President-elect Donald Trump: The Media Got it Wrong! – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

President-elect Donald Trump: The Media Got it Wrong!

By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Donald Trump

Donald Trump

The media kept telling us what the candidates were doing but failed to report on what ordinary people were thinking. There were only six newspapers in America that endorsed Donald Trump while eighty went for Hillary Clinton. This makes Trump’s victory even more stunning.

The pollsters got it totally wrong. They were forced to backpedal and change their tune. Nate Silver with all his polling experience couldn’t see a Trump victory. But America has had its Brexit moment. People are fed up with the Establishment.

We were told that Clinton was sitting pretty. The media gave the impression that she had already won and we were just going through the motions. But Silver and others were wrong. Trump’s internal poll showed that many voters were angry with the business-as-usual politics in Washington and wanted change. 

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  • Clyde Duncan  On November 13, 2016 at 5:39 am

    “The media kept telling us what the candidates were doing but failed to report on what ordinary people were thinking.”

    Doctor Narine, I would like to respectfully amend that to read: The media …. INTENTIONALLY failed to report on what ordinary people were thinking.

    A young reporter at MSNBC said that everywhere she went she saw Trump signs and small Hillary Clinton rallies; but she was shut down about reporting it.

    It is NOT that the media did not see or observe or hear what was happening around them – the media decides what we think about and talk about all day – every day – until we are alone in the voting booth.

    The uninformed and intentionally misinformed electorate is you and me.

    I listened to a black reporter from Toronto many years ago say that after he writes and submits his essay to the Editor, even he does not recognize what he wrote. The news, at the time, was not intended for us – we are not the targeted readership – what they write about and talk about – people of colour, LGBTQ, women, immigrants and so on – must be couched in controversy.

    Okay, today it is Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump ….

    “The pollsters got it totally wrong.” Somewhere on this blog Allan Lichtman, the Historian who predicted a Donald Trump victory, observed that Nate Silver is a clerk NOT an analyst – enough said about that.

    “Did the media make a mistake or was it deliberate?” – Go figure!!

    “… The media did not take into account one important factor …” – I submit they did, but the media was ultimately defeated by gerrymandering.

    All we need now is for 38-brave FAITHLESS souls to show up for the Electoral College Vote on the FIRST Monday after the SECOND Wednesday in December – H-O-R-R-O-R-S, Dr. Narine!!

  • samdfb1  On November 13, 2016 at 6:29 am

    Clyde-I must respectfully disagree. While the media is a powerful force indeed- it does not dictate to us- the public-what we are to believe. If you think you are uninformed intentionally ( by the media)perhaps it is high time to switch to a more credible news source like BBC, The Times or The Guardian. Just a thought. Cheers

  • demerwater  On November 13, 2016 at 6:46 am

    My opinion is that the science/art of statistics and its methods have been ‘cheapened’.
    The pyramid of a statistical study has the “sample” at the base. The utmost care must be taken to ensure that the sample is truly representative of the population under examination. I was fortunate to obtain some experience in designing a ‘survey sheet’, take the (house to house) survey and test the accuracy of the conclusions. Whatever I know about this subject, I learnt at Uitvlugt from stalwarts like Nick Le Poidevin and Balgit Ramdin. Fritz McLean came much later.
    So please pardon my impatience with “survey says!”, “clinical studies show” etc. Even “University Experiments” have fallen from grace. Financing by big business often taint the results.
    My bias for President Obama and the ‘legacy thing’ over rode my thoughtfulness; I got carried away in the current of ‘newspaper endorsements’, polls and journalists – and tumbled over and down the waterfall of distraction.
    I am at what they call, an inflexion point.
    So watch out, Chuck Todd, David Gregory, Rachael Maddow and Lawrence O’Donnell. I have picked myself up, dried out my clothes and myself and will be ever more vigilant.

    • Tata  On November 15, 2016 at 12:19 am

      Clyde, you are excused. However, this has to be very painful because you’ve weighed your own fiery campaign against Trump on this blog and lost. Notwithstanding the fact, that the media was a campaign tool for the Democratic Party and drove fear in anyone who supported Trump. Now that the election is over, the “thugs” are out on the streets again. This time, they are claiming to be victims of the same people they victimize during this election. All the while, the thugs who pulled and brutally beat a white man because they believed he voted Trump has not been found and charged.
      America is truly a divided country and this election has proven that racism comes in every color and religion.

  • Clyde Duncan  On November 14, 2016 at 9:32 pm

    Donald Trump has pulled off “the biggest con possible”, and may leave many in the United States like “roadkill” – Jill Harth, one of the first women to accuse him of sexual assault has told The Guardian – UK

    Jill Harth, a former business partner of Trump’s, claims the incoming president cornered her in 1993 during a purported “tour” of his Mar-a-Lago estate, pushing her up against the wall in one of the children’s rooms and groping her.

    Her lawsuit against him alleging “attempted rape” has been on the books since she filed it in 1997, and though she later dropped the charges, she has always stood by her story.

    “I’m still trying to wrap my head around the fact that the man who used to get annoyed at me for being so respectful and friendly to ‘the help’ and who introduced me to people by how many millions they were worth is now the president of the United States of America,” Harth told the Guardian.

    “I watched him judge women solely on their youthful looks and attractiveness to him whether they were in a beauty contest or not.

    He was elected by hard-working, blue-collar workers and women: the same people he showed utter disdain for when I worked with him and spent time with him on a personal level.

    “Trump will always be a cartoon character to me,” she continued, “all show and no go. He pulled off the biggest con possible. Now time will tell what happens next. I’m hoping for the best, I really am, but afraid he will leave many of us as roadkill.”

    She added that she was “saddened” that voters had fallen for “his superficial tough guy act”, explaining that the biggest laugh to her was how “loyal” Trump is supposed to be, misinformation she said the media had helped spread.

    “I personally witnessed and experienced the opposite from him. He promised big things and never delivered. He turned on and hurt me and other friends and colleagues who were good to him, helped him, did what they promised they would do and were loyal and supportive to him. He used me [and] my colleagues for his own purpose and is now using the American people to get the power and adulation he always craved.”

    Harth’s lawyer Lisa Bloom, who tweeted in the wake of the election result that Trump’s victory was “a major blow to feminism”, reiterated an offer she first made in October, when Trump first vowed to sue the numerous women who came forward in the final weeks of the election to say he had sexually mistreated them.

    “I will proudly represent any woman sued by Mr Trump for speaking out truthfully about his sexual misconduct.

  • Tata  On November 15, 2016 at 2:38 pm

    Clyde, I am not a person of faith but because of my overwhelming curiosity to understand the world, I occasionally revisit the Bible to get a better perspective on my view of the history. One of the things I love to do is, pick apart and analyze scriptures in the Bible and then relate them to every day life ( Bob Marley gave us a sample of this in his songs). So, I’ve delved into the readings of Revelation, Exodus, Hebrews and some others and a little phrase from Hebrews: 11.1 caught my eyes, which reads:

    “Faith is substance of things hoped for, the evil of things not seen”.

    More important for us to understand about Trump’s victory and all other elections before this, is that politics is a SUBSTANCE OF THINGS HOPED FOR, THE EVIL OF THINGS NOT SEEN. More important, the truth during a heated and nasty campaign like this one, the facts gets lost in translation. People listened only to the noise but no one paid attention to the message. Politician make promises all the time and this is also true of President Obama, who could not complete the promises he made to the American people. So, Trump may have some of those challenges. However, we cannot allow the media to dictate our ever way of life. You know, Prophet Jude warned us about false teachers, whom history have well documented.
    Even Today, in spite of Trump’s victory, the MEDIA is at it again. They would not accept defeat but continue to fan the flame of fear among people of good will.
    This election was about people who just cannot carry the burden of the world on their shoulders anymore. This is the man and woman who have worked all their lives but have nothing to show for it. This is about losing your home to foreclosure, this is about racking up thousands of federal dollars in student loan debt and not finding a solution to repaying this burden. This is about illegal immigration that is a burden on society. This about standing on your feet each day for 12 hours and looking at your paycheck in diminished numbers.
    This about people jumping the line and believing it is OK. This is about coming to America 7 months pregnant just to have an American child. It is unfair to overstay your visitor’s visa when families are waiting 15 years and more to join loved ones here in the US. It is UNFAIR for those of you who believe coming to America and living off the lifeblood of those who work, pay taxes and follow the rule of law.
    Hey! Hey! One illegal who has been in this country some 20 years, told me she has paid taxes for the past 7 years. However, she makes over $1.000.00 a week as a live-in nanny but fudged her paper work to show she makes $150.00 per week. This is why Trump won. He saw what we felt all these years and was afraid to say because of the backlash he now experience. We are tired of being raped by selfish people who believe America is their PIGGYBANK and is willing to play the racist and sympathetic card. And please, I am Guyanese, who follows the rule of law and love this country and all it stands for but do not want to live in a disunited society.

    Donald Trump…..trumped the election. So please, let us all move forward in support of his historical victory.

    Hillary Clinton lost because the African American base did not show up.

  • Clyde Duncan  On November 15, 2016 at 4:46 pm

    Tata: I hear you! EXCEPT, the election is an on-going saga in the USA. In 2-years time, there will be more elections and the losers will be looking to up-end the majority vote of November 2016.

    That is moving on!!

  • Clyde Duncan  On November 15, 2016 at 5:18 pm

    Here is some more from another blog:

    As the saying goes – NOT because a man is going down the wrong road means he is LOST …

    Hi Guys:

    For those of you who are interested in knowing down which road Trump and his Team is heading, read this. We may not need to give him too much time in office to see where he will take the country. He might make the Clintons look like Altar Boy & Girl in the back pew of the Sacred Church of Corruption.

    Stay tuned. You might not have to wait long to see the true spots on this leopard called Trump.

    The way I see it.

    Greg.

    PS: What I truly like about Trump is his pure bare-faceness, the world be damned.

    .
    http://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2016/11/14/13608960/donald-trump-conflicts-of-interest-corruption

  • Clyde Duncan  On November 17, 2016 at 5:04 pm

    Trevor Noah at the Republican Convention

    – You cannot shame Donald Trump – The man is shameless …

  • Clyde Duncan  On November 19, 2016 at 2:38 pm

    An Updated “First They Came For …” Poem
    – Posted in Daily Kos by Walter Einenkel

    The famous poem written by Pastor Martin Niemöller about the cowardice of the intellectuals of his time in normalizing the Nazi Party’s rise in Germany in the 1930s.

    First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out because I was not a Socialist.

    Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out because I was not a Trade Unionist.

    Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out because I was not a Jew.

    Then they came for me – and there was no one left to speak for me.

    There have been numerous variations of this poem and last week Raphael
    Bob-Waksberg wrote this on his Twitter account.

    First he came for the Muslim-Americans, and I said “Guys, let’s take a wait-and-see approach here.”

    Then he came for the Mexican-Americans, and I said, “Let’s not be sore losers just because the other guy won.”

    Then he came for the press, and I said, “What makes this country great is our peaceful transitions of power.”

    Then he came for the women, and I said, “Try to have some compassion for the frustrations of the other side.”

    Then he came for the black community, and I said, “I know it sucks, but wait four years.”

    Then he came for me, and I said, “How could this have happened? ….. I did everything I could.”

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