Hecate talks about this issue all the time, both here and on Twitter, and she’s right. Framing matters. How we choose to talk about things is important. Words have power. They create impressions in our minds that can be nearly impossible to change or erase.
Never use the other side’s framing.
It is NEVER, EVER “fake news.” Not even to be cute, or funny, or ironic. Legitimate news outlets sometimes make errors, and when they do, that’s what is it – an error – and they issue corrections. Outlets like Fox News, Breitbart, and the Daily Caller are state propaganda.
Julian Assange is not a whistle-blower or a truth-teller, and he’s miles from being a journalist. He’s a rapist and a Russian operative.
As my spouse is fond of reminding me, they aren’t “pro-life” or even “anti-abortion” – they’re “pro-forced birth.”
Hecate talks about this one all the time – Democrats don’t want to “pack the court,” they want to “bring the Supreme Court into the 21st century.” There are not enough Justices. They have to turn down far too many cases. We need probably twice as many, with the particular Justices that are going to hear and rule on a given case chosen at random. We also need term limits that ensure that each President gets to appoint two Justices per her four-year term.
(See what I did there? If “he” is a generic pronoun, so is “she.” Do what you will with that little piece of truth.)
There are positive examples as well.
It isn’t “gun control” – it’s “sensible gun safety protections that are supported by the vast majority of Americans, even those who are members of the NRA.”
It’ s not “environmental regulations” – it’s “air your kids can safely breathe, water that’s safe to drink, and food that’s safe to eat.” For everyone. In every community. Even poor urban communities (like Flint, MI). Even poor rural communities (like West Virginia coal country).
Two I learned this week that I think are outstanding that I’ll be adding to my lexicon ASAP:
Kids experience an opportunity gap (cause), not an achievement gap (that’s the result, and you can’t have an impact on the end without addressing the beginning).
Don’t apologize that someone was offended (that passive construction removes you as the actor and places the blame on them), “Own It” – own your own actions, and vow to do better (and mean it, and commit to doing to the work that requires).
What other issues do we need to reframe to create the world we want?
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