Washington Post staff writer Sam Kamenski and The Washington Post’s Greg Jaffe have written the definitive guide to the postelection media blitz, and here are some of their tips for how to beat it.
First, some background: Since Trump won, the media has been at its most aggressive since Election Day.
It is the most partisan since the mid-1980s.
Trump’s reelection was unprecedented, and the most polarized since the Civil Rights era.
There is also a significant partisan divide in how people perceive the media: While Republicans overwhelmingly disapprove of the media’s coverage, Democrats are overwhelmingly supportive.
But this partisan divide has narrowed over time.
According to a new HuffPost/YouGov poll, 45 percent of Democrats and 43 percent of independents approve of the coverage of the news media overall, while only 37 percent of Republicans and 26 percent of Independents approve.
That’s the first time this partisan gap has narrowed since the early 2000s.
That makes the postmortem of the 2016 election a critical time for the media.
In fact, as of this week, the most popular topic among the media, according to HuffPost Pollster, is “The Post.”
More: The Post’s election coverage: A breakdown of the Post’s coverage from the start.
“Post op” and “post” are not the same thing.
There’s no official definition of what the word means.
Some say it is used to refer to an opinion piece published in a news organization; others say it refers to a post that appears in a website.
Some people use the term post op because it’s the same as an opinion column published in the New York Times or Washington Post.
But the New Yorker’s Paul Krugman used the term in an article in September 2017.
“There is no clear consensus about what post op is, though most of us assume it’s used to describe a piece that appears on the site,” Krugman wrote in a tweet.
“The idea is that it appears on a website, but not the original article.”
So how do you know when a Post op is a post op?
“It’s not a simple thing, and it depends on the context,” Jaffe wrote.
The first rule: Don’t assume that a post is a pre-existing op unless it’s explicitly identified.
For instance, it would be irresponsible to assume that an op-ed in the Post about the 2016 presidential election was a prelude to a preelection piece about Trump.
“If you read an op on the eve of the election and think it’s a pregame op for a preparty piece, then you’re not doing your job,” Jaffar said.
A Post op can be a prewar op if it’s an opinion article or a piece about a candidate, or it can be an op that doesn’t have a clear agenda.
Jaffe also warned against assuming a Post article is an op about Trump if it isn’t.
“You can’t assume a post from a candidate’s perspective is an opinion op if there’s no explicit agenda in it,” he said.
Jaffars also advised against assuming that a Post story is an Op unless the headline is clearly a headline about the candidate, an op with a clear and compelling headline, or an op covering a specific issue.
If a Post headline is clear and powerful, you can assume the headline refers to the candidate and the article about the issue, Jaffarov said.
If it’s not clear and clear, then a Post piece should probably not be considered an op.
What’s more, a post can be considered op if its headline is in some way related to a campaign.
For example, if the headline of a Post Op about the 2020 presidential election is about the Democrats’ potential use of a national database to track potential supporters’ voting history, the Post should probably consider the headline to be an Op about how the Democrats are tracking voters.
But if it appears in an op by the same name about a new campaign or campaign-related data, then it’s likely an Op on a new topic, Jaffe said.
“I don’t think there is a single way to define a Post Opinion piece that is either op or post op,” Jafarov said, but there are a few guidelines.
“To be clear, the word op does not refer to a headline, it refers in the same way to the headline,” Jafaars said.
For one thing, op has a negative connotation.
If an op says, “Trump is doing a terrible job as president,” then it should be considered a post.
For another, op should refer to the issue or issue-related topic that the op is about.
If the headline describes the issue (such as Trump’s health or Hillary Clinton’s emails), then op is usually about the topic, but it can also refer to other topics such as the candidates’ positions on the issue.
A final rule: If the article is written in an opinion vein, that