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April 26, 2013

Luntz and Penn student spar over secretly recorded footage

  • action Yesterday, Mother Jones released secretly-recorded audio of GOP strategist Frank Luntz criticizing right-wing talk show hosts during a talk with College Republicans at the University of Pennsylvania. “They get great ratings, and they drive the message, and it’s really problematic. And this is not on the Democratic side. It’s only on the Republican side,” Luntz said.
  • reaction "I’m very disappointed that at Penn, [the] trust between students and speaker is gone," said Luntz, an former student and professor at the school, after the release of the audio. ”Call me naive, but I thought it was possible to have an open, honest conversation about American politics and not make it a national conversation.”
  • rebuttal "The Penn environment should be one in which people are encouraged and expected to speak unencumbered by self-interest," wrote Aakash Abbi, the student who recorded the speech. ”If influential GOP figures like Frank Luntz truly believe that the party’s media kingmakers harm the national interest but refuse to say so for fear of backlash, they knowingly work against the spirit of open and honest debate.”

There’s also a question of journalistic ethics. Luntz requested that the remarks remain off the record; while a journalist who was in the room verbally agreed to this request, Abbi (who isn’t a journalist) and Mother Jones (who wasn’t present) did not. So are they still bound by it? Does a request to remain off the record amount to a decree, or must it be agreed to? Regardless of where you stand, it’s a fuzzy area. Meanwhile, Luntz has withdrawn a scholarship in his father’s name since the remarks leaked.

18:33 // 12 months ago
May 14, 2012

Republican Super PAC angles for votes the GOP usually doesn’t get

  • what New Republican Super PAC Crossroads Generation, which has raised $750,000 from a number of Republican seed groups, plans to launch a $50,000 social media campaign in a number of swing states, including Ohio and Virginia.
  • why They want to pull some of the the youth vote away from Obama; Young Republicans will help the Super PAC on college campuses. Key selling points? The very high youth unemployment rate, along with student loan debt. source
10:08 // 1 year ago
September 24, 2011
0:52 // 2 years ago
September 23, 2011
The pricing structure is there to bring attention, to cause people to get a little upset. But it’s really there to cause people to think more critically about what this kind of policy would do in university admissions.
UC Berkeley College Republicans president Shawn Lewis • Discussing his group’s reasoning for having a bake sale where people paid different prices based on their race and gender. The pricing scale’s kinda like this: $2 for whites, $1.50 for Asians, $1 for Latinos, $0.75 for Blacks and $0.25 for Native Americans — with a discount of 25 cents for women of all races. As you might guess, this bake sale, scheduled for Tuesday, is flaring up emotions quicker than a character in the movie “PCU.” It’s not the first time it’s been tried — a couple of other schools have tried the idea, and it’s been shut down at least once. What do you think? Does this seem disrespectful and worth getting angry over, or is there a valid point here? (h/t ProducerMatthew) source (viafollow)
21:43 // 2 years ago