Opinion: Why Trump Won – The Role of the Media

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Every single major news outlet had Hillary Clinton winning the election, according to the polls they used, but they were wrong.

In the 2016 Presidential election, traditional media was in the spotlight of the voters, as well as the politicians, but in different ways, than typically seen.

News outlets, during election season, are supposed to inform the public on the candidates and the policies that the candidates will be supporting.

During the election cycle in 2015 and 2016, news outlets were covering the personal lives of the candidates, alluding to the facts about what they do outside of politics instead of focusing on their politics.

This was made abundantly clear when the candidates themselves started to attack how each candidate appears.

Sean Murphy, a freshman at ASU downtown Phoenix, said, “I know it’s not much, but I hear much more race driven comments then I did before the elections.”

“I used to think they were jokes, but now, people seem like they mean what they say,” Murphy said about how the negative race drove comments.

Tyler Paley, a junior at ASU, said that as a student journalist he was privy to what the news outlets were trying to accomplish and he thinks, “they did more harm than good.”

“Journalism to its core is a fact driven system.  Without the facts, the public cannot make informed decisions,” he said.

Randy Perez, junior at ASU, led a campaign for an education supervisor this election and said that there was not very much media surrounding his candidate.

“Although I did not get media coverage, I decided to do my own,” Perez said.  He created the video series called Real Talk with Randy Perez to counter any arguments made by the conservative YouTube personality, Tomi Lahren.

“From a student’s perspective, we lost this for ourselves,” Perez said.  “Did you know that over 10,000 people voted for Harambe.”

It is up to the generation in college to get their voice heard, according to Perez.

“If we do not get out to vote and if we do not vote right, we will never get America to change,” he said.

For most of the people in college, this was the first time they were able to vote in an election.

“As a first-time voter, I’m disappointed, but I’m ready to do more of my part in four years,” Murphy said.

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