Republicans weren’t the only ones caught off guard by the lack of a Red Tsunami—the media narrative this election cycle. Our Failed Political Press ™ —with very few exceptions— have moved on from their complete and utter failure to see the story right in front of them.
A sample of the headlines pre-Tuesday:
- The bottom is dropping out of the 2022 election for Democrats
- Democrats, on Defense in Blue States, Brace for a Red Wave in the House
- Red tsunami watch
- The Republican wave is building fast
- Democrats fear midterm drubbing as party leaders rush to defend blue seats
- Why the midterms are going to be great for Donald Trump
- Breaking down the GOP’s midterm momentum
- Democrats confront their nightmare scenario on election eve as economic concerns overshadow abortion and democracy worries
Fox News was more flummoxed than most:
“There’s just not the hatred for Joe Biden that there is for Barack Obama and for the Clintons. There’s not a hate-Biden vote that’s out there – when you go and Trump’s on the ballot, there’s that hate-Trump Democrat vote,” he said. “People just don’t feel the same passion against the guy.”
—Jesse Watters explains how they got it so wrong.
As you can see, the Pundits were talking to each other inside the beltway (and complementing each other for agreeing with each other’s brilliance) and not talking to us, the stinky peoples.
If you wonder how they could get it so wrong, well, here’s a clue:
We’ve long said that one of our media reforms really ought to be some diversity in the newsrooms. If our elite press looked more like America today (and less like ‘50s television shows), some of the built-in biases might be shaken out. But as long as pundits look like David Brooks, we will continue to have David Brooks-level failures.
“You had one job…” joke format comes to mind.
If you or I had failed as miserably at our jobs, we would be given the ol’ cheese sandwich and a roadmap, but our pundits are going to be just fine, as they are in the Club and we are not.