In her books Hillary Clinton tried to explain why she, against all expectations, lost the election against Donald Trump. Reasons cited ranged from Russian interference to Republican meddling and bad publicity about her e-mails. Yet she did not mention one important factor: the public opinion poll disaster.
All during the election campaign, the mass media bombarded the American voters with instruction of who was terrible and who was noble. Donald Trump certainly fit in the first category while Hillary had nothing but praise. After a while voters got the message: Voting for Trump was, to put it mildly, "politically incorrect," or even a “shameful” thing. As a result, when the opinion pollsters came around, a sizable number of voters pretended to vote “independent” or even for the Democratic ticket, instead of admitting their Trump preference.
When the results of these polls were published, there was no doubt that Hillary Clinton would win the 2016 election. It thus happened that the same voters who were afraid to admit their choice did vote for Trump in the privacy of the voting booth, and Hillary lost.
It is a disgraceful thing by the mass media to publish innuendos, false facts, and un-substantiated rumors with the sole purpose of destroying the reputation and character of a political candidate who is disliked by the “Deep State.” In our modern way of substituting “debates” for reporting of news, such misinformation gets further amplified.
It is remarkable that most of these negative stories are based either on “informed sources,” “it was reported,” or “foreign sources stated.” Never mind the label, as long it is anonymous.
Let this be a lesson for the 2020 election; not all “brainwashing” works.
Hans Baumann is a licensed engineer in four states and a member of Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society. He is an adviser to the dean of the University of New Hampshire Business School. Dr. Baumann has published manuals on valves and was a contributor to many works including the "Instrument Engineers' Handbook" and the "Control Valves Handbook." He has also published several books on business management and German history, including "Hitler's Escape," which suggests that Adolf Hitler did not commit suicide and survived World War II. In his latest book, "Atomic Irony" he proves that the Hirshoma Atom Bomb contained captured German Uranium. For more of his reports, Go Here Now.