Are you saying you have actually done that comparison? (between US press and those in other richer industrialized countries). My french is pretty bad - I’ve tried to read Le Monde in the past but not enough to give an opinion. When most people in the US are critical of the “press”, I think we are referring to the TV media as well and in the limited amount of time I’ve watched network TV news, I have to say that BBC is way better and if I understood other languages, I’m guessing German, Danish, etc. media is better too. Did you see the Reporters without Borders ranking of the US at 41st in press freedom last year? I really don’t have much respect for most of our press/media in the US and I refuse to back off from that assertion on the idea that I’m helping the Trump bandwagon. Please make your case for the US press being the best or near best in the world.
And on your first post - I realize you think it (Trump winning) is all about racism, but I and many others here still reject that as well. Reich is making a convincing case to many of Trump voters who wanted to a change from the Clinton wing triangulation that brought them many of the downfalls of the middle class economy that they are experiencing. I’m not saying the anti-immigrant of anti-feminist, anti-gay pandering didn’t help Trump among many voters, but it is the economic populist message that he succeeded in getting across and to which Clinton failed to counter that is the thing that pushed him over the top that he should have never had the ability to capitalize on so well. As Thomas Frank points out, why the hell didn’t Obama publicly abandon the TPP and do whatever it took to prevent an ACA premium rise right before the election? - is his post presidential income more important than getting Clinton elected? Democrats can’t match Trump on being anti-immigrant (though I’d say we can advocate for rational policy that will still speak to people’s fears of unbridled immigration) and of course we don’t want to move the clock back on women’s or gay rights but we could certainly not cede the populist aspects to the Republicans - that’s just moronic.