Simpsons predicted President Donald Trump in 2000 and the mainstream media like The New York Times couldn’t in 2016
Exactly sixteen years ago on March 29, 2000, in an episode titled Bart to the Future, that The Simpsons predicted a Donald Trump presidency. The series writers were able to predict that Donald Trump would be President of the United States of the America and yet the homegrown mainstream media like the Washington Post, New York Times etc was caught unawares of the public sentiment and pushed through their pseudo-liberal agenda.
In the episode “Bart to the Future,” Lisa Simpson is set to become the U.S. president tasked with restoring order and repairing the nation in the wake of what the show present’s as a disastrous presidency left by her predecessor, a fictionalized Trump.
Simpsons writer Dan Greaney told the Hollywood Reporter back in March that the episode was intended as “a warning to America.” “That just seemed like the logical last stop before hitting bottom. It was pitched because it was consistent with the vision of America going insane,” he said.
The Simpsons writers have an eerie ability to predict the future. Six years ago they predicted that Bengt Holmström of MIT would win the Nobel Prize for Economics in 2016, which he did. They foresaw the tiger attack on Siegfried and Roy, helped design the iPhone, predicted Apple Watches,and foretold that the Rolling Stones would still be touring in 2016.
The mainstream media failed to gauge what Simpsons and its writers did sixteen years ago. Hoping for Hillary Clinton win, the mainstream media like the New York Times, CNN etc took a strong anti-Donald Trump stand. The mainstream media has been known to push its own agenda as ‘thinking of the people’ world over. But due to the rise of social media tools like Twitter, Facebook, WhatsApp, Hike etc., the people seem to look through the lies being spread in the name of liberalism in the media. This happened in India in 2014 when Indians chose nationalist Prime Minister Narendra Modi and again in 2016, when Britons voted for Brexit against the build up narrative by the mainstream media.