🖼 framing a president
|Mike Dariano||Oct 3, 2019|
On August 8, 1974, President Nixon addressed the nation and announced he was resigning as president of the United States. Tom Brokaw was there and recalled:
“There was this surreal atmosphere in the White House…at the back of the room, there was a lot of staffers (one was teasing another about his haircut) and people were kind of hanging around. It was as if this was an enormous relief. Nixon comes out and makes his speech, goes out to the helicopter and raises his hands in defiance with the victory sign and lifts off. One of his counselors turned to me and said, 'I’m going fishing.' I go back to the office and David Brinkley says to me, ‘Did you think he was going to pull out a Derringer and shoot himself when he was up there?’ I said, ‘What are you talking about?’ I was in the room seeing everything. He said to come down to the control room and take a look at the television picture. On television isolation you penetrated Nixon’s psyche at that point. You didn’t see the staff wandering around, talking about what they were going to do. It always was for me an instructive lesson about the difference between television reality and real reality.”
Media frames stories not out of manipulation - okay, sometimes for manipulation - but also out of necessity. There's too much information to share everything.
You see this in your podcast queue. There's probably a series or episode that 'dives deep' or has 'behind the scenes' or 'explains'. That's all framing.