Editor's note: This post has been expanded to discuss the departure of the restaurant reviewer as part of the biggest downsizing in The Record's history.
By VICTOR E. SASSON
The Record's front page today declares the presidential election was "America's closest ... in more than half a century."
But on Friday, The New York Times reported Hillary Clinton won the popular vote "by a substantial margin."
"By the time all the ballots are counted, she seems likely to be ahead by more than 2 million votes and more than 1.5 percentage points ...," Op-Ed Columnist David Leonhardt reported.
"She will have won by a wider percentage margin than not only Al Gore in 2000, but also Richard Nixon in 1968 and John F. Kennedy in 1960."
Clearly, America's electoral system is broken, contributing to Clinton's defeat in the antiquated Electoral College.
As unprecedented protests continue in Manhattan and around the country (A-1), you won't find any discussion of the broken electoral system or voter apathy in The Record.
Instead, the paper has been filled since Thursday with story after story trying to explain why people voted the way the did, and speculating on what President-elect Donald J. Trump will do once he takes office on Jan. 20.
The editors ran not one but two columns by the insufferable Mike Kelly, who goes on and on about "my own journey to listen to ordinary voters" (A-1), and how in March, "I set out to interview ordinary voters who had been out of work for more than a year" (O-1).
In his Page 1 column, Kelly says last Tuesday's election was "America's closest ... in more than half a century."
But how can anyone call an election close when 4 of 10 voters or more stayed home?
CNN reports working-class whites gave Trump the White House, but that voter turnout hit a 20-year low.
In fact, the wacko racist billionaire -- who has inspired more than 200 hate incidents since the election (A-1 and A-10) -- got fewer Republican votes than Mitt Romney, John McCain and George W. Bush in 2000 and 2004, according to CNN.
Voter apathy also affected Clinton, who got fewer Democratic votes than the party's previous presidential nominees going back to 2000, but did just barely beat her husband's turnout in 1996.
CNN says its vote totals were valid as of Thursday, but will be higher by the time all vote counting is completed in mid-December.