Takes One to Know One

We’ve all been pretty certain that economic issues were the key factor that drove the 2016 election results. But a new report from The Atlantic suggests we have gotten the story wrong. It Was Cultural Anxiety That Drove White, Working-Class Voters to Trump: “Evidence suggests financially troubled voters in the white working class were more likely to prefer Clinton over Trump. Besides partisan affiliation, it was cultural anxiety — feeling like a stranger in America, supporting the deportation of immigrants, and hesitating about educational investment — that best predicted support for Trump.”

+ I know what you’re thinking. “Dave, another story analyzing the election results? What’s next, more stories about emails?” Well, stick with me for a second on this one. Because the story here is how long it’s taking us to understand the story. Part of the problem is polling. But there’s a much bigger issue. We don’t have reporters where the story took place. Consider this headline from Poynter: To understand Trump’s America better, Reuters has hired a Rust Belt correspondent. Yes, a major news organization appointing a single “special correspondent dedicated exclusively to covering” this region is considered news.

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