In one of the better post-election analyses trying to explain why the mainstream media wrongly claimed Hillary Clinton had the election locked-up, Nate Silver of Five Thirty Eight detailed a fundamentally broken media establishment.
In his piece, “There Really Was A Liberal Media Bubble,” Silver explains that one of the major flaws of political journalism in the United States is that it runs on groupthink centered around media conglomerates in New York and Washington. Thanks to the decline in local newspapers and independent blogs, there are no longer serious checks on this “Northeast Corridor conventional wisdom run amok.”
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