Friday, September 12, 2008

Welcome to the Pig Pen

I agree with the Columbia Journalism Review (CJR) when it blamed the media for overblowing the "Lipstick on a Pig" controversy. The quality of how we conduct elections and choose our leaders , whether in the US or in our sorry country of ours, depends on the discourse of campaign and political issues.

Notes From The Pig Sty
In which we all get dirty
By Megan Garber
Sept. 10, 2008

What (audiences) recognize, rather, is the press’s framing of those accusations, the media’s treatment of the controversies. And the fact that LipstickOnAPigGate is a controversy—indeed, the fact that it’s a narrative in the first place—is the fault of the media.... The media, in allowing themselves to be so easily hijacked by campaign spin...are not only implying their own irrelevance in this whole campaign. They’re fostering it.

Read more here.

Another useful post here. Additional readings from Slate on the US election campaign: an unsolicited advice for Democrat vice-presidential nominee Joe Biden to beat Sarah Barracuda; how umbrage has become the most widely-used tactic in the campaign; and the hottest rhetorical device of the 2008 campaign--the antimetabole.


Robert Jaworski said...

Hi Bryant,

I'm reading "Lipstick on a Pig" by Torie Clarke, ex Bush (the eleder) adviser, ex McCain press secretary and Pentagon communications chief.

Try grabbing the book (P99 hardbound, at national... patience required in rummaging through piles ); it's instructional on the relationship between the government (its officials and mouthpieces) and the press.

How's school?

bryant said...

Hi Sir Robert,

Thanks for the comment. Sige po, I'll look for that book when I go to National.

Re school, thankful I was able to finish my first sem. I'm on a break right now, second sem starts in November.


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