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WTF MSM!? Election coverage deja vu?

A slap of reality …

2016 deja vu ... It looks like the media is careening toward a starring role in a “Groundhog Day” sequel. On Election Day 2016, the media was caught off guard as Donald Trump won the presidency. The media reported that Hillary Clinton couldn’t lose — right up to the moment she lost. It was embarrassing, and it looks like we may be on track to see it again. Surely the media can’t be wrong again? Early signs point to “yes.”

What Senate wave? … For months, lefties in the MSM have been telling us about the coming Blue Wave that will give control of the Senate and House to the Democrats. History, of course, is on their side. The president’s party often loses legislative seats in the first midterm election. But as 2016 proved, there is nothing conventional about the Trump presidency. Now there are signs that the media may be wrong once again.

Axios is reporting that in at least five key battleground states, Democratic senators are in tremendous trouble. Trump won the states in 2016 and is polling well. In four out of the five, a generic Republican is polling better than the Democrat.

The problem … National media types continue to live inside their coastal bubbles. The majority of reporters who cover national political news live in the so-called Acela corridor between Boston and the District of Columbia. They may visit strange lands for an assignment, but they don’t share the same life experiences of the average Trump supporter or conservative voter. A few folks like former NPR CEO Ken Stern have made an effort to learn about the rest of America. But they are few and far between. These blind spots are going to continue to weaken media coverage of the midterm election. In November, there could be a lot more searching to find “what went wrong. “

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