Who's really in the bubble: Liberals or conservatives? | The Tylt
Who's really in the bubble: Liberals or conservatives?
The mainstream media's complete miss of Donald Trump's victory is perhaps the strongest indictment of liberal America's bubble and how disconnected they are from reality, as Nate Silver (who also got it wrong) wrote this week:
Much of The New York Times’s coverage...implied that Clinton’s odds were close to 100 percent. In an article on Oct. 17—more than three weeks before Election Day—they portrayed the race as being effectively over.
David Mascriota agrees that the left wing inhabits a bubble—but that it's actually more permeable and less biased than the one rural white Christian America lives in:
With typical idiocy and hypocrisy, American culture has issued a one-way, exclusive indictment against isolation for liberals and no one else.
In the wake of a stunning defeat, many say liberals need to seek out broader sources of news and information. With American media hubs located on the coasts, and social media feeds customized to show users opinions they already agree with, many are exhorting the left to get outside their echo chamber if they are ever going to understand why Trump won.
I stepped out of my liberal bubble to start reading right-wing news—and it's made me a better progressive — Quartz https://t.co/dK0sJMQ2aS
At AlterNet, a writer who "grew up in rural Christian white America" says it's conservatives whose bubble is impenetrable—and whose belief system is divorced from reality:
"Telling 'urban elites' they need to understand rural Americans isn’t going to lead to a damn thing because it misses the causes of the problem....rural Christian white Americans are entrenched in fundamentalist belief systems; don’t trust people outside their tribe; have been force-fed a diet of misinformation and lies for decades."
It is much of white working class America that needs to reach outside its comfort zone and meet people not like them.
Gracy Olmstead at the Federalist thinks the election was the mainstream media's wake-up call:
A majority of the mainstream media expected a Clinton victory....Then their expectation turned to consternation, as Trump took the lead. They floundered, as they realized (perhaps some of them for the first time) how little they knew or understood the average American.
But critics say too many in the media are conflating white Midwestern America with "the average American." Since when are Brooklyn, Detroit, Miami, or Chicago and their denizens not "real America" or typical Americans?
Clinton voters see "average Americans" & black Americans in the same boat (because black ppl *are* average Americans). Trump voters do not. https://t.co/QNSr9RiJGE