Tuesday, April 29, 2008

The problem with soundbites

This is a comment to a clip from the Moyer-Wright interview I told you about a few days ago:

Agenda-driven pundits will likely continue to hammer on the Reverend Wright soundbites in a deliberate effort to link Obama to his words. People like that do not seek "answers", they seek to prolong a swift-boating episode that, amazingly, has had some success. I say "amazingly" because when anyone takes the effort to listen to the full context of the Wright soundbites, their impact is diminished significantly. Unfortunately, the soundbite is what far, far too many, will remember.

What if pundits had given the same treatment to Lincoln after the Gettysburg address?

Lincoln Disowns Troop's Sacrifice!

".... we can not dedicate - we can not consecrate - we can not hallow - this ground...."

(Rabid denunciations of Lincoln's comment are printed in newspaper editorials across the country.)


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