Communication Ethics in Politics

With all the fuss about the election this year, you may find yourself in a pickle because you really do not want either of the candidates to become president. The presidential candidates are trying to win over the votes of the people with strategies that are out of the ordinary for this sort of election. Donald Trump is using fear to get voters to side with him in the hopes that he is the only one who can get us out of this “mess”. Hillary Clinton is doing her best to make you forget everything that she has done in the past that make not look good for her (the emails). Their big plans do have something in common though, they want to make the opposing candidate look as bad as they possibly can. They are using narrative communication ethics in their attack ads and in their debates. The media also plays a part in this because they can portray the candidate however they want whether in a good way or a bad way. Some news channels will take clips of the candidate speaking out of context and spin it to make them look bad. Others will stick by literally anything that their candidate says no matter how outrageous the comment could have been.

Since the candidates try to bring out the worst in their counterpart, they try to justify what has been said about them to make it seem like an overreaction and there is nothing to worry about. You can notice this happening in the presidential debates when Trump just shouts “wrong” or when Hillary dodges the question and ends up saying something about Trump’s Hollywood Insider incident. There is no way to truly know the intentions of either of the candidates because of how vague they always are. They want you to think that they are the best choice for the country and that their opponent is not fit for the job.


2 thoughts on “Communication Ethics in Politics

  1. Thank you for this post Bryan !
    I totally agree with your description. Two specific strategies were used during this election, one of the fear and the other of the oblivion.
    None of the candidates were truly explaining their intentions as president, they had only disclaiming their past actions by criticizing the other candidate. Donald Trump has won the United States elections but as you’ve said there is no way to truly know the intentions of this new president because of how vague he was during its electoral campaign.

  2. I woke up to the results of the election this morning. I honestly didn’t know what to think about the results regardless of who won. Both candidates were portrayed in the media as bashing one another instead of emphasizing on their policies. This blog did a good job of pointing out that this election was different than any other, that they focused more on justifying their past or being at each other throat. All of this made for a nerve-wracking election but I personally am glad that its over.

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