To our readers,
When the biggest political story of the year reached a dramatic and unexpected climax late Tuesday night, our newsroom turned on a dime and did what it has done for nearly two years — cover the 2016 election with agility and creativity.
After such an erratic and unpredictable election there are inevitable questions: Did Donald Trump’s sheer unconventionality lead us and other news outlets to underestimate his support among American voters? What forces and strains in America drove this divisive election and outcome? Most important, how will a president who remains a largely enigmatic figure actually govern when he takes office? [And why is it that he remains"enigmatic"? Is it because you focused on his attraction to felines? That you spent your time "reporting" on his racist supporters, instead of actually speaking with them and learning the issues that concerned them? Nah.]
We believe we reported on both candidates fairly during the presidential campaign. [hahahahaha]
You can rely on The New York Times to bring the same fairness, the same level of scrutiny, the same independence to our coverage of the new president and his team. [See comment above]
We cannot deliver the independent, original journalism for which we are known without the loyalty of our subscribers. We want to take this opportunity, on behalf of all Times journalists, to thank you for that loyalty.
Arthur O. Sulzberger Jr. Publisher
Dean Baquet Executive Editor