The results in the Iowa caucuses are a rebuke to the notion that the national media have all the influence over America’s voters. Donald Trump has been the overwhelmingly dominant figure on television news. Even his decision to duck a debate was treated as bigger news than the actual event, and he almost fell to third place in Iowa.
On the Democratic side, when Hillary Clinton entered the race last April, she was presented as an unstoppable colossus, the American royal family returning to its natural place of power and adoration. Time magazine published a nauseating tribute from Laurene Powell Jobs, wife of the late Apple computer genius Steve Jobs, as “one of America’s greatest modern creations." Now she squeezed out a Pyrrhic victory in Iowa.