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    Donald Trump is shown on TV monitors in the media filing room on the campus of University of Nevada, Las Vegas, during the last 2016 U.S. presidential debate in Las Vegas, US, October 19, 2016.

    Donald Trump and the Humiliation of the MSM 'Experts'

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    Neil Clark

    Former MP George Galloway, had predicted a Trump win as far back as May 2016, as he had correctly predicted a "Leave" vote in the UK's EU referendum. But the "experts" in the US and UK mainstream media (MSM) - incidentally, often the same "experts" who told us Iraq had weapons of mass destruction in 2003 - knew better than our George.

    Galloway summed it up perfectly in one tweet, as it became clear that Donald J. Trump, against all the odds, was to become the 45th President of the United States of America:

    There was no way the unspeakably awful Donald Trump would prevail, the MSM assured us. A victory for the quite wonderful Hillary Clinton was a slam dunk. After all, everyone in our circle is going to vote for her! 

    Bill Kristol, the editor of the neocon Weekly Standard and a regular pundit on US television, scoffed at the idea that Trump would even win a single caucus or primary. 

    "Here's why Donald Trump won't win the Republican nomination" was the title of one piece in August 2015.

    Tom McCarthy said that while "knowledgeable people" thought Trump might get the nomination, "more knowledgeable people thought he wouldn't." And probably, by this logic, "the least knowledgeable people" of all thought Trump would not only win the nomination, but the White House as well. But we never heard from them. Except on channels like RT, whose "obscure pundits" — to coin a phrase of a particularly poisonous stalker, again outdid the "experts" we see regularly on elite-friendly programs like BBC's Newsnight.

    Then there's the pollsters.

    They were wrong about the 2015 UK general election, and they were wrong about the EU Referendum. And they were hopelessly wrong about the US Presidential election too. Not a single poll for instance, had Trump winning the state of Wisconsin

    In the last few days, almost all the polls showed significant leads for Hillary Clinton.

    Surely, after this latest debacle, no one can trust pollsters ever again. 

    Politicians too, with the exception of outside-the-tent populists like George Galloway and Nigel Farage, demonstrated how out of touch they were with public opinion.

    In August, Politico ran a piece entitled "GOP Insiders: Trump can't win."

    "Trump is underperforming so comprehensively… it would take video evidence of a smiling Hillary drowning a litter of puppies while terrorists surrounded her with chants of 'Death to America,' " was the verdict of an Iowa Republican.

    Well, guess what, that video evidence of Clinton as Cruella de Vil did not emerge, and The Donald still won.

    Throughout the summer we also had dire warnings in the US MSM that Trump was leading the GOP into oblivion. 

    Well, the Republicans now have the Presidency, the Senate and the House.

    Some oblivion, New York Times.

    As with Brexit "experts" in the US and UK, who are paid good money to "enlighten" us on political trends, didn't see the US election result coming.

    A plethora of articles appeared assuring us that "Trump can't win/Trump won't win." The fact that lots of people turned up at Trump's rallies proved nothing, opined the same "experts" who told us that the large crowds at Jeremy Corbyn rallies didn't mean anything either. 

    One London punter had the good sense to disregard these wise and learned articles.

    He put £200,000 (US$250,000) on a Trump victory — and won a cool half a million pounds. 

    The mutually back-slapping "pundits" who told us Trump couldn't win, met the "shock" result on the morning of November 9 with incredulity, anger — and in some cases four-letter profanities.

    One irate Oxford-educated columnist tweeted:

    "Just woke up. Jesus H Christ, America. What the f*** just done. You should be ashamed of yourselves." 

    The fact that ordinary US voters are being scolded by UK and US punditocracy for voting the "wrong way" shows us the massive disconnect between large sections of the MSM in both countries and the people. 

    Well-heeled media commentators, many of whom attended the same universities, seem dumbfounded that people who are not so well-off and not so privileged, don't see things in the same way as they do. 

    How many of those who pontificated on the US elections — and gave their "expert" opinions on how Trump couldn't possibly win — have actually spent any time in the "Rust Belt" or the poorest states of the deep south, or ever engaged with working-class Americans, struggling to make ends meet?

    If they had, they might just have anticipated what happened on election day. But they were all too busy massaging each other's egos on Twitter and predicting the result that they wanted to see, to hear the cries for change coming from the despised ‘little people', and whose opinions were ignored by  Establishment "experts" once again.

    Follow Neil Clark on Twitter @NeilClark66

    The views expressed in this article are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official position of Sputnik.


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    • DGSE
      I wish ALL the decent Humans on Twitter would inundate all the expert idiots en masse and bury them. Then continue it until "Inauguration Day". Everyday the MSM idiots should be buried under a landslide of their own hate-filled brain-dead predictions/tweets. Everyday their Twitter/email accounts should be filled to the point of being shut down. Now that would be fun.
      Alas ALL the a-hole so-called experts will be on the airwaves spewing their continued hatred. This isn't the first time ALL THE EXPERTS GOT IT WRONG. And YES, they will be there in 4 years displaying their same narcissistic, egomaniacal idiocy and hatred. Orwell's "Ministry of Truth" is alive and well.
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      Michael Hill
      I notice that on the postmortems of the election on NBC, CNN etc plus talk shows with democratic party leanings, no one mentions the Wikileaks emails or how rigged the FBI investigation into the Hillary emails seemed. None of these people who are complaining the results give anyone else credit for having a brain!
    • avatar
      I don't understand how Neil Clark isn't aware of the term "perception management' or the symptoms of the presence of perception management.

      ​‘US not in a hurry to protect journalists not echoing party line’

      US ‘perception management’ deceives public on foreign policy

      The "mistakes" Clark refers to were calculated risks and attempts to manipulate the voting public via ruthless manipulation. The Clinton media wasn't mistaken, but was trying to creating its own reality, and it failed,.
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      mzungu in Africa
      How can a reasonable person with much or at least some competence in public affairs use twitter? Well Trump does it also, I hope as President he will delete his account.
      Nowadays the work of politicians and their retinue comprises mostly twittering and emailing. And for this kind of work they get plenty of our taxed money. DISGUSTING!
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      Erik Trete
      The problem with all polls, even exit polls, is that such groups that answer polls are self selected. It seems that many of the people who voted for Trump don't answer polls. Such individuals get discarded by the pollsters as irrelevant, but on election day these discarded votes Ninja'd the MSM.
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      The msm was wrong? No. They outright lied to everyone again. They knew all along The Donald was way way ahead in every single state. They lied to us all and said The Donald can not win. Why do you stupid people keep supporting msm. By frequenting their websites that shows them support. BOYCOTT all msm. Shut off the tv. Cancel ALL subscriptions to any of their lying media. (time etc) Quit showing them support. And quit going to their websites and reading their lies. They need to be buried. They need to be shutoff. BOYCOTT THEM.
    • RedBannerin reply tojas(Show commentHide comment)
      "The Clinton media wasn't mistaken, but was trying to creating its own reality, and it failed."

      IMO you're right! That is most probably because they felt they were gonna lose that they created all these lies & propaganda!

      Hey, sometimes the People's voice & will wins ;)
    • RedBannerin reply tojimbogoofball(Show commentHide comment)
      "Shut off the tv. Cancel ALL subscriptions to any of their lying media. (time etc) Quit showing them support. And quit going to their websites and reading their lies. They need to be buried. They need to be shutoff. BOYCOTT THEM."

      Fully subscribe!
      It's been some years I did it, and I can confirm that is as if you recover your freedom of thought and it opens your eyes and mind to the real world!
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      R.I.P. MSM! You're absolutely insignificant now! Mark the date on the calendar that this is the date Trump woke the world up!
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      Concrete Mikein reply toRedBanner(Show commentHide comment)
      RedBanner, I'm also off thé msm diet, i keep my câble TV so i çan watch sports though lol. I notcied in 2012 that all msm was thé same sources, pushing same agenda. Its pretty easy, source: AP or Reuters. Done
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