By Alan Huffman, Michael Rejebian
In politics, discovering the dust is a multimillion-dollar enterprise.
It’s known as competition research—“oppo” to insiders. Few americans are conscious of its life, but oppo has develop into an essential component of the crusade technique, hastening the implosion of numerous office-seekers round the kingdom.
for almost 20 years, former newshounds Alan Huffman and Michael Rejebian were uncovering the buried truths approximately political applicants, from presidential appointees down to neighborhood school-board hopefuls. We’re with Nobody is the eye-opening account in their lifestyles as competition researchers—a notable experience around the American political panorama and during the customarily seamy underbelly of U.S. politics. From doing conflict with reluctant, occasionally purposefully deceptive bureaucrats to arriving in an unmarked police motor vehicle for a clandestine assembly at the New Jersey waterfront, We’re with Nobody deals readers a revealing slice of nationwide and political existence: a close-up examine today’s political approach, the fallible women and men we frequently decide to characterize us and the little-understood of attempting to deliver candidates’ weaknesses to gentle.
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66 Newly elected Speaker Newt Gingrich agreed. "67 Republicans and Democrats, members of the House and the Senate offer confirmation. "You come out of a legislative conference and there's reporters standing around with their ears twitching," comments Wyoming Republican Senator Alan Simpson. "They don't want to know whether anything was resolved for the betterment of the United States. They want to know who got hammered, who tricked whom They're not interested in clarity. "68 "I do not remember a time when the press was as negative as it is," says Massachusetts Democrat Barney Frank.
43 New York Times columnist Tom Friedman phrases the distinction well. "Skepticism is about asking questions, being dubious, being wary, not being gullible. Cynicism is about already having the answers — or thinking you do The skeptic says, T don't think that's true. ' The cynic says, 'I know that's not true. It couldn't be. '"44 Some see in the rise of cynicism the "weakening.. "45 Indeed, a growing sense of "stalemate, gridlock, cynicism ... "46 C Y N I C I S M OR R E A L I S M ? 27 The Meaning of the Rise in Cynicism A rich tradition of inquiry asks what evidence of public mistrust or distrust means.
1 They lamented that research on how political schemata affected judgments was no different from research into ideology, attitude, public opinion, or evaluation and affect — concepts long a part of the conceptual tools of political scientists. A similar claim can be made about the concept of framing. When applied to the structuring of news and other texts, this concept suffers from two problems. First, it has been used in different ways in several different disciplines to mean different things.