A ‘Dewey Defeats Truman’ Lesson for the Digital Age

If we were surprised Tuesday night, it was because journalism failed us. As reported in the NY Times, every major source forecasted the Clinton win for which the establishment desperately hoped.screen-shot-2016-11-09-at-1-00-03-pm

Screen-Shot-2016-11-09-at-12.52.35-PM-1No one predicted a night like this — that Donald J. Trump would pull off a stunning upset over Hillary Clinton and win the presidency. The misfire on Tuesday night was about a lot more than a failure in polling. It was a failure to capture the boiling anger of a large portion of the American electorate that feels left behind by a selective recovery, betrayed by trade deals that they see as threats to their jobs and disrespected by establishment Washington, Wall Street and the mainstream media. | Journalists didn’t question the polling data when it confirmed their gut feeling that Mr. Trump could never in a million years pull it off. They portrayed Trump supporters who still believed he had a shot as being out of touch with reality. In the end, it was the other way around. —New York Times

One thought on “A ‘Dewey Defeats Truman’ Lesson for the Digital Age

  1. Silver didn’t exactly predict this, but he gave Trump a much higher chance to win and said this election was very unpredictable and high-variance, with nearly as much chance of a Trump landslide as a Clinton one. And he attacked low-variance aggregators like Wang’s.

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