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Cold Takes: A Bad Dream

I'm honestly still in a bit of shock that Donald Trump -- Donald Trump -- is going to be the next Pre
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Cold Takes: A Bad Dream
By M.G. Siegler • Issue #26 • View online
I’m honestly still in a bit of shock that Donald Trump – Donald Trump – is going to be the next President of the United States of America. This is the plot of a very bad movie, a bad comedy, no less. At best, it’s bad reality television. Instead, it’s reality, period. 
I’m trying to remain optimistic here. This is someone who, just a few years ago, not only didn’t seem to hold at least half of the positions he adopted during the election, but he often held the opposite stance on many issues. But who knows? Seemingly no one. And that’s what’s really unnerving. 
Certainly, if he wants to get anything done with a Republican-controlled House and Senate, he’s seemingly going to have to at the very least lean towards his more conservative stances… But maybe we can take some comfort in the reality that Donald Trump never seems to do what anyone expects…
Anyway, all of this has largely kept me off social media the past few days. It’s just too frustrating and divisive. Instead, I’m just trying to read and think and honestly, do anything else. 
Below, some links from The New York Times, which, let’s be honest, totally blew it leading up to the election. That makes it especially interesting to watch them try to scramble to pick up the pieces of what happened. And they were hardly the only ones, this was absolutely true of the media in general…

5ish Links
"A Rudderless Night"
Overcoming the Threat of Fake News
A Very Uncomfortable Election Night
500ish Words
The Loser Who Won
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