What began as a mnemonic device to help an attention-challenged presidential candidate stay on message is now being promoted by a mnemonic device created by that President to build support for, well, actually building his wall. "BUILD A WALL & CRIME WILL FALL," he tweeted not once, but twice this morning -- just in case you weren't paying attention.
WASHINGTON, DC -- Given the shenanigans of the past couple of years, I've begun to wonder whether voters are beginning to check out of political media and marketing altogether. So when 'MediaPost' hosted some of the leading practitioners in the field here Tuesday, I asked them what they thought.
Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. Continue fooling me, and we have a seriously dysfunctional relationship. That's how I feel about the media after watching last night's prime-time broadcast of wolf cries from the Oval Office.
Day 12 of the government shutdown and the news cycle has been successfully commandeered by the President's demands for funding a wall on the Southern border. His defenders say it's not a real wall, but a metaphor for a secure border. Metaphors abound with this presidency, even if it's not always clear what they represent. During today's cabinet meeting, the President sat with a "Game of Thrones" styled poster in front of him, trumpeting, "Sanctions Are Coming -- November 5," for no apparent reason.