The Morning After
They came for the post-election conversation, and they stayed for the pancakes and bacon.
The morning was also an occasion to discuss the impact that a Trump presidency would have on France. The French go to the polls in May 2017, and many wondered if Trump's victory was a sign that Marine Le Pen, the far-right candidate of the Front National, would prevail in the French presidential election.
A week after the election, the topic was still on everyone's lips. Why had Trump won? Why was the Clinton loss such a surprise? How did the media fail to anticipate the real possibility of a Trump presidency?
On November 15th, representatives from various media outlets gathered at the Center for a moderated discussion and a Q&A session. The discussion focused primarily on the way that the campaigns were covered, the impact of social media, and the role of "traditional" media as the landscape shifts, and candidates no longer have to rely on traditional outlets to reach the electorate. The panel discussion featured Christopher Dickey (Paris-based Foreign Editor, The Daily Beast), Douglas Herbert (International Affairs Editor, France 24), Jonathan Holler, (Democrats Abroad, Youth Caucus), Jake Lamar (Author), and Catherine Viette (France 24), who moderated the event.