Media Meltdown continues as vote tallies justify Electoral College

Some math by the Daily Mail shows why the Electoral College remains important in the wake of Donald Trump's victory.
Some math by the Daily Mail shows why the Electoral College remains important in the wake of Donald Trump’s victory.

The dominant, and maybe not-so-dominant, media meltdown following Hillary Rodham Clinton’s surprise Nov. 8 demolition is probably going to worsen now that the Daily Mail has pointed out the reason for the Electoral College.

As the Daily Mail put it:

“Clinton won California by 4.2 million and took New York by more than 1.6 million. The combined 5.8 million-vote advantage in just those two states was more than twice the size of her overall edge nationwide.

“When the dust settled, she lost the rest of the country by 3 million votes.”

And that is why the Electoral College is as important today as it was 200-plus years ago. Without it, candidates could easily ignore most voters in most states, concentrating their efforts on voters in one, two or a small handful of states.

For a while Wednesday, the Drudge Report was headlining a piece from Grabien.com that was a montage of the media’s “Ten Most Mortifying Moments of 2016.” They were “doozies” alright, in the following order:

10. After Donald Trump’s underdog victory, many in the media looked for scapegoats. But TBS’s Samantha Bee went the furthest — blaming white people for “ruining” America. 

9. Hillary notoriously avoided direct questions from the press all year. So when Lester Holt became one of the few to somehow score a sit down with Mrs. Clinton, his softballs-only interview was journalistically humiliating. 

8. Cuba’s long time dictator expired this year, and many in America’s media … mourned. 

7. Perhaps not historically significant, but a particularly comical case of media malpractice came when an enchanted Andrea Mitchell breathlessly recapped the “magical” evening she was having at a Hillary rally.

6. Over on PBS, David Brooks and David Corn somehow connected the dots between Ted Cruz and Satan. 

5. After the devastating mass slaughter in Orlando, the media embraced its unfortunate habit of speculating where things went wrong — looking everywhere, it seemed, besides Islamic terrorism.

4. After another tragedy — this time an alligator snatching a toddler from a Disney World beachfront — CNN’s Brooke Baldwin thankfully had the presence of mind to ask a local animal expert … what the alligator was thinking. 

3. On MSNBC, the now-canceled Melissa Harris Perry worried that Flint, Mich., might become Obama’s … Fugitive Slave Act?

2. After Orlando, many progressive congressmen staged a sit-in on the floor of the House of Representatives. The media, you might be unsurprised to discover, went absolutely bananas with delight. 

1. If there was one thing the media was absolutely sure of in 2016, it was … Hillary Clinton’s inevitable landslide victory. Whoops.

However, Gradien missed at least one, and that was the cold slap-in-the-face reality check for MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow on election night. After Donald Trump won Ohio, Pennsylvania and Florida, it was pretty much all over but the whining, marching, sniveling, crying, pouting and threatening to leave the country. It was mentioned in TheGunMag.com.

Observed Maddow, retaining her composure, “You’re awake by the way. You’re not having a terrible, terrible dream. Also you’re not dead and you haven’t gone to hell. This is your life now, this is our election now, this is us, this is our country – it’s real.”

It certainly is. Thirty days and counting.


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