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Editorial: Republicans’ PR might stink, but the media do not help




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September 12, 2012 | 1,050 views | 1 comment

From my own personal experience, I realize that the liberals have a leg up on conservatives when it comes to public information and/or misinformation.

If the email messages for editor@wilsoncountynews.com are any indication, the liberals (or Democrats) must send out jillions of messages. During the Democratic National Convention, I received several dozen daily. They continue to arrive regularly with all the latest talking points. I see them in my inbox and then I see my liberal friends posting them on Facebook. It’s easy -- and very effective -- all the more so because just about every major media outlet regurgitates the same talking points.

Here’s how it works. Every time a conservative (Read “Republican”) opens his mouth, issues any statement, or makes a public appearance, my inbox (and, I’m sure, the inbox of every conceivable news outlet in the United States) is filled with the Dems’ talking points. They obviously have a very dedicated and sophisticated Rapid Response Team monitoring each and every remark made by anyone not on their team. They are ready and waiting to pounce-- and pounce, they do!

All I get from the Republicans are campaign fund requests. For a change, I would like to see them use the same effective strategy as the Dems.

It’s like ... H-E-L-L-O ???... Republicans! Where are you? You can use email for something besides fund-raising.

This is what I mean. As I was writing this, the Republicans put out an email alert advising that they are in Wisconsin producing a series of TV campaign ads. The advertising campaign is to combat the attacks currently being launched against Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan by liberal activist groups, and repeated by a willing news media.

That’s a worthy goal, but I would really have appreciated it if, just once, they would include a bit more information about the good things that Ryan is doing instead of just asking for money. Heck, I not only get emails, but I even get tweets from President Barack Obama, but they usually are just for selling his merchandise. I must not be on his A-list.

But here’s an example from the Romney-Ryan campaign:

Elaine,

We know not everyone could be there for the convention -- so we decided to send you some highlights. With so many incredible speakers and moments, it was hard to pick just a few!

Finally! I was about to read one of the key convention speeches, but no. Instead, the message referenced a few pithy quotes from the convention and referred to a campaign video.

This was followed by the obligatory request for donations.

The message continued: It was an inspiring week! [I know ... tell me about it!] Now I hope you’ll join us as we take all that momentum, energy and optimism back onto the campaign trail -- and to victory in November.

This was followed by another suggestion of a donation, and, Thanks for your support.

It was disappointing, since my inbox was filled with copies of each and every speech even before it was delivered at the Democratic National Convention. Every speech, including the president’s. They made interesting reading -- and saved a lot of time on Google checking out what was said.

But all I got from the Republican National Convention was another request for donations. Where’s that Republican Rapid Response Team when you need it? Perhaps they need to get some advice from Ron Paul. He seems to know how to connect with his supporters.
 

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The Marcelina Muse  
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September 12, 2012 3:03pm
 
The Repubs want to stay above the fray and the Dems want to hit below the belt. Simple. But in a street fight if you are looking upward you get blindsided and you lose. For some reason the Republicans have never understood trench ... More ›

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