, remember when people insisted that it was ludicrous to posit that Trump’s odds of victory were higher than popularly assumed?
So that’s just a cursory selection. I’m happy to compare it with others’ track records. I look forward to going back and retrieving evidence of pundit failure.