What We’re Following
Got It Covered? Journalists throughout the American media landscape have been reflecting this week on their own role in the 2016 election. Once Donald Trump actually gets to the White House, the press may find itself even more unprepared, as the president-elect’s tendency to deny his own past statements and actions will gain even more credence and consequence with the full power of the government behind him. The potential spread of misinformation won’t be helped by the dominance of social-media platforms like Facebook, which wield tremendous publishing power but whose algorithms don’t necessarily account for accuracy. Facebook can and should develop a better fact-checking system. At the moment, though, it looks like there’s plenty of room for improvement on that front: Today, the social-media network accidentally displayed memorial banners for multiple users—including CEO Mark Zuckerberg—who remain very much alive.
The Trump Transition: One commentator whose prospects do look promising is Trevor Noah. Though the Daily Show host’s measured humor has received a lukewarm response from viewers thus far, he struck a chord last night with a wry, thought-provoking critique of the presidential transition—a transition that, after a year of increasingly ugly campaigning, is a jarring and awkward process. Its most recent development: Vice-president-elect Mike Pence will be heading the transition team, taking over the duties Chris Christie had been handling. Our politics team has the latest; and for more updates on the Oval Office, subscribe to our daily Politics & Policy newsletter. Outside the Beltway, protests over Trump’s election turned violent last night in Portland, Oregon, with police declaring a riot after demonstrators damaged cars and broke windows.