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New Media as propaganda: a comment on the US presidential election. Rudy Giuliani is just barely ahead, Hillary Clinton has enemies, and Barack Obama’s supporters are playing dirty

 

The American presidential race is only a year away so the gloves are coming off, the mud is starting to sling, and already winners are being declared.  According to the most recent polls on pollingreport.com Giuliani has a three point lead over Hillary and a two point lead over Obama.  Those are pretty slim odds.  Giuliani is a centralist Republican with some leftists leanings.  According to the wikipedia he has supported gay-rights, pro-choice, and gun-control.  He has also been divorced and was voted Time’s Person of the Year in 2001 for his leadership in New York City during the 9/11 crisis.  However, an American friend has confided in me that Giuliani will never be elected.  His leftist leanings and complicated personal life are too much for the extreme and powerful Christian right. 

Hillary Clinton’s run for president is as complex and nasty as the gossip about her personal life during Bill Clinton’s time in office.  Hillary is again the victim.  Only this time it’s not over an alleged extramarital affair.  Now it’s supporters of the other candidate that are playing dirty.  Today I ready a very disturbing article on MSNBC.COM that revealed how a supporter of Obama created a negative political add debasing Hillary that has been viewed by over 1.5 million people on You Tube.  The use of the propaganda demonstrates a new type of political weapon.  Gurrila media through YouTube and the blogosphere.  Hillary faces quite an uphill battle in this race.  Her every move is scrutinized from her wardrobe choices to her taste in home décor.  Moreover, there is a Hillary backlash amongst all those right-wing Christians.  Of all the major candidates she is the one with the most points in the category “would never vote for”.  A shame really.  To me Hillary stands as a fantastic example of sexism in our current society.  No one talks about her politics.  Everyone attacks her personal life.  Traditional woman revile her for being ambitious and competitors use her drive to start a personal attack- as if it is a crime for a woman to strive for achievement and success in our current culture.

For the record, Hillary has always supported health care, education, and has voted against the war in Iraq.  She is a strong politician who deserves to be considered on her own terms and not judged against a double standard that does not affect male candidates.

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4 Responses to “New Media as propaganda: a comment on the US presidential election. Rudy Giuliani is just barely ahead, Hillary Clinton has enemies, and Barack Obama’s supporters are playing dirty”


  1. March 27, 2007 at 12:26 am

    personally, i think american in general and as a whole is still not ready for a black nor a female president.

  2. March 28, 2007 at 5:10 pm

    It’s so funny… as a Canadian I have this feeling that the outcome of the US elections is almost more important to Canada as the outcome of our own! Perhaps a reflection of how much I am exposed to American media, despite the fact that I do not have Cable TV.

  3. March 30, 2007 at 1:13 pm

    Here is a good site with information about Hilary’s voting records. http://projects.washingtonpost.com/congress/members/c001041/

    Mind you the Washington Post is (IMHO) far from being balanced but the information on voting records is public information.

    Hilary Clinton would be the Democratic front runner by a landslide if she hadn’t voted in favor of the 2002 resolution authorizing the use of force against Iraq. She has also voted for every funding increase and voted against John Kerry’s legislation for a withdrawl (but so did Obama).

    Mind you she can argue that she only voted because of the faulty intelligence, lies etc. that her and the other members of congress were fed. She has recently said that she would remove the troops if elected. She may be forced to admit her vote was mistake (Like Edwards) but I doubt she will.

    I was curious to see when the FoxNews hounds would start coming after her again. Maybe they won’t now that she is such good friends with Rupert Murdoch. http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2006/05/09/politics/main1600694.shtml
    This must be a case that politics makes strange bedfellows.

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