Category: College of Communication

Grieving families shape ’16 debate

The Hill Tobe Berkovitz, College of Communication Grieving families are playing a significant role in this year’s general election campaign… Expert quote: “Families that have been bereaved have “both moral authority but also massive public empathy. The public just feels the loss — takes on the loss — and that makes it very difficult for […]

Boston could survive a zombie attack, and other rankings

Boston Globe (subscription required) John Carroll, College of Communication Here in Boston, we’re generally miserable — and yet, surprisingly stress-free… Expert quote: “No. 1, people love lists. No. 2, people are incredibly competitive. And No. 3, people are incredibly jealous of other people. So these lists play into all of that, in terms of attracting […]

Trump, a fallen soldier, and the myth of game-changing moments

Christian Science Monitor Tobe Berkovitz, College of Communication Donald Trump’s criticism of a Muslim-American family that lost a son in Iraq has been called a potentially pivotal moment in the election… Expert quote: “I don’t think the cake is baked at this point. More important than the ‘undecideds’ are the ‘persuadables.’ They say they are […]

My three days with the Bernie Sanders rebellion

Christian Science Monitor Tammy Vigil, College of Communication A Monitor reporter spent three days amid the pro-Bernie Sanders protests outside the Democratic National Convention. It wasn’t very Democratic, but it was very democratic… Expert quote: “ ‘Together’ is a good word for making people move… that was the secret to success Bernie Sanders had in […]

Clinton convention speech may have aimed too far left to hit independents

Sinclair Broadcast Group John Carroll, College of Communication Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton faced extraordinarily high expectations in her acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention on Thursday night… Expert quote: “Hillary Clinton was looking to appeal to the crowd inside the convention center. Her first job was to unite the people who were there […]

Chelsea Clinton will be Hillary’s Ivanka Trump, luring Millennials to her parent’s campaign

Quartz Tammy Vigil, College of Communication A week ago, Ivanka Trump took the stage at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland to introduce her father as the party’s official presidential nominee… Expert quote: “Chelsea’s challenge is less so than Ivanka’s because so many other speakers have already started the process. The 9-11 speakers and the […]

Experts say DNC emails contribute to perception of dishonest media

Sinclair Broadcast Group Fred Bayles, College of Communication Internal Democratic National Committee (DNC) emails released by Wikileaks last week sent shockwaves through the Democratic Party on the eve of its convention, but they have also raised questions about the journalists covering the party’s nomination process… Expert quote: “To send a whole piece is just a […]

Convention to test whether Bill Clinton still has magic touch

McClatchy Newspapers John Carroll, College of Communication Selling Barack Obama was easy. Tuesday, Bill Clinton faces a more difficult challenge: selling Hillary Clinton as a future president… Expert quote:“There is something strange that happens when Bill Clinton campaigns for his wife. For some reason, he loses some of his political equilibrium and political sure-footedness when […]

Seafood restaurant accused of serving a side of sexism with ads poking fun at presidential candidates

Metro Tobe Berkovitz, College of Communication Legal Sea Foods found itself in hot water Monday after some readers said they were offended by a full-page Boston Globe ad that called Hillary Clinton a “cold fish,” all in the service of a sushi pun… Expert quote: “Roger Berkowitz and Legal Sea Foods have pretty consistently run […]