President Obama's big win on Tuesday didn't surprise most Europeans. During the election, the German and European press would regularly report the current poll numbers, all of which showed a modest win for the President.
I would occasionally glance at the American press and the various election predictions. For example, last weekend, George Will (a once respected journalist) predicted a Romney landslide (321 EV). Even on election night, a number of pundits continued to predict a big win for Gov. Romney (Dick Morris, Newt Gingrich, Karl Rove) even though the polls indicated otherwise.
Why such a disconnect? Since the very beginning of this election season, the right-wing media (Fox News, National Review, Wall Street Journal, Washington Times) have been spinning misinformation to their conservative audience. They know that it's more profitable to tell their audience what they want to hear rather than what they need to hear. There was never an attempt at objective journalism, not to mention telling the truth. No wonder, conservatives who listened to this drivel were surprised at the President's win.