To the Editor:
While it is good news that the American people and the Electoral College have chosen Biden over Trump, it should be acknowledged that Trump got a couple of things right.
The news media is screwed up. This is not a conspiracy and Trump's attempts to demonize reporters was indeed dangerous. But, our news reporting is shallow and sensationalist. Trump offered no solutions and he knew better than most how to play off the media's weaknesses. We need to have a conversation about what we need from news media in a 21st century democracy. This is not primarily about the internet or social media. Younger people rely on these more and yet it was not they who were taken in by Trump. It was the mainstream news media that left many Americans easy prey for the hate mongers.
Americans on the left and right are disillusioned with the free trade is always best mantra. They want government to defend them. Economists claim that in the long run a free market economy is optimal — but people have to live in the here and now. If you lose your house or cannot send your children to college it is little consolation that in a decade or two the market will recover where you live. Trump’s tariffs did more harm than good, but it is clear that a few retraining programs are not enough. We need infrastructure investment and industrialization planning to bring back both our inner cities and our rural communities.