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NYT Editor Baquet's Mea Culpa: 'New York is Not the Real World'

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By    |   Thursday, 10 Nov 2016 01:41 PM

The New York Times executive editor Dean Baquet, in trying to explain how his outlet was so wrong in its prognostication of the election, said we have to "remind ourselves that New York is not the real world" in an interview he did with his own newspaper.

"If I have a mea culpa for journalists and journalism, it's that we’ve got to do a much better job of being on the road, out in the country, talking to different kinds of people than the people we talk to — especially if you happen to be a New York-based news organization — and remind ourselves that New York is not the real world," Baquet told his media writer for a story titled "News Outlets Wonder Where the Predictions Went Wrong."

The whole system is under fire, from the profession of polling and data models, but also good old-fashioned journalism standards. Like objectivity.

"A lot of media outlets made a decision sometime after the convention that Donald Trump was beyond the pale and they no longer had to observe the normal rules of journalism and objectivity," Chris Wallace, a Fox News anchor, told the Times. "I thought The New York Times was one of the worst offenders."

Regardless, there's a crisis of confidence in the polls, and a post-mortem into how it all went so wrong will take months to unpack, CNN reported.

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The New York Times executive editor Dean Baquet, in trying to explain how his outlet was so wrong in its prognostication of the election, said we have to "remind ourselves that New York is not the real world" in an interview he did with his own newspaper.
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