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actress and animal activist Ashley Judd
"I am outraged by Sarah Palin's promotion of this cruel, unscientific and senseless practice, which has no place in modern America,"
In 2006, Palin ran for governor with a build-the-bridge plank in her platform,saying she would "not allow the spinmeisters to turn this into something that's so negative."Palin criticized the use of the word "nowhere" as insulting to local residents and urged speedy work on building the infrastructure "while our congressional delegation is in a strong position to assist.
In 2008, as a vice-presidential candidate, Palin characterized her position as having told Congress "thanks, but no thanks, on that bridge to nowhere." This angered some Alaskans in Ketchikan, who said that the claim was false and a betrayal of Palin's previous support for their community. Some critics complained that this statement was misleading, since she had expressed support for the spending project and kept the Federal money after the project was canceled.
Once again, the game of politics—rather than the ideas or even the background of the personalities—has dominated how the press has presented the race for president...One other finding of this study is that the news media also appear to be preoccupied with the head-to-head contest of the first major African American candidate and the first serious female contender for a major party nomination on the Democratic side...There are other factors that may have tipped the press’ gaze more toward Democrats. The Republicans candidates with large war chests announced later than Democrats, and that would explain part of why Republicans received less news attention in the first five months of coverage. But it does not explain all of the difference, for even after the GOP race had begun, Democrats continued to get more exposure.
That tilt toward Democrats and elite candidates was truer of some outlets more than others. One news operation studied stands out as offering a contrast to these trends--The News Hour on PBS. It took a measurably different approach, focusing on all the candidates and offering audiences a broad look at their agendas for the country....
WASILLA, Alaska — Gov. Sarah Palin lives by the maxim that all politics is local, not to mention personal. So when there was a vacancy at the top of the State Division of Agriculture, she appointed a high school classmate, Franci Havemeister, to the $95,000-a-year directorship. A former real estate agent, Ms. Havemeister cited her childhood love of cows as a qualification for running the roughly $2 million agency.
Ouch there is decrease in popularity,look at the chart of my opponent.
Palin's popularity has swooned as new information about the local abuse-of-power investigation known as Troopergate has trickled out, and as national and local media pick over her track record as a governor and small-town mayor.
The picture she paints for herself is one of corruption.
The way the mainstream media puts these people out there is what matters
But once the media had the opportunity to interview the former beauty queen and small town mayor, her favourability ratings dropped dramatically. In an interview with ABC News, Palin appeared not to know what the "Bush Doctrine" is. Another television interview, this one with CBS, also didn't go well, with the governor often appearing confused about major issues and offering rambling, incoherent answers.
There is no denying that the spike in approval in the beginning of September was due to Sarah Palin being selected.
John McCain was already showing signs of decline in approval since the beginning.
John McCain has received the most negative news coverage since the beginning.
This one is fairly clear cut souls picks up the win . Souls struck with the topic of the debate and GUNSINWAR never reconciles Palin background with the topic . Put another way the argument that Palin made a positive impact on on McCain Campaign before she crashed and burnt is not refuted .
I have to admit that I was a bit disappointed with this contest.. both sides failed to use one of my favorite debating tools available, the socratic questions.
souls, presented his case well at first, but could use a bit more brevity in getting points across, longer posts are not always necessary to deliver a point.
later on in the contest, souls' position seemed to lack the focus needed to nail down his side of the debate.
GUNSINWAR, was not quite as clear, for me, the majority of the argument came off more as an attack on Palin rather than disprove the topic:
"The selection of Sarah Palin as a running mate had a positive impact on John McCain's Presidential campaign"
The attempt at circumventing the video submission rule twice showed a lack of understanding of the rules of this debate.
The member's bright spot was tackling the charts that souls posted, and hammering home the decline in the tracking poll after the short spike after Palin was announced.
After review, the nod for this contest goes to
I do see promise in both fighters, and with a few more contests under their belt, both have the opportunity to shine in this forum.