The Day After

Nov 09, 2016

Across social media, journalists are expressing a spectrum of emotions in response to last night's shocking election of Donald Trump, including shock, disgust, fear, and yes, hope.

"You have to read Remnick on what just happened," tweets the New Yorker's Nicholas Thompson, linking to his editor-in-chief David Remnick's piece, "An American Tragedy." Quoth Remnick: "On January 20, 2017, we will bid farewell to the first African-American President—a man of integrity, dignity, and generous spirit—and witness the inauguration of a con who did little to spurn endorsement by forces of xenophobia and white supremacy. It is impossible to react to this moment with anything less than revulsion and profound anxiety."

"This says it all," tweets the Outline founder Joshua Topolsky. "There is nothing else."

Margaret Sullivan, former New York Times ombudsman and current Washington Post media columnist, considers the Trump presidency a call to action—a challenge to journalists that she relishes to undertake. Amy Resnick, executive editor of Pensions and Investnents says, "In the presumptive era of President Trump #journalists are going to have to be better--stronger, more courageous."

Dan Sinker of the Knight-Mozilla Foundation for OpenNews atweeted out a chart of voter demographics, adding, "just keep looking at this and feeling deep sorrow for the people of color who showed up and we white folk let down so completely."

Jim Rutenberg has a story at the New York Times that dryly asserts, "News Media Yet Again Misreads America's Complex Pulse." Rutenberg's colleague Michael Slackman tweeted, "They portrayed Trump supporters as being out of touch with reality. In the end, it was the other way around."

Courtesy of Jezebel'Joanna Rothkopf, "A List of Pro-Women, Pro-Immigrant, Pro-Earth, Anti-Bigotry Organizations That Need Your Help Now." Or as Slate contributor Nora Caplan-Bricker puts it, a "list of reasons to wake up tomorrow."

"Trump could get his first look at PDB today," tweets Washington Post national security correspondent Greg Miller, referring to the President's Daily Brief. "Shudders across the intel community."

"White won." That's the two-word headline to Slate political correspondent Jamelle Boule. "This is so dark," says Emily Bazelon of New York Times Magazine. "The opposite of everything I want to believe about the country. But right now it feels right."

Glenn Greenwald, who as his colleague at the Intercept Lee Fang points out was among the few "who predicted Hillary might lose," weighs in on "Democrats, Trump and the Ongoing, Dangerous Refusal to Learn the Lesson of Brexit."

Speaking of which, Michael Shepherd of the Bangor Daily News says, "Trump's America: I was just driving on I-95 behind a Prius with a '0BREXIT' vanity plate."

In an article from last month that's getting some renewed traffic, Ben Smith and Tomi Obaro of BuzzFeed wonder "Where is Trump's War On Media Headed?"

And finally, a glimmer of hope for those disappointed by Trump's victory: Eliza Byard, an LGBT activist and Executive Director of GLSEN tweeted the map below with the following message:  "This is how the future voted. This is what people 18-25 said in casting their votes. We must keep this flame alight and nurture this vision."



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