AMER­ICA NOW AVOIDS THE NEWS

The Washington Times Weekly - - Politics -

In­ac­cu­ra­cies, melo­drama, bias, out­rage: Jour­nal­ists show­cased plenty dur­ing elec­tion night news cov­er­age which proved to be in­tense — and end­less. The phe­nom­e­non has taken a toll. The weary na­tion ap­pears to be peeved at the press, and that in­cludes Democrats and Repub­li­cans alike who are lit­er­ally turn­ing away.

“As Amer­ica deals with the fall­out of the elec­tion, 27 per­cent of the coun­try is ac­tively try­ing to avoid the news. Democrats (36 per­cent) are the most likely to be mak­ing an ef­fort to avert their gaze from news­pa­pers and tele­vi­sion news, but the di­vide is not as sig­nif­i­cant as one might ex­pect. 21 per­cent of Repub­li­cans are also try­ing to avoid the news,” writes Peter Moore, an an­a­lyst for YouGov, which polled a thou­sand Amer­i­cans on the sub­ject.

“Very few — 11 per­cent — say that read­ing or watch­ing the news has put them in a good mood in re­cent days,” he adds, not­ing that 3 per­cent of the Democrats and 26 per­cent of Repub­li­cans agree.

Which leaves Amer­ica in a cranky state, at least for the time be­ing. Al­most half of the na­tion — 46 per­cent — are now in a “bad mood,” the poll found. That in­cludes two thirds of Democrats and just over a third of Repub­li­cans.

AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

A long road, but a vic­to­ri­ous one: then-can­di­date Don­ald Trump and wife Me­la­nia ap­pear at the Repub­li­can Na­tional Con­ven­tion in July.

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