I must answer David Heilpern. Remember 2000, how the computers were all to fail on NYE? How could so many get it so wrong?
Why not again, now?
All it requires is a monolithic media focused on hourly ratings, a political class focused on responding to that media, and self-censorship by dissenting voices. Add marginalisation of alternative views.
Here we are again. No conspiracy required.
Ask Professor Thomas Borody.