Accuracy in Media

MSNBC’s Morning Joe co-host Joe Scarborough and contributor Mark Halperin ripped The New York Times for its post-election headline that focused on the disappointment of liberals at Trump’s victory, rather than the victory itself.

Both Scarborough and Halperin said that while they “love The New York Times,” they couldn’t understand why the paper chose to run the front-page headline, “Democrats, Students and Foreign Allies Face the Reality of a Trump Presidency,” the morning after Trump’s surprise—to liberals and the media—victory over one that would have been more positive.

Halperin suggested that the Times could have run something like, “Disaffected Americans Have a Champion Going to the White House,” or, “The Country Votes for Fundamental Change.” He said that it was “amazing that they instead chose to write a headline that reflects how disappointed the friends of the people who run the Times are at Trump’s win.”

Holding up a copy of Thursday’s paper, Scarborough said the headline was “staggering,” while Halperin likened it to something that one would see in the satirical paper The Onion.

“They don’t get it,” Scarborough said. “This is actually a Saturday Night Live skit. You went to a cocktail party the night before, and you decided to write this.”

Halperin also noted that if a Democrat had won red states—remember the media getting all excited about Hillary’s chances in Utah, Arizona and Georgia?—like Trump won the blue states of Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, it would have been a different story.

“If a Democratic candidate who was thought to have a 10 percent chance of winning by The New York Times that ended up winning, and winning red states as Trump won blue states, I don’t think that would have been the headline,” Halperin said. “And I’ll just say again, the responsibility of journalists is to not report on their biases. It’s to go out and understand the country through the prism of the election and say, ‘Why are people feeling the way they’re feeling?’”

What was left of the media’s credibility was shot after their disastrous election miss, and headlines like the one the Times ran certainly won’t help them regain it.

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