Politics & Propaganda: Designing the President

Submitted by lmcshane on Wed, 09/17/2008 - 19:59.
10/06/2008 - 18:00
10/06/2008 - 20:00

Politics & Propaganda: Designing the President

Spectrum: The Lockwood Thompson Dialogues presents Politics & Propaganda: Designing the President featuring Donna Brazile (CNN) & Frank Rich (NY Times) and moderated by Dan Moulthrop (WCPN).


This event will be held on Monday, October 6, 2008 @ 6pm in the Cleveland Public Library Louis Stokes Wing Auditorium. It is FREE and open to the public, but seating is limited. To reserve tickets call 216-621-5330 or email contactus [at] clevelandpublicart [dot] org before Sept. 24, 2008.


Spectrum delves into a dialogue of how the campaign process has evolved in order to sell presidential candidates. This year, America faces an historic candidacy and many firsts, but are things really so different?

Donna Brazile authored Cooking with Grease: Stirring the Pots in American Politics, is an adjunct professor at Georgetown University, and contributor and political commentator on CNN's The Situation Room and American Morning.

Frank Rich has won numerous awards, is a columnist for the New York Times, and has years of experience working as a film, television, and theatre critic.

This event will be moderated by Dan Moulthrop, host of WCPN ideastream's show The Sound of Ideas.

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Get your tickets

From Cleveland Public Art--reserve your FREE tickets by calling 621-5330 or emailing contactus [at] clevelandpublicart [dot] org ...the auditorium is almost to capacity...

Get there early

  Open seating to the free ticket holders ends at 5:50 p.m.  So, get there early for a good seat.  The event will also be simulcast to an overflow capacity area for unticketed guests. 

(On a personal note, I am very intrigued by the enormous response to this forum topic.  What does this say about the information provided by our media sources?)

Cracker Jack

For those of you who missed it, the Lockwood Thompson Spectrum dialogue was great tonight. Donna Brazile and Frank Rich were entertaining, although the program did stray from the topic on the design and marketing of political candidates.

The speakers and the moderator knew they were speaking to a fairly liberal crowd, so they felt comfortable attacking the packaging of McCain and Palin. I caution them to remember the huge demographic of America characterized by A.M. radio. I spoke tonight with an Obama organizer. Please don't discount the America that listens to A.M. radio. We need to be on the same frequency as that America. I later walked to the bus with another attendee and he echoed my sentiment--"Don't forget how many people listen to Rush Limbaugh."

So, pay attention Obama campaign organizers. I have received too many flyers and emails sent to me. Yes, the new media is important, but reach the old media listeners. Come November 4th, I don't want a president that comes in a cracker jack box.