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The Lessons of 2016

The Lessons of 2016

Update: 2020-01-3169
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The media’s coverage of the 2016 presidential campaign has come to be criticized for operating under three key assumptions: that Hillary Clinton was certain to be the Democratic nominee, that Donald Trump was unlikely to be the Republican nominee, and that once Clinton and Trump had become their party’s nominees, she would win.

With voting for 2020 set to begin in Iowa on Monday, “The Daily” sat down with Dean Baquet, the executive editor of The New York Times, to discuss the lessons he — and the organization — learned from 2016. For more information on today’s episode, visit nytimes.com/thedaily. 

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Sasha Anne Lyn

No lessons were learned by Dean Baquet who defends away every single decision with a lengthy justification. An executive is responsible for implementing details while retaining a macro view of the papers influence on Liberal spirit. The NYT has never only reflected public view but has a longtime place of prominence its ability to direct opinion "...worldwide influence and readership..founded in 1851..." It does far more than 'publish all stories'. This was an exercise in walking the tightrope by interviewing your Boss with a fragile ago. It would have been more interesting to hear Baquet admitted to their errors he felt he made, explain why and how this experience has changed his perspective and working style. Instead we hear a lot of wet noodle discourse. 'I wrote the huge electoral Trump win in one night because there was nothing even prepared' (nervous laughter) ' I guess the paper is flawed..' I mean...this does not inspire confidence and I'm glad I dont work for someone who wont look at themself.

Feb 4th
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Haavard

they still dont get it att all this is just insane

Feb 2nd
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William

The Times should own it. They collaborated with the DNC (if not actually colluded) to cheat Bernie out of a fair nomination process.

Feb 1st
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Markus Mayer

This is from Sep 8, 2016 - David Cay Johnston, "The Making of Donald Trump" - n his detailed account of Donald Trump’s astonishing political success, Johnston, an award-winning New York Times investigative journalist and currently a columnist for USA Today, looks closely at Trump’s business practices, his associates, and his family background. Johnston sheds light on many of Trump’s beliefs, delving into his father’s Ku Klux Klan involvement and into Trump’s own ties with organized crime, as well as laying out how Trump has actually managed real estate, run casinos, and experienced numerous bankruptcies even while amassing huge wealth. - Have we learned anything? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=19KI_2X2Sfs&feature=share

Feb 1st
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Chelsea Carter

True objectivity would outline who exactly is telling the truth and who is lying. Not doing this has led to the inability of American children to tell opinion from fact. If you were truly objective you would state when someone is lying no matter what side they are on, if it seems to come more often from one side then the public will know and be able to make a more informed decision.

Jan 31st
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Lauren Half

Journalists should ask the right questions to encourage readers to make their own educated decisions, not outright tell people how to think.

Jan 31st
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Markus Mayer

OMG - 100% a OK Boomer moment - The Times living in a 'gone times' bubble is still not getting it. 2016 pushing Clinton now pushing Trump through free coverage and ignorant both-sideism. 1933 we are back. The Times Daily is an exception.

Jan 31st
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Bob Cahill

excellent episode.. thanks

Jan 31st
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Chris

"NYT reports that an extremely reliable anonymous source in the House says that House Managers sabotaged the impeachment trial and intentionally made misleading and incomplete arguments, as to increase the chances that additional witnesses and documents were voted down. They felt Trump would have benefited with new witnesses and Biden would have been damaged in the primary and general election. Also, they are hoping this energizes the Democratic base."

Jan 31st
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The Lessons of 2016

The Lessons of 2016