Monday, November 14, 2016

US Election Coverage Is a Wake Up Call for Israel’s Supporters - by Pesach Benson

...consider one last question. With the news industry admitting it blew the biggest story of 2016, isn’t it just possible that journalists are just as capable of having botched other areas of coverage, be it Brexit, nuclear Iran, the Arab Spring, Russia’s rise, the war in Iraq, the economy, issues of race, gender, sexuality, or, of course, Israel and the Palestinians?

Pesach Benson..
Honest Reporting..
13 November '16..

The dust is still settling on the most divisive presidential election campaign in recent memory.

Shocking not just the US but the rest of the world, Donald Trump will be the next president of the United States.

There’s a lot of media introspection (or more aptly, post-mortems) as editors and journalists try to figure out why they didn’t see this coming. Some of the chatter is very relevant for those of us who support Israel.

So where did the media go wrong? Journalists didn’t take Trump seriously, nor did they appreciate the depth of American anger at “the establishment.” Polls failed or were misinterpreted. The list goes on.

And in a Dewey defeats Truman moment, the Newsweek brand took a hit when a special commemorative issue was prematurely released featuring Hillary Clinton on the cover with the words, “Madam President.” Thousands of copies had to be recalled.

“Like everybody else, we got it wrong,” said Tony Romando, CEO of Topix Media, the Newsweek partner which produces special issues under the popular brand.

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