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