posts about or somewhat related to ‘rhetoric’

Six years into his rule, Obama’s position can appear confusing, even contradictory. Though the executive retains control of the country’s powerful intelligence service, capable of the extrajudicial execution of the regime’s opponents half a world away, the president’s efforts to govern domestically have been stymied in the legislature by an extremist rump faction of the main opposition party.

Josh Keaton, If It Happened There… the Government Shutdown, Slate.

FJP: First in a series in which American events are described using the tropes and tone normally employed by American media to report on events in other countries.


We took the transcript from the second U.S. presidential debate, dissected the transcript between what Gov. Mitt Romney said and what President Barack Obama said, and ran Romney and Obama’s words through a word cloud generator.

The red word cloud generator represents what Romney said at the debate, while the blue word cloud generator represents what Obama said at the debate.

Cross talk, when audible, was included in the cloud. Inaudible cross talk, as well as words spoken by the audience and moderator Candy Crowley, were omitted.

Read the transcript from the second U.S. presidential debate here

(via reuters)

It’s about time we held our journalists responsible for their part in this climate of misinformation and suspicion. No longer should the general public be content with news networks and publications too busy trying to win ratings and readers rather than performing their actual job of informing the public. And just informing, not shaping their opinion. No editorials, no opinion pieces, just the facts.

Until then, I’ll keep looking to foreign news agencies who take their responsibility a lot more seriously as a source of information than their US counterparts for my news fix.

On the blog Living Between Worlds, Katie Westrich asks, “what happened to investigative reporting?” after the coverage of the Oslo attacks in the news. What followed after the acts of terrorism was political rhetoric, gimmicks and emotional appeals rather than hard news coverage.

How long has this been the case? Are we just now noticing it? The RTDNA might be a good place for journalists to begin to wonder.

H/T: Living Between Worlds