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Harry Cassin
Publisher and Editor

Andy Spalding
Senior Editor

Jessica Tillipman
Senior Editor

Bill Steinman
Senior Editor

Richard L. Cassin
Editor at Large

Elizabeth K. Spahn
Editor Emeritus

Cody Worthington
Contributing Editor

Julie DiMauro
Contributing Editor

Thomas Fox
Contributing Editor

Marc Alain Bohn
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Bill Waite
Contributing Editor

Russell A. Stamets
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Richard Bistrong
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Eric Carlson
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After Tuesday, the media looks back: ‘I ate the worst meatball of my life’

Now it’s time for a painful but healthy exercise, when those in the media business look back over the past two years.

We’re not political at the FCPA Blog. But we’re part of the media, sort of. So we watched the media during the recent campaign.

Maybe the best thing to say today is that it’s good some of the media heavyweights still have their sense of humor.

The folks at Bloomberg Politics, for example, just posted what they found.

They said: “After a grueling two-year campaign cycle, we dug through the electoral rubble to find out what the f— happened.”

Here’s the result:


Richard L. Cassin is the publisher and editor of the FCPA Blog.

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  1. What happened is simple: liberal bias + denial of liberal bias = not seeing what was coming. I didn't vote for Trump (or Clinton) but the media treated Trump the same way they treated Romney in 2012, McCain in 2008, Bush in 2000 and 2004, and every Republican for the last 70 years. We're all human beings and we all have biases; it would be nice if you in the media would actually admit yours.

  2. Can the right please knock it off with the "liberal media bias" nonsense? Compared to FauxNews, most MSM outlets look like the Oracles of Delphi. Is it because MSM doesn't buy into the altered reality of Breitbart, Town Hall, FauxNews and the thousand other parts of the right wing lie machine? To illustrate the difference, here's how this story would be handled – NYT: "Obama cures cancer" FauxNews: "Obama fires oncologists, economic effects likely disastrous". I made a concerted effort to pay attention to the right wing outlets during this election cycle, to test my views of its detestable candidate, and I was astonished to find that they exceeded my already low expectations for truth, fairness and a connection to the reality the rest of the sane world shares on a daily, sometimes hourly basis. I can't wait to see what happens when the folks who voted for this guy find out they got sold a large bucket of something unpleasant. HIs early announcements of who's being considered for his cabinet positions is already a list of the tired, failed second-string acolytes of every last world disaster of the Bush years.

  3. The reality, that is even more pronounced now with the protests is that American's continue to accept what really got us to this point. WE have refused to address the NeoLiberal NeoConservative foreign policies that allow regime change, 65 million global refugees and Panama Papers corruption to be acceptable.

    We collectively refuse to consider how widespread and significant corruption is in the way American business is conducted. Many find spoken words more objectionable than the "collateral damage" deaths of women and children. We created the media monster and based on the level of street protest we collectively have failed to learn from our history so we will continue to pick at the festering wounds of our own making. We still live as if corruption is good for business (unless you get caught) and the business of endless war is good if you're in the war business and don't have to launch the "collateral damage" drone missal into another hospital or house full of women and children.

    We have a lot more important issues to address as a country besides our addiction to made up 24/7 news that is fails to be independent of advertisers bias.

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