The Article for above picture reads, “BEYOND REPAIR” in red, bold, sixty-point font. However, another title could read “Rich Man Inhales Microphone”. A bit unflattering.
Huffington Post Politics is the go-to source for the progressive political posts which inhabit our Facebook feeds. If it’s in red sixty-point bold font over a very unflattering picture of Donald Trump (let’s face it, it’s not hard to find bad pics of him), there’s a good chance it’s from HuffPost. I’m not complaining, as I realize that I am biased in my being Lefty McLefterson from Leftsville, Leftsylvania. However, I am the daughter of a newspaper ad man and know this technique is used by both sides. It’s still tacky when my side resorts to it.
When you first go on HuffPost Politics, the first thing you wonder is, “Do the writers think their readership carry white canes and need service animals?” The reputation of HuffPost when it started was of an egalitarian, voice of the people, source for intelligent opinion-based news. Its origin being that Arianna Huffington realized that her friends and connections had a unique point of view to share. Why are they stuck on shouting in bold and using pictures of people mid-strange-speech-pattern? (the Trump “grimace face” is one of the worst)
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at the James L. Knight Center, Friday, Sept. 16, 2016, in Miami. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)
This practice is a way of focusing on how unlikable he is in a very dumbed-down way. Upon scrolling down, I see no less than eight pictures and articles of him and only three of Hilary. In pictures of Hilary, they pick ones where her face is open and inviting. She is looking sane and Presidential.
If you are given candidate A (above) or B (below) and knew nothing about them, who would you vote for? Each media news-source has an underlying narrative which most people are unaware of. Each media exposure either reinforces or changes beliefs about a candidate. If you receive your news from only one source, you only receive one narrative and are thereby programmed. (“For the benefit of whom?”, is the question we must always ask.) Most of HuffPost Politics’ page is going to be focused on the upcoming election. I can choose to dive-in to all of the muck, but there’s nothing that they can tell me that would make me vote any differently.
I don’t know of anyone who is enthusiastic about this election, on either side. In English class, last semester, we were split up into groups and we all started talking about the election. We assumed, because we were in college, that we were all going to be voting for Bernie or Hilary. This one girl got quiet and looked uncomfortable. She said she wasn’t voting for Hilary. Oh, so you’re with Bernie? She looked more uncomfortable, I whispered, “You’re voting for Trump?” She nodded, we were all uncomfortably silent. A million questions ran through my head and I never asked one. The biggest was, “Why?” She didn’t look terribly like a racist. She looked sane, I never once saw her wearing a tinfoil hat (I used to live in Woodstock, I grade on a curve.). We’re in New York so the whole “Build that Wall” thing is more for the Texans and Arizonans. I wondered if her parents maybe voted Republican and it was a, “As long as you’re under my roof, you’re gonna vote my way!”, kinda thing. Maybe she’s been hurt and is lashing out against Democrat parents, we’re not all bad. From that moment, I found myself being overly-nice to her.None of us in class asked her to clarify her thinking, but there was a distinct “wall” around her. Maybe that was what was in it for her. That’s why this election cycle is so insidious, it is dividing us. I haven’t seen her this semester, I hope she graduated and got a good job, no matter who she votes for.