As It Should Be
"Obama, appearing polite and serious as he shook Trump’s hand, told the president-elect, 'We now are going to want to do everything we can to help you succeed, because if you succeed, then the country succeeds.'”
Hillary Clinton: “Last night I congratulated Donald Trump and offered to work with him on behalf of our country... I still believe in America and I always will. And if you do, then we must accept this result and then look to the future. Donald Trump is going to be our president. We owe him an open mind and a chance to lead. Our constitutional democracy enshrines the peaceful transfer of power. And we don't just respect that, we cherish it."
"Asked by a reporter if Trump would ask Congress to ban Muslims from entering the country — a controversial campaign proposal — the president-elect said, 'Thank you, everyone,' and walked away."The "Fourth Estate" press better get used to it. It's what they earned for themselves.
"Protesters in U.S. cities including New York demonstrated Wednesday night with chants of 'not my president' and anti-Trump signs. The president-elect gave no indication that he noticed."
"[The Trumps and the Obamas] reconnected in the Oval Office after noon, but did not pose for an official White House group photograph, which used to be a modern-era custom.
"Later in the afternoon, Vice President Joe Biden met at the White House with Pence. The meeting was closed to the press.
"Trump and his team have bucked custom and protocol by not allowing coverage of the president-elect by a rotation of a small group of journalists known as a 'pool.' The Fourth Estate, which by custom and modern necessity reports on incoming presidents via a pool-rotation system, was rebuffed by Team Trump on Thursday. The White House Correspondents Association and its members pressed the Trump aides to adopt the pool-coverage system immediately as a part of the official transition to governing.
"Trump prides himself on his famously testy relationship with the news media. He flew to and from Washington Thursday on his private jet, declining to travel with members of the news media as presidents always do."
-from the Real Clear Politics article by Alexis Simendinger & James Arkin, Nov. 10, 2016
[bolds are my emphases]
We may call what we now have to rely on for real truth in reporting, the Fifth Estate. HuffPo, Slate, Mother Jones, The Atlantic, you need not apply.
The headlines over the past few days may indicate some of the Fourth Estate are trying to ingratiate themselves to the new administration, but my guess is it will only be superficial:
RCP SIDEBAR HEADLINES November 11, 2016
Dems Try to Pick Up the Pieces
What Happens After the Earthquake?
Second Night of Trump Protests Brings Arrests in Oregon
Trump Victory Is the End of the Line for Obama Judicial Nominees
Clinton Aides Blame FBI Director, Media for Devastating Loss
(and now Clinton herself is doing just that)
DNC Staffer Screams at Donna Brazile for Helping Elect Trump
Trump Did Worse w/Whites, Better w/People of Color Than Romney
Exiting Reid Takes Shots at Trump
How Obamacare Can Be Repealed
Ingraham: Trump Is Going to Do What He Said He's Going to Do
Krauthammer: President Obama's Legacy Is Toast, Will Be Reversed
Samantha Bee: It's Pretty Clear Who Ruined America: White People
CNN Investigates Why Latinos in Florida Voted for Trump
Trump Wave Buoys Republicans to All-Time High in State Legislatures
Clinton Camp's Vaunted GOTV May Have Turned Out Trump Voters
Trump Got Reagan-Like Support From Union Households
What Comes After the Uprising - Peggy Noonan, Wall Street Journal
The Unbearable Smugness of the Press - Will Rahn, CBS News (excellent read, but pandering to Trump after-the-fact maybe?)
Dems Once Represented the Working Class. Not Any More - Robert Reich, Guardian
Some select quotes that stood out: "That whistling sound you hear is the [Democratic] party Thelma-and-Louiseing." in The Washington Post.
"First, our democratic republic is vibrant and alive. It is not resigned. It is still capable of delivering a result so confounding it knocks you into the next room.Scott Adams gets the last word on Twitter who shadow-banned him during the last few months of the election cycle.
"Nobody rigged this. Nobody hacked it. There weren’t brawls at polling places, there was kindness and civility. At the 92nd Street Y I got to embrace three neighbors. All this in a highly charged, highly dramatic and divisive election. We did our democratic work and then went home. It all worked.
"Second, Donald Trump said he had a movement and he did. This is how you know. His presidential campaign was bad—disorganized, unprofessional, chaotic, ad hoc. There was no state-of-the-art get-out-the-vote effort—his voters got themselves out. There was no high-class, high-tech identifying of supporters—they identified themselves. They weren’t swayed by the barrage of brilliantly produced ads—those ads hardly materialized. This was not a triumph of modern campaign modes and ways. The people did this. As individuals within a movement.
"It was a natural, self-driven eruption. Which makes it all the more impressive and moving. And it somehow makes it more beautiful that few saw it coming.
"On the way home Wednesday morning I thought of my friend who runs the neighborhood shoe-repair shop. He is elderly, Italian-American, an immigrant. I had asked him last winter who would win the Republican nomination and he looked at me as if I were teasing. 'Troomp!' he instructed. I realized at that moment: In America now only normal people can see the obvious. Everyone else is lost in a data-filled fog."
"What covering Donald Trump full-time taught a Post reporter about the president-elect", By Chris Cillizza, November 11, also in the WaPo:
"I started covering him full-time and my opinion changed. He would host these rallies and thousands of people would show up — and hardly any of them mentioned 'The Apprentice' when I asked why they liked him. He understood Republican voters in a way his party did not...One on one, Trump is kind and gracious. Twice I was called backstage so he could gush about how much he liked an article I had written about his supporters and a photo I had tweeted of his massive rally crowd."
And from the CBS piece linked above on the "Smugness" of the media:
"There’s a place for opinionated journalism; in fact, it’s vital. But our causal, profession-wide smugness and protestations of superiority are making us unable to do it well.
"Our theme now should be humility. We must become more impartial, not less so. We have to abandon our easy culture of tantrums and recrimination. We have to stop writing these know-it-all, 140-character sermons on social media and admit that, as a class, journalists have a shamefully limited understanding of the country we cover.
"What’s worse, we don’t make much of an effort to really understand, and with too few exceptions, treat the economic grievances of Middle America like they’re some sort of punchline. Sometimes quite literally so, such as when reporters tweet out a photo of racist-looking Trump supporters and jokingly suggest that they must be upset about free trade or low wages.
"We have to fix this, and the broken reasoning behind it. There’s a fleeting fun to gang-ups and groupthink. But it’s not worth what we are losing in the process."