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The Obama "O" vs. the Romney "R"

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It is a sad testament to the superficiality of modern society that graphic design plays such a large role today in one of life’s most important arenas, that arena being politics.
Politicians have always used imagery in their campaigns, usually a variation on the Stars and Stripes or red-white-and-blue motifs. But in 2008 we were witness to a drastic change in how presidential campaigns were run in this regard.
Shepard Fairey’s iconic Obama print was inescapable. You remember the one: the four-tone image of Obama from the top of his head to the knot of his tie, his shoulders facing stage left, his visionary gaze facing stage right, looking forward and a little upward, presumably towards what liberals would call progress; and beneath it all, serving as the foundation, the word “HOPE.” This image was printed large on the fronts of T-shirts purchased primarily by young adults and blacks. The image was miniaturized and made into bumper stickers. The image was even super-miniaturized and used as the sticker found on apples and bananas. (Okay, I made that last one up.) The point is that it was everywhere.
We were also inundated with what is now probably the most recognizable symbol worldwide after the cross and the swastika: the Obama “O,” its namesake’s official symbol. It may come as a surprise to some, but the “O” does not in fact stand for “Obnoxious.” It was created by a design firm called Sender LLC. I may not like what the symbol stands for, but considering the success of Sender LLC’s work in 2008, if I needed a logo created to represent me, I would seek their number post-haste.
It is an undeniably effective symbol. “We were looking at the ‘O’ of his name and had the idea of a rising sun and a new day,” said Sol Sender, the design company’s creative director.
Beyond that, however, the symbol follows the Golden Rule of political campaigns by including the colors of the American flag. And not just the colors, but the stripes, which curve upward and across the bottom half of the symbol, resembling an American flag draped over a hill in the good ol’ American countryside. “Obama is all about America,” it says. The stripes are enclosed comfortingly in the “O,” evoking a sense that we are under Obama’s protection. Furthermore, the “O” is not Roman, but is in a modern typeface that renders it a perfect circle. Circles are universal symbols of inclusion, oneness, wholeness, completion. To top it all off, the symbol is easily replicated and immediately recognizable.
The excitement from voters in 2008 sometimes made it seem as if they were voting for Obama’s symbol as opposed to what they were really voting for: Obama’s symbolism.
In 2008, there was no Republican symbol to counter Obama’s. Not so in 2012, however. Mitt Romney has his “R” symbol, which, while I do like it better than the Obama symbol, I admit it does not come close to being as effective. Romney’s “R” does have some good elements to it, namely the color scheme (red, white, and blue, naturally) and the fact that it greatly resembles a flag loosely fluttering in the wind atop a flag pole. And of course it is a nice change of scenery for a conservative, but beyond these assets, it is lacking.
Now, as is demonstrated in nearly every conversation with a liberal, liberals are very emotional and romantic and are easily affected by things that make them feel. Conservatives, on the other hand, rely on logic and truth. Conservatives get emotional, sure, but their beliefs are generally based on what their brains, not their hearts, tell them. In this way, the two candidates’ respective symbols serve as a contrast between the two candidates’ constituents: Obama’s are feelers, Romney’s are thinkers.

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Leftist Journalist Slams Paralyzed GOP Candidate Standing To Recite Pledge Of Allegiance At RNC

So now it’s ok to kneel but it’s not ok to stand?

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Leftist Journalist Slams Young Paralyzed GOP Candidate Standing To Recite Pledge Of Allegiance At RNC

Madison Cawthorn standing to recite the Pledge was enough cause for PBS journalist Yamiche Alcindor to slam him on Twitter, writing: “Madison Cawthorn made it a point to stand, suggesting that all Americans to (sic) should stand during the pledge of allegiance & national anthem. It was a direct rebuke of actions by ppl — including black athletes who are currently sitting out games — protesting police brutality.”

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Madison Cawthorn, 25, the young GOP candidate for North Carolina’s 11th Congressional District, spoke Wednesday at the Republican National Convention from his wheelchair, as he has been paralyzed since the age of 18 from a car accident. At the end of his speech, Cawthorn, with the help of two men on either side of him, slowly rose to his feet to recite a brief portion of the Pledge of Allegiance.

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Cawthorn began by mentioning the terrible car accident that robbed him of the use of his legs, saying, “Instantly, my hopes and dreams were seemingly destroyed. I was given a 1% chance of surviving. But thanks to the power of prayer, a very loving community, and many skilled doctors, I made it.”

“My accident has given me new eyes to see and new ears to hear; God protected my mind and my ability to speak, so I say to people who feel forgotten, ignored and invisible: I see you. I hear you,” Cawthorn stated.

He continued, “In times of peril, young people have stepped up and saved this country, abroad and at home. We held the line, scaled the cliffs, crossed oceans, liberated camps, and cracked codes. Yet today, political forces want to usher in the digital dark ages. A time of information without wisdom and tribalism without truth. National leaders on the Left have normalized emotion-based voting and a radicalized identity politics that rejects Martin Luther King’s dream. MLK’s dream is our dream: for all Americans to be judged solely on their character.” More

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CNN’s Stelter Says They May Cut Away From The RNC If There’s ‘Disinformation’

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CNN’s Stelter Says They May Cut Away From The RNC If There’s ‘Disinformation’

CNN’s Brian Stelter says the network will do live ‘fact-checks’ of the Republican convention, then gets blasted for not doing the same with Democrats.

“Television nets are going to have interesting choices to make…about whether to cut away if there’s this stream of disinformation happening live.” Promises CNN will cut in with “fact” checks.

Twitter weighs in:

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Trump Dunks On Reporter Over Not Wearing Masks: It’s A ‘Peaceful Protest’

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Trump Dunks On Reporter Over Not Wearing Masks: It’s A ‘Peaceful Protest’

President Donald Trump shoots down a reporter’s claim that NJ club members violating coronavirus guidelines: ‘It’s a peaceful protest.’

“No, this is a political activity,” Trump responded as the crowd booed the reporter. “You’re wrong on that because it’s a political activity. They have exceptions … and it’s also a peaceful protest.”

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MSNBC Ends Interview After Pro-Trump Dem Lawmaker BLASTS Him For Suggesting That He’s Getting Paid To Support Trump

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MSNBC Ends Interview After Pro-Trump Dem Lawmaker BLASTS Him For Suggesting That He’s Getting Paid To Support Trump

Democratic Georgia Rep. Vernon Jones told MSNBC anchor Craig Melvin that he is “paid to shape a liberal narrative” during a heated interview in which the lawmaker took exception to a question about whether or not he’s compensated to support President Trump.

OUCH: MSNBC Host Gets BLASTED After Suggesting Dem Lawmaker Is Paid To Support Trump

OUCH: MSNBC Host ENDS Interview after pro-Trump Democratic lawmaker BLASTS him for suggesting that he’s getting paid to support Trump

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Vernon Jones, who is a member of Black Voices for Trump Advisory Board, was asked by MSNBC host Craig Melvin if he is paid to support Trump as a Democrat.

“Are you a paid campaign surrogate? Are you being compensated?” Craig Melvin bluntly questioned.

“Let me be clear. You get paid to shape a liberal narrative. You get paid to attack this president,” Vernon Jones shot back. “I don’t get a dime for this president. I don’t get a dime from the campaign. Everything I’ve done has been me and based on my principles.”

Jones then started to discuss how African Americans are expected to oppose Trump but Melvin cut him off. “Sir, I did not raise your race,” Melvin said as bickering intensified.

“Let me finish now. Let me finish,” Vernon Jones said.

“No, no, wait. Whoa, whoa, whoa. You’re not going to imply that I asked that question because you’re Black,” Craig Melvin responded.

“So don’t ask me that. You only ask me that because I don’t fit your narrative. I don’t want anything from this president. It’s what I can do for my country and you need to accept that many other African Americans and others support this president because of his policies. And to insult me to say am I getting paid, that is disgraceful,” Vernon Jones said

“That’s representative of MSNBC and their narrative to keep Blacks silent who happen to support this president,” Vernon Jones added. “Why can’t I be like White liberals or other Whites, nobody questions if they’re getting paid, so do you ask Democrats [if] are they getting paid? Are you getting paid by Joe Biden?”

Craig Melvin then quickly ended the interview.

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ABC Gets Mocked For Their “Peaceful Demonstration Intensifies” Claim

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ABC Gets Mocked For Their "Peaceful Demonstration Intensifies" Claim

ABC got mocked after they tweeted “peaceful demonstration intensifies” about a violent incident that happened in California.

The protest in Oakland turned violent when demonstrators set fire to a courthouse, vandalized a police station and shot fireworks at officers.

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Fox Soul Cancels Farrakhan Broadcast After Outrage On Social Media

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Fox Soul Cancels Farrakhan Broadcast After Outrage On Social Media

Fox Soul network won’t air the upcoming Louis Farrakhan speech after a lot of outcry on social media.

Fox Soul, which bills itself as “a live and interactive streaming channel dedicated to the African American viewer that premiered in January 2020,” announced on Monday that it will not broadcast the speech after facing backlash.

TDW:

Fox Soul, Fox TV’s streaming service targeted to black viewers, has canceled a Fourth of July program that was set to feature Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan.

The new network had planned to air a “Message to America” from Nation of Islam leader Farrakhan, who has been widely criticized for anti-Semitic and racist statements. Farrakhan was scheduled to deliver his remarks — dubbed “The Criterion: An Announcement to the World” — at 11 a.m. EDT on America’s birthday.

Among other widely reported comments, Farrakhan compared Jews to termites and defended the use of the phrase “death to America” on a visit to Iran in 2018.

Former New York State Assemblyman Dov Hikind, a Democrat and founder of Americans Against Antisemitism, called on Fox Soul to cancel the program.

“@AmericansAA calls upon @FOXTV to immediately cancel the planned JULY 4 broadcast of Dishonorable Minister of Hate @LouisFarrakhan on @[email protected] considers the Nation of Islam to be an extremist hate group. So why amplify this hateful voice?!#CancelFarrakhanNow!” he wrote.

Others also blasted the network for giving Farrakhan a platform. More

I’m normally against the cancel culture, but I won’t shed a tear that Louis Farrakhan got canceled. He truly deserves it!

 

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CNN Reporter and Crew Freed After Being Arrested by Minneapolis Police While Covering Protests

While CNN may not be the most balanced news outlet out there, the Constitution guarantees them certain rights that we must all defend….no matter how we feel about their programming.

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As if things couldn’t get any more dystopian around here these days, we now have concerns that the First Amendment is under attack in Minneapolis.

First there was the global pandemic, followed swiftly by a cultural flood of angst after the death of George Floyd at the hands of the Minneapolis police.  During their attempt to cover the protests that have erupted surrounding the case, a CNN reporter and his crew were arrested.

A CNN crew was arrested while giving a live television report Friday morning in Minneapolis — and then released about an hour later — as the crew covered ongoing protests over the death in police custody of George Floyd.

State police detained CNN correspondent Omar Jimenez, his producer and his photojournalist shortly after 5 a.m. CT (6 a.m. ET) as Jimenez was reporting live from a street south of downtown, near where a police precinct building was earlier set ablaze.

Jimenez could be seen holding his CNN badge while reporting, identifying himself as a reporter, and telling the officers the crew would move wherever officers needed them to. An officer gripped his arm as Jimenez talked, then put him in handcuffs.

“We can move back to where you like. We are live on the air here. … Put us back where you want us. We are getting out of your way — wherever you want us (we’ll) get out of your way,” Jimenez said to police before he was led away.

Jimenez and his associates were eventually freed without charges, after it was made very clear that arresting members of the press is not something that we do here in America…even if it is CNN.

The journalist said that police treated them justly during their brief detention.

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