The Watergate Syndrome

A comment I just left on a Facebook post:

I call it the Watergate Syndrome. Since Watergate and the admiring movie made about Woodward and Bernstein, the stock of journalists in America has been very high. And they have revelled in this. Also, they increasingly came to see themselves as crusaders, usually for the Left. And kingmakers. They saw their role recently as quite simple. Win the election for Clinton. Make history.

And so, confirmation bias and self-delusion.

The moment I started to feel that Trump had a real chance was when the early Florida results were going to Trump. And the liberal media said, oh, don’t worry, we interviewed those Republicans and 25% said they were voting for Hillary. And I thought, oh, yeah …

2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Felix Moore on November 26, 2016 at 9:25 am

  2. Posted by RichardP on November 27, 2016 at 9:05 pm

    I was baffled by the idiot-speak Trump displayed during and after the primaries – because Trump is no idiot. Then I saw the that the number of Republicans who voted in the primaries was about equal to the number of Democrats who voted. It occurred to me that someone had advised Trump to go after a group of folks who were eligible to vote in the general election but that rarely voted (loosely called the “uneducated white male”). And it occurred to me that if Trump could actually mobilize this group to vote that he would probably win (assuming that all Republicans who voted in the primaries would also vote in the general election). And being “business as usually” would not motivate this group to vote. Hence the crazy Trump schtick. Seems to have worked.


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