I caught part of Charlie Rose over on PBS a couple of weeks ago. Charlie was hosting veteran journalist Bob Schaefer. I like Bob Schaefer. I don't know his politics, don't want to know. And I like Bob because he's been around forever. He was writing for the Dallas Morning News on the day Kennedy was assassinated. He covered Congress for 15 year and, when he took over the CBS Evening News for a time, he brought a bit of shine back to that once "tiffany network".
So, on Charlie Rose, Bob was asked about how America elected a Donald Trump. Well, old Bob smiled, then just commented that he thought the folks out in the Rust Belt felt like they'd been neglected, and decided to "take a flyer" on Trump.
Of course Bob is right. But he misses the larger story. I really wished I could sit down with Bob and ask him one question. "How did the media get so far afield of national sentiment, and how did the mainstream media stray so far. enabling that to happen?"