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Media Narratives

Trump and Liberal Women: 2 New Revelations About to Catch Fire

Bill Shireman | Posted 05.18.2016 | Politics
Bill Shireman

In terms of media narrative, a landslide victory for Hillary is the worst election result. Reporters will be straining to see any evidence that Democrats and independents, especially women, are shifting Trump's way. And as they report it, it may well become increasingly true.

Recreating the Refugees Narratives: From Sympathy to Dignity

Lara Zahabi-Bekdash, MD, PhD | Posted 11.25.2016 | Home
Lara Zahabi-Bekdash, MD, PhD

In Toronto, the community event Supper with Syria, is a social experiment to allow Syrians, some of whom are refugees, to become co-creators of the narratives on Syria and refugees, by showcasing their culture and their stories.

No One Is Talking About the Source of Our Racial Divide

Dianne Collins | Posted 02.06.2015 | Impact
Dianne Collins

As well intentioned as we are in our dialogues and in our actions, the truth is as a society we haven't yet focused on the source of what has engendered the racial divide in the first place.

Jason Linkins

Dems Still Trying To Dial In Exact Right Amount Of President For Midterms | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.20.2014 | Politics

Back in February, it was reported that if there was one thing that Democrats contending in the 2014 midterm elections wanted President Barack Obama to...

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Marco Rubio Is On The 'Comeback' Trail Because Of That Time He Totally Criticized A Retiring Liberal Senator | Jason Linkins | Posted 03.06.2014 | Politics

Earlier this week, in an attempt to get everyone to calm down about the far-off 2016 presidential campaign and stop proclaiming non-candidates to be "...

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Chris Christie Is Sorry, But Let's Not 'Comeback Kid' Ourselves Just Yet | Jason Linkins | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

Crack-ups and comebacks. There are no two commodities that the political media loves more. Their culture now moves seamlessly between, "What about you...

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6 Post-Election Narratives You'll Meet On Wednesday | Jason Linkins | Posted 11.06.2013 | Politics

By Wednesday night, Election Day 2013: The Foregone Conclusioning, will be over and you will be confronted with a fresh plate of piping hot media narr...

Once the Obama Narrative Implodes, Reality Breaks Through

Bill Frezza | Posted 07.28.2013 | Politics
Bill Frezza

That it has taken a trifecta of scandals to awaken the minions of the press to their duty speaks volumes on how successfully prevailing narratives define what the public accepts as truth.

Jane Austen Weekly: Spare Me the Political Narrative

Susan Celia Greenfield | Posted 01.14.2013 | Home
Susan Celia Greenfield

Unlike the typical politician, Austen always signals the artificiality of her narratives. If only political narratives -- or all the pundits insisting we need them -- could be as honest. But what politician says, "enjoy the artificiality of my American success story?"

Either Way, A Devastating Death

Tiziana Dearing | Posted 09.17.2012 | Home
Tiziana Dearing

Even if you weren't aware of Phoebe Prince, the story probably seems all too familiar these days. You feel a little sick to your stomach. You are stunned by yet another horrible story of virulent, unchecked bullying. What is happening in our schools? Our neighborhoods?

Do You Tell Stories Like You Sing Karaoke? Here Are Three Things to Save You

Karl Gude | Posted 05.31.2012 | Home
Karl Gude

That's me, at left, listening to campfire stories long ago. "Was your grandmother a lesbian?" I asked. I was responding to a student's question abou...

Jason Linkins

Noted Tactical Voter Mitt Romney Is Planning On Being Upset About Tactical Voting In Michigan | Jason Linkins | Posted 02.28.2012 | Politics

Everyone expects a close finish in Michigan tonight, and if Rick Santorum prevails, you can already make a $10,000 bet that the Mitt Romney campaign i...

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Everyone And No One Won And/Or Lost The Debt Ceiling Fight, Says The Media | Jason Linkins | Posted 10.02.2011 | Media

One of the best features of the "debt ceiling deal" is that no one seems to be able to agree who won or who lost. Maybe everyone won! Maybe everyone l...

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Media Proclaims Debt Deal To Be Good And Virtuous Because No One Is Happy About It | Jason Linkins | Posted 10.01.2011 | Media

Do you remember a more innocent time in your life where you thought the purpose of legislating was to ensure positive-sum outcomes for ordinary Americans? Those were great times!

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Obama Said to Be "Playing the Media Like a Fiddle" | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

The American media has more or less abandoned a substantive discussion of the effects of policy, because they are -- for a lot of reasons -- averse to the idea of coming down on one side or another. Many Beltway media types don't want to do this, for fear of coming across as biased. The rest literally cannot do this because they lack the chops. That's why when major events happen, like the ongoing revolt in Egypt, most of the political media cannot muster up any sort of analysis beyond how those events will effect everyone's reelection hopes back home.

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And So Begins The Comeback Narrative | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Everyone loves a good storyline, but after an election day in which the GOP made decisive gains, your media storytellers found themselves down a narrative cul-de-sac at the very moment they needed to shift their focus toward the excitement and melodrama of the 2012 presidential campaign. What to do? Where to go? Well, those questions have all been answered now that the tax cut compromise package deal has been sealed. President Barack Obama's political comeback is underway! And he only had to break a campaign promise to be relevant again.

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Last Night's Primary And The State Of Political Media Narratives | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Another primary night has come and gone. As always, it's time to check in on the media narratives that have ruled over the campaign season, to see how they fared in last night's tilts. As it turns out, it's sort of a mixed bag!

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This Day In Shoddy Political Media Narratives | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

When it comes to shoddy political journalism, nothing beats those frozen moments when the media strives to half-bake their limp narratives ahead of an election result and end up revealing their biases.

Why I'm Not Ready to Give Up on America

Michael J.W. Stickings | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael J.W. Stickings

Honestly, I'm at the point where I think America may have had it. Eight years of Bush were bad enough, of course, but this past week witnessed further...

Jason Linkins

BREAKING: Politico, Drudge-Baiting And Pointlessly Mystifying The Political Process | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Much has already been said about Politico editor John F. Harris's recent idiotic "7 stories Barack Obama doesn't want told" article. Matt Yglesias mak...

Get the Story: Why We Misunderstand Swine Flu, the Financial Crisis, and other Non-Narrative News

Jay Michaelson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Jay Michaelson

Nameless trends, faceless economic forces -- these are the true villains in today's most pressing dramas, yet they are almost completely unrepresentable on screen.

The Simple Distillation Of McCain's Message Problem

Mark Nickolas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Nickolas

The Tully Message Box is a cleverly simple method of understanding how to develop a narrative that will drive an entire campaign.