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The day after election day, newspapers across America announced they were “Shocked,” “Dumbfounded,” “Stunned,” and “Flabbergasted,” at Donald Trump’s victory in the election. In this modern age of science how could they not know? How could the polls blow it? Etc., etc., yadda, yadda, yadda.

Here’s the truth the press still ignores, the polls didn’t blow it—the press didn’t know that Donald Trump was about to become president because the truth was blocked by their own arrogance. They were happy to listen to people within the closed community of the mainstream media, but refused to listen to people outside that exclusive community.  Donald Trump listened to the problems of middle America, he spoke to those problems, the press ignored those problems.

We are talking about the people in middle America whose lives have become a struggle—it became difficult to put food their tables and protect their families’ health and well-being, and for the first time in America –that uniquely American dream that if they work hard their children will have a better life than theirs has become a mere memory.

Middle America has been in great pain for a long time. The mainstream media not only ignored the pain, but they mocked middle America as ignorant, racist, and just plain too stupid to understand that the policies that were hurting us, were actually good for us. The press kept implying we weren’t smart enough to understand what was good for us…but the media and the government knew.

The “Tea Party” was an effort by middle America to inform the country about their pain.  They wanted jobs and a return to the Constitution that helped to make this country great. For their effort the mainstream media said they were fascists, racists and bigots. They never bothered to talk to the people at the rallies, well except for the one or two crazy people who showed up with the hundreds of thousands of good people. Even though the movement started during the Bush #43 administration, the press said the movement was all about hating an African-American president.

When the unemployment rate kept dropping the press refused to acknowledge that one of the reasons was so many people got tired of looking and dropped out of the workforce all together…they said it was a miracle recovery, and didn’t bother to talk to the families who in great pain and just stopped looking.

From the day it was passed Obamacare was a burden to the average American, rates rose immediately in anticipation of the plan was implemented. They lost the insurance and doctors they liked, and the sky-high deductibles made middle America pay for more of their medical expenses than ever before. But when middle America complained the media told them they couldn’t really be hurting—they were complaining because of the color of the president’s skin.

Trump talked about job losses and how he would bring the jobs back to America by cutting corporate taxes, the media said nonsense he was just trying to save himself money. America must raise taxes to make sure corporations were paying their fair share. Middle America knew how much they struggle and live from paycheck to paycheck. They also knew that if one supermarket had double coupons and another one didn’t, they would go to the grocery with the bigger discount.  Why, they thought, wouldn’t it work for companies? if America has the highest tax rate, they’d move to a different country with lower rates. So why wouldn’t they move back to the US if we cut their taxes, and bring those jobs back here? Nonsense said the media, everybody must pay their fair share.

Middle America saw what Hillary said about her emails and private server and realized there were two versions of justice in this country.  The media trashed those concerns and protected her, those Americans were just picking on Hillary as they always did. Middle America just didn’t want a woman to be president. There was nothing to those scandals, it was purely the bigotry of Middle America.

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As Barack Obama once said, middle America clings to their God and their Guns. He was right. But like Obama the mainstream media mocked middle America for sticking to their faith. The media never bothered to learn that it is their faith helping them deal with their pain. That promised them a better future, if not in this life then in the next.  Yet when people in middle America fought government regulations that went against their faith, be it abortion, gay marriage, who uses what bathroom, etc., the media called them backward, bigots, anti-Woman, homophobic, etc.

But the folks in middle America are simply good Americans who are hurting and are frustrated at being ignored. The no longer trusted their government and wanted a change. The Donald Trump voters weren’t the only ones, during the Democratic Primary the more liberal folks in middle America supported Bernie Sanders. The MSM didn’t even try to understand them.

After all that pain, and after years of the mainstream media calling them names, instead of listening to, and trying to understand and report about their pain, telephones in middle America would ring:

“Hi I am from XYZ polling are you going to vote for the woman we’ve protected and glorified as the historic first woman president, or are you a bigot who is going to vote for that rich guy who hates Muslims, Hispanics, Gays, and is too mentally unstable to have access to the nuclear codes?”

Of course the pollsters didn’t ask the question that way, but despite what the MSM believes…the people who live between the Hudson River in the east and the Rocky Mountains in the west, the folks who live in what’s commonly known as “flyover country” are not stupid. They know exactly what people from the MSM and their pollsters were thinking every time they mentioned the name Donald Trump. Therefore, when they got the phone call asking who they were going to vote for–many in middle America wouldn’t answer Trump despite the way they were really leaning.

For this reason, the polls weren’t accurate, the mainstream had more than eight years to talk to middle America, to learn about their legitimate pain and fears. But they never bothered. And Middle Americans knowing how the media felt, weren’t honest about their preferences.  Allow me to ask you something, if you were in the same situation, how would you answer?

As for the rest of us covering this election, we too were surprised. We spoke to middle America, many of us were in the same boat and felt the same pain.  Middle America supported Trump because he promised to address the issues that lead to their pain. Where the reporters outside the mainstream media went wrong was a belief in the polls. In 2012 we didn’t believe the polls, we said the pollsters were misreading the makeup of the electorate. They were right an we were wrong.  This year we believed the estimates pollsters made about the composition of the electorate, after all they proved us wrong four years ago.  This year they were wrong and we shouldn’t have believed them.

 


 

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