Politicians did not fail, they did what they do. The “mainstream media” did not fail. It does not exist.
What failed was the Internet medium.
As I indicated last week, the men who control the new medium of the Internet refused to take political responsibility for it. They said they were not running media companies, even as the Internet media soaked up all the media dollars. The result was that the Internet industry, and its political interests, could be hijacked by movements and industries opposed to those interests. Nature abhors a vacuum, and Trump simply filled it.
The political interests of the Internet are easy to list, and were endorsed by the Obama Administration as a matter of course. The primary interest is in human capital, trained minds essential to driving the industry forward, in making it independent of older power centers, and nurturing the biological industries that need to grow and follow it into power.