Obama -good image – positive frame
I just read an important article about a disturbing pattern of how right wing conservatives use visual and verbal “frames” to manipulate media and politics. In this case, Obama is the target of the latest racist swiftboat operation.
Because I have posted images and criticism of Obama here that could be manipulated or misinterpreted as discussed in this article, I’d like to distinguish my work from the racist attack that is now underway.
See below – The images I’ve posted (under the headline”Obama Rocks Harrisburg“) are dignified positive frames of the Obama Harrisburg Pa. primary rally. They show Obama against a backdrop of the Capitol building (symbolic power); an enthusiastic audience; and inspirational supporters and speakers (black and white folks).
The criticism I’ve offered is principled – regarding the AIPAC speech, Iran, and the disappointing position to support the FISA “compromise”. But the headlines I have used (“caving”) could be distorted and do (unintentionally) reinforce a bad frame.
I strongly urge folks to read this article.
The Bad Frame: Why Are the New Yorker, Salon and Other Liberal Media Doing the Right’s Dirty Work?
This week’s New Yorker cover image of the Obamas is shocking in the racism and gross stereotyping that is built into its supposed satire.