Cold Takes

(Originally published on Cold Takes, my newsletter — more about it here.)

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…

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“A Rudderless Night”

James Poniewozik on the struggle of the networks to cover the Trump victory as it took shape:

There was no sudden finish. The writing just slowly spread across the magic wall, and the media went through the looking glass.

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Overcoming the Threat of Fake News

Jim Rutenberg talking to Marty Baron, the executive editor of the Washington Post:

“People will ultimately gravitate toward sources of information that are truly reliable, and have an allegiance to telling the truth,” Mr. Baron said. “People will pay for that because they’ll realize they’ll need to have that in our society.”

I’d like to believe this as well. I really would. And I do believe this will be the case eventually. But I think it will take more events like this election for that to actually take place. Things will have to get even worse before they get better in the media.

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A Very Uncomfortable Election Night

An interesting breakdown of Stephen Colbert’s seemingly surreal night:

“How did our politics get so poisonous?” he asked rhetorically. “I think it’s because we overdosed, especially this year. We drank too much of the poison.”

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The Loser Who Won
When I was a kid I used to have bad nightmares. Worse, the nightmares were recurring. Every night I would go to bed knowing my mind was about to come under assault. It seemed like the worse…

(Originally published on Cold Takes, my newsletter.)

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General Partner @ GV (née Google Ventures). In past lives I wrote at TechCrunch, VentureBeat, and ParisLemon. A man of few words. Except when writing. 🍻

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