Posted: June 23, 2011 Filed under: Uncategorized
Attention: Politico Watch has new home on JoshMellits.com.
My sincere apologies for the extended Politico Watch hiatus. The past month has been particularly busy, between graduating from Boston University and revamping the site. The political world has been buzzing during that time, from the shaping of the 2012 Republican presidential candidate field to the Anthony Weiner scandal. Now, Politico Watch is integrated into my online portfolio, so please visit joshmellits.com/politico-watch for continuing coverage of Politico and the world of domestic and foreign politics.
Thank you for reading!
Posted: May 3, 2011 Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: graphic, Obama, Osama bin Laden, terrorism
Another interesting take on President Obama’s announcement late Sunday night is highlighting key words used during his carefully crafted remarks. Wordle is a free website that creates “beautiful word clouds” out of any body of text, with words appearing larger if used more frequently. Below is the entire transcript of Obama’s momentous speech. Click the graphic itself for a larger size.
A few observations:
- Obviously, the main words that stick out are “bin Laden” and “al Qaeda.” The Commander-in-Chief took a militaristic tone, using “war,” “operation” and “attacks.”
- Yet Obama also brings the message home – literally. “United States,” “people,” “American,” “country,” and “citizens” appear prominently.
- Unity is also trumpeted – “allies,” “friends” “world” and “God”
- It’s also noteworthy what isn’t emphasized. The religion of “Muslims” and “Islam” are downplayed, as are the finality of “death” and “defeat.” Even the buzz word “justice” doesn’t figure that largely.
Just another way to look past the headlines and dig down behind the text – thanks to multimedia.
Posted: April 10, 2011 Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: 2012, article, budget, Democrats, GOP, links, Obama, slideshow, video
A screenshot of one of Politico's many pages dedicated to the 11th-hour budget deal.
As the dust settles from the budget deal that averted a government shutdown, it is worth examining Politico’s multimedia coverage of the shutdown showdown that nearly brought the first stoppage in over a decade.
- In a remarkably wide scope, there were no less than 20 articles covering many different angles of the unfolding drama and the agreement, from the winners and losers to how the 2012 candidates reacted.
- One interesting story in particular from Click (a subpage that PW will cover next) included a moment in the proceedings where Congresswoman Donna Edwards quoted a song by The Whites Stripes, “Effect and Cause,” in describing the conditions leading to a shutdown. The piece includes a video of the testimony as well as a link to the song itself.
- Several other videos in the aftermath of the deal are posted on the site, including the responses of Speaker of the House John Boehner, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, and, of course, President Obama. The list was updated Sunday following appearances on talk shows by Sen. Chuck Schumer, Rep. Mike Pence and others.
- A slideshow of photos leading up to the deal showed the tension rising between the parties and more images from the deal should be added as well.
In one of the biggest political stories of the year, Politico delivered clear and cohesive coverage. Stay tuned to see how the aftermath of the deal unfolds.
Posted: March 17, 2011 Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: article, GOP, links, Obama, video
March Madness has infected Washington. | Courtesy Flickr user mvongrue
It’s NCAA tournament time and even Washington is getting in on the action. Politico has published a couple of articles covering politicians’ participation in March Madness.
First, President Barack Obama has been questioned by members of the media for filling out a bracket with his picks and taking time on ESPN’s Sportscenter to do so, rather than focus on the multitude of issues at home and abroad. Politico covered the story, called “W.H. responds to bracket gripes.” White House Press Secretary Jay Carney answered NBC News’ Mike Viqueria, “There are crises all the time, for every president.”
And Obama was not alone in getting caught up in the basketball action. Politico’s Amie Parnes writes, “As happens every year when March rolls around, Washington has become a mini-Vegas,” and compiles a nice round-up of various political figures and their Final Four choices in the tournament. These include Carney himself and Democratic National Committee Press Secretary Hari Sevugan. The GOP is in on the fun as well, with Tony Fratto, former deputy White House press secretary under George W. Bush and and Republican strategist and former RNC spokesman Doug Heye. Senator Kay Hagan (D-SC) even has a video on YouTube challenging players to beat her picks.
It’s good to see that even our leaders can be a little like us, and Politico does a good job in presenting it. Happy March Madness, one and all.