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DEMS' COMMON GOOD VS. THE REPUBLICANS' RADICAL INDIVIDUALISM: Democratic Strategists Converge on Frame Device that Immediately Communicates Party Ideals

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How do you communicate the underlying meaning and values of a political party with a single word or phrase? Republicans have boiled it down to "national security, tax relief, and family values." And now Democratic strategists think they have figured out the catchphrase that strategically conveys ...

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CLONING, YOU-TUBE, AND ROBERT NOVAK: Columnist Opens by Referencing 'Missourians Against Human Cloning' Video on YouTube; Political Ad Frames Missouri Constitutional Amendment as Really About Public Accountability

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Last week, I detailed the growing use of YouTube as a strategic communication tool. Now, in today's Chicago Sun Times, Washington Post, and in other papers across the country, there appears a leading example. Syndicated scribe Robert Novak opens his column about the Missouri constitutional ...

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WHAT DOES THE PUBLIC THINK OF BUSH ON GLOBAL WARMING? For Republicans, the Issue Polls Way Behind Flag Burning and the Inheritance Tax in Importance; But Overall, the Public Rates the President's Job Performance on Global Warming as Miserable

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As usual, global warming is no where close to being a major topic of debate in the upcoming election, despite the fact that 2006 will be a historic high in amount of coverage at the New York Times and Washington Post. Global warming fails to receive more attention at election time, in part ...

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CHEVY SILVERADO AD PRIMES 9/11 AND PATRIOTISM: Truck Commercial with John 'Cougar' Mellencamp Makes Terrorist Attacks Salient For Viewers Just Before Election; Boosts GOP Strategy to Define the Criteria Voters Use

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You know you have reached a new ethical low in advertising when 9/11 is now fair game for selling commercial products, much less pickup trucks. But for those who haven't caught the ad, Chevy is running a commercial throughout primetime that fronts John "Cougar" Mellencamp singing "This is Our ...

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YOU TUBE AS STRATEGIC COMMUNICATION: Video Site Emerges as New Vehicle for Targeting Audiences; Examples Include Magnifying the Inhofe Hype; Targeting Teens with Anti-Drug Commercials; and Promoting Documentaries

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YouTube is quickly emerging as a new tool for strategic communication. Uses include promoting documentaries by posting trailers and news clips (see this post on Jesus Camp), reaching bigger audiences with community-based or advocacy media (see this clip by PR Watch), amplifying the views of ...

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FRAMING AS A PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT TOOL: Slides from AAAS Talk Posted Online, Close to 200 Fill Auditorium for Science Policy Speaker Series

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Turn out at this morning's presentation at AAAS approached 200, and it looked like the auditorium was completely full. It's a sign that interest in framing as a public engagement tool is really increasing. The Q&A session was a particular highlight for me, with many great comments and insights ...

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PRESENTATION TOMORROW AT AAAS HQ: Research Shows That the Public Relies on Frames and Values to Make Sense of Policy Debates; Challenges Common Assumptions About What is Effective Science Communication

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For those in the DC area, tomorrow I will be giving the following presentation at AAAS HQ as part of the Science Policy Alliance speaker series. Breakfast is at 730 and the talk kick-offs at 815. I'm told about 180 people have RSVPed. I hope some readers can make it! In the presentation, I ...

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CAN INTELLIGENT DESIGN GO GLOBAL? Pope's Continued Mixed Messages Allow Conservatives to Frame Appeals that Resonate with Catholic Audiences Internationally

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Following Pope Benedict's late August seminar on evolution, the consensus view from Science magazine and intelligent design watchdogs appeared to be that the Vatican was not yet ready to endorse ID, but rather was likely to come out in support of a theological view of evolution. Yet, the Pope ...

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STRATEGIC COMMUNICATION IN THE FOLEY CASE: If You Were a Republican, and Wanted This Scandal Over, What Should You Do? Lanny Davis On Framing the Story Before Your Opponents Do

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Lanny Davis, former White House counsel under Clinton, veteran of the Monica Lewinsky wars, and a recognized expert on crisis communication was on NPR this morning, offering some very valuable insight on message strategy in the Mark Foley page scandal. Davis recommends that iin any scandal, you ...

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STATE OF DENIAL: Woodward Amplifies Framing of a Dogmatic President Out-of-Touch with Reality; Interpretation Traces Back to Katrina as the Catalyst

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Everyone here in D.C. is talking about Bob Woodward's State of Denial, as the book's insider accounts continue to dominate the news cycle this week. Woodward's impact offers a leading example of how politicians, journalists, and the general public use frames to cut down on complexity and ...

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'I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO A CHRISTIAN FLAG': Release of 'Jesus Camp' Demonstrates Power of a Documentary to Shape News Agenda and Framing; Film Sparks News Focus on Evangelical Movement and the Indoctrination of Kids

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Email list servs and blogs aren't the only things buzzing about the new documentary 'Jesus Camp,' (trailer) which opens in major cities this weekend, including here in D.C. The news media has also discovered the film, and its impact has been to generate a string of news reports that focus on a ...

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SO MUCH FOR FAMILY VALUES: Inhofe Attacks Andrew Revkin's New Book for Kids; NY Times Journalist Responds By Way of His Blog and Book Site

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Just to show you how out of touch Inhofe and his staff are in their attack on the media, they even label as alarmist Andrew Revkin of the NY Times. I've read through literally dozens of Revkin's articles, I have seen him speak on several occasions, and interviewed him for this article on ...

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DOES THE PUBLIC BELIEVE INHOFE'S HYPE? Public Is Split on Whether Media Exaggerate Global Warming Threat; Though Compared to 1997, More Americans Now Believe that the Media Downplays Global Warming

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Yesterday, Senator James Inhofe, Chair of the Committee on Public Works & the Environment, issued a challenge to journalists to stop what he called the "media hype" over global warming. Inhofe compiles a list of what he considers exaggerated distortions of global warming from recent and past news ...