Back to basics

In the days since Sarah Palin was announced as the republican vice-presidential nominee it seems like everything about her has been blown out of proportion.

Some of the media coverage has been justified and some hasn’t. On the one hand, it makes sense – Sarah Palin seemingly came out of nowhere – so every bit of news about her was amplified as a new and interesting tidbit about what she thinks on important issues. 

As a result of some of the media coverage, there’s been a backlash against the so-called elite media for their supposed liberal bias. Now, the McCain-Palin ticket says Palin doesn’t need to talk to the media.

On Morning Joe, Nicole Wallace of the McCain-Palin campaign suggested that Palin will take her message straight to the people and cast aside the elite media that the McCain-Palin ticket thinks have covered Palin unfairly. Nevermind the fact that the media can take Palin’s message to many more people than she can reach at a town-hall meeting.

One way to fix this problem would be to frame the issues in a different way. Instead of focusing on the sensationalist issues surrounding Sarah Palin, let’s take a look at the way the issues could be framed to shed light on her polices:

This is just another way to think – and talk – about the issues. Maybe by switching the focus from Palin’s personal life to the issues, we just might be able to produce a more-informed electorate.



September 8, 2008. Election 2008, John McCain, Sarah Palin.

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