The results of the presidential elections were finally out late Saturday.
After four days of nail-biting suspense over the outcome of the election earlier this week, CNN went first and called the presidential election around 11.30 pm (local time), followed by several other major TV networks across the world. NBC, CBS, ABC, CNN, and The Associated Press — all projected Biden as the next President-elect of the United States, following a fresh batch of Pennsylvania votes.
Joe Biden became the President-elect of the United States after facing unprecedented challenges. He has won the 20 Electoral College votes from Pennsylvania, going past the magic number of 270, according to the Associated Press.
The final announcement of the much delayed poll results came late Saturday, as voters narrowly rebuffed Republican incumbent Donald Trump's leadership and embraced Biden's promise to fight the coronavirus pandemic and fix the economy in a divided country.
Joe Biden and Kamala Harris during an event in Wilmington, Delaware, earlier this week. (Photo: PTI)
As the "Biden era" began, most US media outlets kept it simple with headlines like 'Biden Beats Trump', 'Biden Wins', 'Biden Defeats Trump' and 'God Bless America', followed by other outlets across the world. Media networks which had been sharply critical of Trump, were muted, almost solemn, in the announcement of Biden's win.
'A new dawn for America', was the headline of The Independent in the United Kingdom, showing a photo of Biden standing next to Vice President-elect Kamala Harris and noting her historic achievement.
The Sunday Times wrote 'Sleepy Joe wakes up America', taunting Trump by using the derogatory nickname he had used for Biden.
Germany's mass-market Bild newspaper carried a photo of Trump with a headline, 'Exit without dignity'. 'What a liberation, what a relief', reported Germany's left-leaning Suddeutsche Zeitung broadsheet.
In Australia, the Daily Telegraph tabloid owned by Rupert Murdoch's media empire also focused on Trump's expected defiance and described him as a "hot ball of fury". "(Trump) will simply not accept the humiliation of seemingly being beaten by a foe he perceived to be feeble and barely worth turning up to fight," it said.
Brazil's leading media outlets reported Trump's defeat in the context of its own populist leader, Jair Bolsonaro, who has similarly sought to diminish democratic institutions and reject science-based facts.
"Trump's defeat punishes the attacks against civilisation, it is a lesson for Bolsonaro," wrote Folha de Sao Paulo, one of Brazil's major daily newspapers.
Donald Trump leaves the podium after speaking at the White House earlier this week. (Photo: PTI)
"May Brazil's leaders seize the spirit of the times - or die, like Trump, who has already left it too late." Spain's centre-right El Mundo newspaper said Biden's was a "goodbye to Trump's populism".
Sweden's biggest daily, Dagens Nyheter, headlined its opinion-editorial piece, "Bittersweet victory - Biden will struggle to heal the US." It described Biden's vow of a return to normalcy as "mission impossible". "The election result shows a deeply divided country, and it will be difficult for Biden to carry out the reform programme he has promised his core voters," the paper wrote.
Sweden's conservative Svenska Dagbladet daily warned of the dangers posed by the many millions of Americans who will continue to believe Trump's dangerous rhetoric that the election had been stolen from him. "Election is over - but conflict continues," read its headline.
"Half the country - half of those who voted at least - may have a lingering feeling that something is very wrong after months of battles and voices calling the election itself into question. That the election system itself is rigged and can't be trusted."
On a lighter note, the Ayrshire Daily News, whose patch covers the Trump Turnberry golf course in Scotland, took a more local look at the result. "South Ayrshire golf club owner loses 2020 presidential election," read its headline.
Reporting Trump's defeat, the media outlets also warned president-elect Biden of facing "enormous challenges in healing the United States".
HAILING THE INDIAN-ORIGIN WOMAN WHO MADE HISTORY
The international press also focused on the feat of Kamala Harris, Biden's running mate who will become the United States' first female black Vice President-elect.
US Vice President-elect Kamala Harris. (File photo: PTI)
The media networks took note of a milestone, the ascendancy of the first female, first Black and first Indian-origin Vice President-elect, Kamala Harris.
A daily described Harris as a "symbol of renewal". MSNBC described Harris's success as "a crack in the ceiling". The history-making rise of a daughter of Indian and Jamaican immigrants was also the focus of articles published online.
(With inputs from agencies)