That was one of the closing sentences said to me near the conclusion of a long conversation with a person who I’ve known tangentially at work for a while.
We’ve spoken in the past, both of us having tech backgrounds (although I’m not doing tech now) and always gotten along well and because of a temporary transfer of departments we came in contact and had time for a long conversation about my background, why I’m no longer doing tech, about my reporting and why I’m not doing it full time or as much as before (can’t live on DaTipJar although if you want to help change that feel free to help).
The big thing was taking an engineer’s background of going where the data and your observations take you when covering a story rather than just running with the pack and my observations of how credentialed press actually act and thing of the people they are reporting on and to simply by sitting there and listening.
He seemed fascinated by the narrative and when he asked why I was doing what I do now, I pointed to my age, background in obsolete programming languages and the fact that Candidate (now President) Trump had kindly complemented my work and said he liked me doesn’t win on a lot of friends in Massachusetts, it’s at that point that I told him about the two occasions of my questioning of the future president on the campaign trail and why both times the questions that he found favorable were not about giving him softballs, but about recognizing what the actual story of the day was (In Derry NH the number of non activists showing up and the lines, in Worcester the lack of protesters in the 2nd biggest city in New England that has 10 colleges) covering that story and trying to frame a question to draw coverage to the story.
It was shortly after this that he commented that I was the 1st Trump supporter he ever met and his image of the President and his supporters had been formed by the media. I noted the difference between 1st hand data and observation makes.
Now given that Donald Trump won over 1,000,000 votes in Massachusetts (32%) and that based on the excellent NYT map of the vote by precinct and county there were hundreds of Trump votes in this percent and hundreds of thousands in the county I suspect my co-worker has met many more Trump voters (not to mention voters who will be voting for POTUS who didn’t the last time) than he realizes but those Trump supporters in Massachusetts simply haven’t made themselves known.
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