Journalists increasingly don’t even believe in the possibility of reasoned disagreement, and as such ascribe cynical motives to those who think about things a different way. We see this in the ongoing veneration of “facts,” the ones peddled by explainer websites and data journalists who believe themselves to be curiously post-ideological.
That the explainers and data journalists so frequently get things hilariously wrong never invites the soul-searching you’d think it would. Instead, it all just somehow leads us to more smugness, more meanness, more certainty from the reporters and pundits. Faced with defeat, we retreat further into our bubble, assumptions left unchecked. No, it’s the voters who are wrong.
To be clear, FLG, reluctantly, very reluctantly, voted for her. But he certainly doesn't think the end of the world is nigh. (Just as he didn't think the oceans would recede, the world would heal, and wars would stop when Obama was elected.) However, that the media and smug lefty pundits will get a wake-up call, if they bother to pick up the phone instead of sleeping through it, is a huge silver lining.