Throughout this election season, the media have been bombarding the public with figures and statistics that were all wrong! We, the public were led to believe that although there were Donald Trump supporters out there and that yes he would win the more traditionally republican states. We were overwhelmed with figures that put Hillary Clinton so far ahead in the presidential race. As far as we were concerned, she had it in the bag. What we were expecting Tuesday night was a map that lit up blue. Blue for the democrats, blue for the first female president of the United States of America, Hillary Clinton. However, this was not the case and as the night drew on and the hours passed, watching the map flood red, it became clear that the media had gotten it all wrong.
All those polls and statistics we were fed for over a year were not an accurate representation of what a majority of the American people were thinking and feeling. Whether they changed their minds or whether large portions of the population that did not usually vote came out in droves to support the new president elect is unclear. Maybe the Clinton supporters got comfortable and decided that it was really not worth the effort because we all thought she was going to win anyway. One thing that we know for sure is that nobody took into account the thousands if not tens of thousands of people who mockingly wrote in a deceased gorilla named Harambe as their candidate.
Whatever went wrong this year, the fact is the media let a lot of people down that day. They let down the little girls who had always dreamed of being president, but had yet to see it happen, they let down the population of women who were victims of sexual assault, the minority groups Trump had labelled rapists, the immigrants and refugees that are soon to be no longer welcome in the USA, the muslims he labelled as terrorists and the LGBTQIA community whose rights both Trump and his VP Mike Pence wish to strip away. However, for each tear shed at the loss of Clinton and the possible fear of everything that a Trump presidency meant, was a celebration for change. That is one thing that is guaranteed, a lot will change in the US whether we like it or not. Over the next four years we can only hope a few things will stay the same and that the country will continue to uphold “justice and liberty” for all. The media on the other hand needs to reevaluate the way they tackle elections in the future and their coverage. I really hope that next time, they don’t get it so terribly wrong.
Image: Paul Combs, Washington Times