The Death of the Media
This story in Tiger Beat on the Potomac (thanks Charlie!) is everything:
“President Donald Trump’s attacks on the mainstream media may be rooted in statistical reality: An extensive review of subscription data and election results shows that Trump outperformed the previous Republican nominee, Mitt Romney, in counties with the lowest numbers of news subscribers, but didn’t do nearly as well in areas with heavier circulation.
“…The results show a clear correlation between low subscription rates and Trump’s success in the 2016 election, both against Hillary Clinton and when compared to Romney in 2012. Those links were statistically significant even when accounting for other factors that likely influenced voter choices, such as college education and employment, suggesting that the decline of local media sources by itself may have played a role in the election results…
“I doubt I would be here if it weren’t for social media, to be honest with you,” Trump told Fox Business Network in October. Without it, he said at the time, he “would never … get the word out.”
As we all know, correlation is not causation. But it does allow a certain amount of support to the idea that the Know-Nothings actually don’t know anything.
Comrade Stupid use of Fox News and Faceberg seems to have been enough. This is how democracy dies, folks.
Anyway it is a great read, and kudos to Tiger Beat.