As they debated whether or not to ratify the Constitution, America’s
Founding Fathers may have found the technology of Podcasting useful, if only
it had been available. Civic-minded people could have downloaded those
spirited debates, both pro and con, in what was our nation’s first major PR
But there is a cautionary tale, too–especially for the world of modern
political reporting, which often eschews context and nuance, and focuses
instead on hyperbole. The result is that the crux of a debate may be lost.
What’s left is overheated rhetoric–such as the term “bashing”–that may not
have been in the original dialogue but which is supplied later by
journalists who relish a good fight and take statements out of context.
My choice of the word “bashing” is not an accident–it illustrates the point
I am trying to make. Readers of the Sacramento Bee may know what I’m talking
It was recently written that I “bashed [Gov.] Schwarzenegger for his