Friday, October 5, 2012

it's Debatable


I was very impressed with Romney's performance in the debate this week, and I thought about talking about the presidential debate in my post yesterday, but I refrained...Little did I know that what I had to say would be appear on the front page of our local newspaper this morning.

My husband, kids, and I were just minding our own business last night having dinner together at the park when a reporter for the local paper came over and asked us for our reactions to Wednesday night's debate.  

(Note to self:  Don't be so anxious to speak on record to a reporter when a) you are 8 months pregnant, b) you have no make-up on, and c) you haven't washed your hair in about two days.  And second note to self:  expect to be slightly misquoted.)

The part that stuck out to me as a "misquote" was when the reporter wrote that "I hadn't been watching Romney a lot."  What I said was that I hadn't yet gotten a feel for who he was personally...but in the debate, he came across as relaxed and approachable, and therefore I felt I knew him much better.  Also the "not as politically-minded" point is a little misleading.  (I didn't say that either.)  What is more accurate is that I watch debates and campaigns from the perspective of a journalist who once covered these events, so I'm looking at how it's covered by the press, how the candidates present themselves, how directly/knowledgeably they answer the questions, their body language, their strategies, etc.  That's what I did on Wednesday night, and that is why I was so impressed by Romney's performance as a candidate/debater...and why I was not impressed by Obama.

Anyway, it was fun to appear in an article with my hubby, and Guy thought it was so exciting!  It seems like we get in the paper about every six months or so around here...so I guess it was time!  Here is most of the article...I think you can click on the pictures to read it if the text is too small to read.




8 comments:

  1. YOU ARE FAMOUS! I too was impressed with Romney's debate and pleased that he come over so positively in prime time!

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  2. Yea you were very misquoted! Romney did an awesome job in the debate! Even Bill Mahr said he won, that's the first time I have every agree with anything that man has said. Fun to be in the paper and you look cute!

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    1. Hands-down it was a win...Now let's just see what happens these next two rounds. I think it's going to get heated!

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    2. PS - he also identified me as a Republican, but I told him I was Independent! Oh well!

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  3. It is so amazing how they can miss quote you on an interview. Media and politics aren't my favorite thing. I do wish that you could believe in what is printed.
    I did think Romney was awesome and pray he will win. It's a really big sign of the time.
    Blessings to you! Loved that your family got the interview.

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    1. I think some reporters take "poetic license!" :)

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  4. This is great. I love your note to self. Isn't that what happens! You are in the paper every six months? Wow! That is exciting.

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    1. We live in an extremely small town and rural area...and I'm one to take pity on journalists looking for soundbites, since I've been there. I might revise that policy in the future though! ha!

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