Today's the day! All the leaks, lies, attacks, and accusations of this especially brutal, deceitful, and all-around ugly election have come down to this. After you vote, make sure to kick back with a "mazel tov cocktail" followed by a very long nap. You've earned it, journalists of America.
"WELL THAT WAS A FUN FIRE DRILL YA'LL"
So says BuzzFeed's Chris Geidner after a judge dismissed an early attempt by Donald Trump's to dispute election results in Nevada. His lawyers tried to file a lawsuit arguing that the Clark County registrar should not allow polling centers—especially in areas where lots of minorities live—to be open later than planned, according to CNN . Many journalists watched the proceedings unfold in a livestream, with folks like Business Insder's Brett LoGiurato calling it "Riveting TV"—especially the part where the judge dismissed assurances made by Trump's lawyer that no one will be harassed at polling places by asking incredulously, "Do you watch Twitter?"
Speaking of which...
In other news:
How long did you wait in line to vote today? At the New York Times, Emily Badger reports on the long-term consequences of long voting lines which disportionately impact "minority voters and urban voters." ProPublica's Terry Parris Jr calls it "kind of like waiting in line at roller coaster: either everyone loves it so much or it's broken."
There are long lines and then there's this: CNN's Ray Sanchez has the story of a pregnant Colorado woman who, after going into labor, made sure to swing by her polling center on the way to the hospital so she could cast her ballot before giving birth. "Turning out the in-labor vote!" jokes The Week's Alex Dalenberg.
One tactic used to suppress votes is by spreading false information about voting requirements. But it's not just political power brokers or traditional electioneerers who are guilty of it. According to ProPublica's Justin Elliott, so is... Urban Outfitters, where apparently "misinforming pseudo-hipsters about voting never goes out of style" says ThinkProgress' Judd Legum.
All election season, Washington Post reporter and journalistic hero David Farenthold has been searching high and low for evidence of the "tens of millions" Trump claims to have given to charity. Now that Election Day has arrived, Farenthold submits his final tally: Just a 2009 donation to the Police Athletic League between $5,000 and $9,999 (though even that might be a "book-keeping error").
And finally, your "journalism about journalism" piece for the day comes from Kristin Hare and Alexios Mantzaris at Poynter who interviewed 20 industry colleagues and media analysts on how the 2016 election changed politics reporting forever. That includes Wahiington Post cartoonist Ann Telnaes who lamented that too many journalists "giggled their way through Trump interviews" and NYU journalism professor Jay Rosen who gave the media two letter-grades this season: A "B" and a "WTF."