Political Framing Issues

George Washington in service to his country

George Washington
in service to his country

George III in service to himself

George III in service to himself

Trump is a master at playing the media and focusing attention on his issues on his terms.

National Conversation

Here are three items a vibrant press should ensure enhance the national conversation.

  1. Ten million more Americans in 2018 voted for Democratic representatives than Republicans.
    1. A clear rejection of Trump positions and attitudes, yet rarely mentioned to leaven the proposals out of the Trump administration.
  2. Is Trump our president or are we his subjects?
    1. Do we want a George Washington or a George the Third?
    2. Trump’s rejection of Constitutional oversight is based on the position he is above the law.
  3. Ten thousand lies, misstatements, and very low probability opinions have a profound effect on decision-making.
    1. The poor choices will cause problems for many years, even when masked by the DC circus.
    2. The media needs to make truth sandwiches of Trump’s tweets.

Washington Post counts Trump’s lies, but how often have you read or heard a report that ties them to proposals. Probably one hundred times less than the trumpeting of the policy proposals.

So What

Huge differences in the relative presentation of alternative views results in a distortion of thoughts (due to ready-made fallback rule of thumb, when you have no personal experience with the issue, the truth lies midway between two most extreme positions you hear).

 

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