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How we, the media, did in the 2016 campaign. And what comes next. Journalism in the age of Trump.

In this file photo, Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon musses the hair of President-Elect Donald Trump during an appearance on the NBC evening talk show. (Courtesy NBC/File)
In this file photo, Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon musses the hair of President-Elect Donald Trump during an appearance on the NBC evening talk show. (Courtesy NBC/File)

It was a hard presidential campaign season for the American news media. It began with newsrooms already up against it financially. Struggling, in a country moving from news to social media. Then came the campaigns. A closed Hillary Clinton. A way out-of-the-box Donald Trump. Twitterstorms and wild claims and full frontal attack. And then the polls, the projections. Wrong. Now, questions all over as Donald Trump lines up for the White House. This hour On Point, the news media and 2016. — Tom Ashbrook

Guests

Hadas Gold, media and politics reporter for POLITICO. (@Hadas_Gold)

Stuart Taylor, contributing editor at the National Journal. Author of "Until Proven Innocent." (@staylor5448)

Cynthia Allen, editorial writer and columnist at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. (@cjmallen12)

From Tom’s Reading List

POLITICO: What went wrong? Eleven takes from media veterans — "How did everyone in the media miss the Trump phenomenon? Were there signs that were ignored? Or was the media so ensconced in its data-driven ways that it missed the forest for the trees?"

New York Times: Facebook, in Cross Hairs After Election, Is Said to Question Its Influence — "Facebook has been in the eye of a postelection storm for the last few days, embroiled in accusations that it helped spread misinformation and fake news stories that influenced how the American electorate voted. The online conversation among Facebook’s executives on Tuesday, which was one of several private message threads that began among the company’s top ranks, showed that the social network was internally questioning what its responsibilities might be."

On The Media: Wrong Number — "The election of Donald Trump was a surprise for many journalists, pollsters, and pundits, who are now asking what went wrong and what was missed along the way. With the help of Chris Arnade, a photographer and writer who logged 100,000 miles this election season talking to Trump supporters, Brooke and Bob consider whether collective delusion — not a lack of information — is the reason why the press is in shock."

This program aired on November 18, 2016.

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