Paul Krugman @paulkrugman There’s a lot of angry back and forth about how this happened, and I understand the motivation. But it’s an argument that nobody will win
What we can say is that one contributor was an incredible case of media failure, which went far beyond false equivalence
For one thing: when people say that HRC could have won if she had taken different policy positions, how was that supposed to have worked?
The news media devoted almost no time to policy, and literally zero to the most important issue, climate. How cld policy have mattered?
What was covered, endlessly, was emails — a bullshit issue, of zero relevance. More broadly, there was a sniggering hostility to HRC
And then there was the way media allowed themselves to be played by Wikileaks, Comey, etc when it was obvious what was happening I’m not saying that this media fail was the whole story. But it was a *systematic* failure — and it will probably happen again
Trying to understand why that happened seems to me a lot more important than second-guessing campaign strategy. But here’s my worry
My guess is that very few of the editors, etc who did this will admit to themselves, or anyone else, that they did anything wrong
The top 20 fake news stories outperformed real news at the end of the 2016 campaign. Facebook’s massive fake news problem, in one chart. vox.com