Posted on August 19, 2020

Analysis You Can Trust

Chris Roberts, American Renaissance, August 19, 2020

Elites insist that American Renaissance is untrustworthy. This website, for example, says we are guilty of “extreme bias, consistent promotion of propaganda/conspiracies, poor or no sourcing to credible information, a complete lack of transparency, and/or is fake news.”

If that were true, it would be easy to find predictions we have made that proved false, but we have an impressive record:

Almost all of the mainstream media predicted that Hillary Clinton would win in 2016, and many people told us Marco Rubio would be the Republican nominee:

On January 24, 2016, the “conservative” New York Times columnist David Brooks insisted on national television:

It’s going to be Rubio. I’m telling you, it’s going to be Rubio. Right now, you have the conflict between the conservative, the philosophical conservative wing, which is the National Review crowd, and the rogue wing, which is talk radio and Trump. And so it’s interesting to see how that breaks down. . . .  So Trump, in the short term, but we’re prepping the establishment. Do not panic. There are going to be months of this. Wait for Rubio.

Politico, despite its reputation for always having the “inside scoop,” got an awful lot wrong in 2015 and 2016.

The media didn’t do much better in 2019 and 2020:

In its 30-year history, American Renaissance has never published anything as absurd as the prediction that Marco Rubio would be the 2016 Republican nominee. That year, Sen. Rubio won just 11.3 percent of the vote and three primaries: Minnesota; Washington, DC; and Puerto Rico. Nobody who made this ridiculous prediction was ever penalized or demoted. Talking heads rarely, if ever, suffer from being wrong. That helps explain why it is still so easy to find pie-in-the-sky hot takes:

No matter how often pundits get it wrong and how often American Renaissance gets it right, the mainstream calls us untrustworthy.