Dispatches from Florida: Students share insight from Republican National Convention

Twenty-six Quinnipiac University students are taking part in Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars programs that culminates in their attending their political party’s national convention. Read more here.

Aug. 29

America Loves Ann; Ann Loves Mitt

By Morgan Farra ’13

Twenty-six Quinnipiac University students are taking part in Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars programs that will culminate in their attending their political party’s national convention. Here, Michelle Gearrity ’13 smiles with Herman Cain at the convention.

Happy Wednesday from Tampa, Florida!

In the week leading up to the convention, I attended classes and seminars devoted to analyzing the campaign process and discussing tactics and strategies used in a presidential bid.

Much of what we discussed involved the importance of “likability” in a national race and the struggles that Mitt Romney is facing in developing a personal image that exudes warmth.

The argument is not that Romney should be someone he isn’t, but rather, that it is vital to his success that he capitalizes on his family-man persona and the support his wife continues to receive from the Republican party — especially if he plans to contest President Barack Obama who, although his economic platform is questioned, his loving and warm charismatic persona is adored.

With that, it was no surprise to learn that on the schedule for the convention would be a speech from Ann Romney, Mitt’s adoring wife.

Our small class discussions as well as large seminars continued to examine the importance of her address in presenting her husband in a warmer light. The expectation was that Mrs. Romney would speak of the days they fell in love, the honeymoon phase of their marriage, the blossoming of their family and the partnership they have sustained.

Last night, Ann graced the crowd with her presence and everything from her authentic laughter to her bright red dress exuded warmth; however, the address failed to make me feel any sort of meaningful connection with Romney as a person.

The focus was on the Romney family’s value of success, but that wasn’t what the crowd needed.

The American public needs to know that Romney is a man of compassion, capable of warmth. Instead, Ann constantly referred to her husband as “Mitt Romney.”

In my opinion, that is not the image of love – I don’t know about anyone else, but my parents don’t call one another by their full name. I understand that she was addressing a national audience but her husband is a national celebrity. She could have afforded to call him “Mitt,” and avoided critics like myself from questioning how heartfelt her remarks were.

To be clear, I am not arguing that the Romneys don’t feel the deepest of love for one another, I am simply suggesting that it would have come across as more natural if Ann referred to her husband as “Mitt.”

Ann spoke of the economic struggles facing women, the hardships of parenthood and the need for economic growth and won the hearts of the crowd, but didn’t necessarily sell the crowd on the family-man version of Romney.

After Romney greeted Ann on stage, they walked hand-in-hand back to their seats to watch New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and hope he didn’t set off any fireworks that could prove deadly to the Romney ticket. Fortunately for Romney, Christie kept his Jersey attitude in check and delivered a powerful speech to close out the evening.

Aug. 28

Getting an inside look at the media covering the convention

By Jordan Siegler ’15

Today was supposed to be the second day of the Republican National Convention, but because of Hurricane Isaac, today is the first of the Republican National Convention.

Today was also my second day working for Fox News as a runner for their morning show, “Fox & Friends.”

As a runner, my job is to greet people who are going to be appearing on the show and escort them to the studio and into makeup and then to the set.

In this job, I have been able to meet some interesting people.

I have met Fox News anchor Bret Baier, Karl Rove, and former presidential candidate Congresswomen Michelle Bachman.

While my job keeps me on the move, I have tried to listen to as much of the show as possible.

One topic that I caught a small portion of was Fox News alleging that other networks were ignoring certain stories in order to protect President Obama. I thought that this was a very serious accusation that Fox News was making.

News organizations are meant to be unbiased when delivering the news, but Fox News is alleging that the other networks are showing a clear bias by trying to help President Obama.

As a journalism student, this brings many ethical issues to mind. First of all, Fox News making that allegation is serious if it turns out that they are wrong and could be seen as slander toward the other networks.

However, if Fox News is correct, than it shows that many journalists today have had a serious loss of ethics. Journalists are meant to gather all the facts and provide them to the people and allow them to interpret them as they feel.

It is not a journalist’s job to provide people with only the facts they want the public to know.

Categories: College of Arts and Sciences, News, School of Communications

1 reply »

  1. Jordan, what do you think about the fact that MSNBC chose not to broadcast any of the numerous speeches by Black, Hispanic, or women (or Black women or Hispanic women) speakers Tuesday night? How badly did they violate journalistic ethics by cheating their viewers out of the brilliant, exciting speeches by Mia Love and Artur Davis (to name just a few)?

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