Support Our Work — Real Journalism Urgently Needed Now

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Dear Reader:

Whether you were thrilled or horrified by Donald Trump’s victory, you can probably agree with this statement: It was not the media’s finest hour.

The media largely created the Trump phenomenon, covering him lavishly because of his “entertainment value” and the resulting ad revenue, while putting almost no focus on the “duller” candidates. No wonder, then, that he took off.

Then, the media, alarmed at their role in his success, went after him, showing its bias in favor of the “moderate” establishment candidate. This allowed him to become the victim, which consolidated his support.

That’s the system in action.

We deserve something better. At WhoWhatWhy, we are building a news organization that actually serves the public — the entire public. Not advertisers, not investors, not segments of the population seeking confirmation of their worldview.

This election cycle, while so many media outlets were obsessed with polls and Trump’s tweets, we focused on more important issues, such as voter suppression. Few people understand that this election could well have had a different outcome if it weren’t for the actions of some GOP state officials to tilt the playing field. We also pointed out that the system is susceptible to outside influences — from hackers, foreign and domestic, to tech giants like Google.

As we go forward, we will try to understand why Trump did as well as he did, to understand the fears and concerns of those Americans who turned out in droves for him, and will explore their issues and perspectives, explaining them with empathy and perception. In short, we aim to be the news organization for … everybody.

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Russ Baker

Founder and Editor in Chief, WhoWhatWhy

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4 responses to “Support Our Work — Real Journalism Urgently Needed Now”

  1. William Helton says:

    Bernie was robbed, clearly best choice and most likely would have dominated.

  2. Jonn Mero says:

    Problem is that USA DOESN’T deserve any better. There was one small opening to get US society back on the rails, back to something resembling the period FDR was president, and that was with Bernie Sanders. Rather than being the nation that causes most horror and terror for most other nations, it was a window to start in the right end, clean up at home.
    Fortunately Clinton was rejected out of hand, but the alternative was not something that many nations would see as a viable candidate, more like a US version of Philippines’ Duerte, in short someone rather extreme in most respects. Only hope for the rest of us elsewhere all over this planet, Trump will deliver on international cooperation, and reduce US attempts at domination. Fingers crossed.

  3. 0040 says:

    Most Americans would have preferred a Chia pet as POTUS rather than the corrupt warmonger Hillary. A 50% turnout rate at the polls is the telling stat. A sad state of affairs indeed . Trump’s loose cannon bombast will certainly drive US foreign policy to new excesses in the following months, but I believe it also lessens the chances of a nuclear confrontation in the near future.

  4. 0040 says:

    Most Americans would have preferred a Chia pet as POTUS rather than the corrupt warmonger Hillary. A 50% turnout rate at the polls is the telling stat. A sad state of affairs indeed . Trump’s loose cannon bombast will certainly drive US foreign policy to new excesses in the following months, but I believe it also lessens the chances of a nuclear confrontation in the near future.