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?
As we reflect on this week’s momentous result, and the months of reporting
and polling that preceded it, we aim to rededicate ourselves to the
fundamental mission of Times journalism. That is to report America and the
world honestly, without fear or favor, striving always to understand and
reflect all political perspectives and life experiences in the stories that
we bring to you. It is also to hold power to account, impartially and
unflinchingly. We believe we reported on both candidates fairly during the
presidential campaign. 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.
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
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