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News Media

Best post-election move so far:

While many in the news media are mea culpa-ing all over the place at how they badly blew the Trump story, kudos to the executive at CNN who did something to make things better.

The smartest news media move to come out of the election so far is CNN hiring Salena Zito.

Salena got the Trump phenomenon before many other journalists. She reported on the people who support Donald Trump with respect, with accuracy, and with humanity.

Not only is this is a great journalism move, it’s a potential audience builder considering the number of people who voted for the president elect. With FOX News in the middle of trying to find a way forward without Roger Ailes, CNN has a chance to take a piece of the FOX audience.

CNN is riding an election high, while FOX has shown some weakness in the key demographics.

When FOX News began, CNN’s biggest mistake was not taking the upstart network seriously. Let’s see how FOX responds.

One cautionary note to CNN: Let Salena be Salena.

One cautionary note for Ms. Zito: News is for people at home, not for the people in newsrooms. Don’t be co-opted into the groupthink of a large news operation.

Bad media move of the day:

The Trump team should allow a press pool to accompany him as soon as possible. The candidate who ran on the idea that government was not transparent and inaccessible to the people needs to put his money where his mouth is.

Mistrust of the news media by the Trump team is understandable, but things are different now that he’s going to be the leader of the free world.

Both sides must build trust. At least talks have begun.

 

The Riots

It feels like third world politics:

Not so long ago Hillary Clinton supporters were telling Donald Trump supporters that they must accept the results of the election.

Now that the Hillary has lost the election we’ve seen rioting in some of our major cities.

Instead of pointing out the hypocrisy of rioters, news media is playing to, and fueling their grievances.

Many in media are still litigating the election, causing more anxiety on the losing side. Others in the media are already fighting Trump in 2020.

I’m a big believer in the right to protest. I’m not a believer in destruction and violence.

The news media have an obligation to tell us who is organizing political violence.

So far, neither Barack Obama nor Hillary Clinton have asked these rioters to cool it.

In Chicago, an argument over a fender bender went viral and political when bystanders starting shouting at the white man about “voting for Trump.”

This is the kind of political violence people who immigrate to the United States try to escape. It seems odd that those in favor of open borders would emulate the behavior they couldn’t wait to get away from.

The other bit of hypocrisy from the rioters.

Targeting white children as the villains. Video like this should make you angry.

Isn’t alleged racism what they’re upset about in the first place?

The effect of the violence will be to create more Republican voters from independents, and to unify the GOP for the first time in a long time.

While it may be difficult to explain the warts that come with Donald Trump to your kids, try explaining to them why a little girl was beaten for expressing her views.

Let me know how it goes.

 

Worst Business move of the day.

GrubHub:

Keep your politics to yourself.

In an e mail, GrubHub CEO Matt Maloney basically told employees that if they didn’t agree with his world view they should resign.

The backlash on social media was predictably insane. The calls for a boycott were immediate.

While Maloney has every right to express his political beliefs, he has no right to ask employees about theirs, or judge them.

As someone who’s hired many people, I know you’re not allowed to ask about a person’s political beliefs or affiliations.

Maloney later “explained” his comments.

GrubHub stock was of nearly five percent on the trading day, and continued to lose ground in after hours trading. Here’s a live stock market ticker.

Sorry Matt. Political loyalty tests are so Joseph McCarthy, and even more Third Reich.

 

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