Hello No Knothing — like how you portmanteaud ( is this a word? ) what seems to be ‘knowledge’ and ‘nothing’. Anyhow,

Yes, it may seem like a cop out, but the actual phrase reads:

“…the question is being asked about journalism’s epic failure in not seeing the greatest presidential upset ever, Trump’s victory”.

I was actually taken by many others asking the question. I cite one in the article — Rachel from the Bureau. That said, I won’t deny I was intrigued as in our Brexit vote I did question why mainstream didn’t see this.

My own myopic view is fashioned by far more cleverer people than me. It hints at a calamitous development in journalism that perhaps because of time, the advent of pcs, competition, etc., news journalism forgets that putting people on the ground and letting them stay there (unfortunately money becomes an issue) reveals a deeper understanding of issues rather than parachute journalism.

The real, or if you would allow me to say, one of the real issues with news is indeed bias. Yet, sadly it’s always been an issue. From it’s very beginnings, as documented in Andrew Marr’s My Trade, to the spat between the two giants Pulitzer’s New York Worldand Randolph Hearst’s New York Journal. In television it’s potential to become overt became an issue as soon as vested interest groups took ownership of stations. Whether we the viewers spot it more now because as a society we’re more news literate or less deferential to news I have no evidence, but if journalists in possession of knowledge can’t be allowed to question those that have the wherewithal to afflict us, then who will?

And the polls, your parenthesis gives me the grace to bail out on that, as your “Criminalized” says you possess more knowledge on this that I can’t be aware of. That said, who indeed would tell a pollster.

It reminds me of a story told by a UK journo whom at the hight court on a sentencing says he witnessed the defendant make a gun sign at the judge. A couple of people saw it too, he says. After the hearing, all the journos got into a huddle to compare notes and form an opinion. A gun sign? No! The defendant was putting a thumbs up to the judge. This one reporter, though would stick by his story, adamant that’s what he saw with his own two eyes. He almost lost his job, I recall him saying. Some pollsters have similar traits. They sample for feedback in similar constituents and resist going outside the club. Some households are known to pollsters as professional opinion givers.

Thanks for your comments. Now then, that’s my lot for a day’s work. I have a batch of student marking now to attend to :)

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