A Tale of Two Candidates
One candidate spends a lot of time talking about self reliance, independence, and liberty. He says that Americans can do the most when they have the most freedom, when government gets out of the way. On the other hand, when an employee's child disappeared, the candidate used the full resources of his company to assist police in locating the child and reuniting them with their family. According to the press, this candidate is a mean-spirited, disconnected, remote, greedy man who cares more for corporate profits than his fellow man.
The other candidate spends a lot of time talking about our mutual dependence, how success is earned not through individual efforts, but by the combined efforts of us all. He says that Americans can do the most when they look after each other, as if we were all brothers. On the other hand, when his brother's child fell ill, the candidate sat idly by and did nothing, while a stranger made sure that the child got the medical treatment he needed. According to the press, this candidate is a warm, compassionate, and caring man who is deeply concerned about the welfare of American citizens.
In case you are slow on the uptake, this post is not about the candidates themselves, but about the power of the media to create and sell an image that may have absolutely nothing to do with reality.
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