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Kate LaCorte COM 403 Orr Term Paper

Kate LaCorte COM 403 Orr Term Paper

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Kate LaCorteCOM 403Orr Term Paper December 13
,
2009
John McCain… he
s a maverick 
Throughout the 2008 presidential campaign there were many public speaking momentsthat will go down in history
.
Obama
s Yes We Can speech may have been one of the mostmoving and memorable speeches in the 21
st
century
.
Yet on the other side of the same campaigntrail was a new recruit
,
who also made more than one memorable public appearance
.
This newrecruit would be the one and only
,
Sarah Palin
.
One of the most memorable and possible stillmost talked about would be her sit down interview with journalist
,
Katie Couric
.
 This paper will discuss that interview and cover how Ms
.
Palin reacts and uses theories of  persuasion to help field the questions that Ms
.
Couric gives her 
.
This paper will cover suchtheories as information power 
,
imagery words
,
absent party questions
,
bridging
,
chunking upand finally God words
.
 The best way to show the level of power in this particular interview would be when Palinis asked b Couric about how Sen
.
McCain is being paid more attention about the Freddie andFrannie Mac issue than Sen
.
Obama because he has been in the Senate longer 
.
After Palin uses
 
2
vague examples and somewhat walks around the question
,
Couric use information power toshow who is in charge of the interview
.
 Couric uses information power by countering Palin
s answer by stating that
But pollshave shown that Sen
.
Obama has actually gotten a boost as a result of this latest crisis
,
with more people feeling that he can handle the situation better than John McCain
.”
This shows that she hasinformation about what Palin claimed to be an expert on and therefore just changed the power level of the interview
.
Since she used polls that have been creditability assessed as her information source
,
and clearly stated that what Palin said was wrong
,
Couric now has more power in the interview than Palin does
.
 Sarah Palin draws on Ronald Reagan
s vision to help convey how she also feels
.
Usingimagery words as
America being the beacon of light and hope for those who are seekingdemocratic values…
she is helping to draw a picture of the America she would like to see
,
and believe many also would like to see
.
A beacon of light could render up images of a lighthousethat obliviously represents not only a guiding light to sailors but also can stand for a sign of relief that many may feel when on the seas for a long time
.
The advantage of this is many people mayfeel as this warm and welcoming imagery
.
However 
,
if the audience member did not hold Ronald Reagan in high regard
,
beforePalin even gets to the imagery aspect of the statement
,
the audience may have already stoppedlistening or counted out what she was saying as out of date and irrelevant in today
s world
.
In
 
3
addition to this
,
Palin
s use of name dropping Ronald Reagan may also cause the audience toreflect on the idea that this would be who she would like model her service in office after 
.
Thisagain can be a good or bad thing depending on what opinion the audience has of Mr 
.
Reagan
.
 As far as the top six journalist questions
,
Couric asked one of the most basic interviewquestions
,
and Ms
.
Palin fell into the trap of it
.
This of course being
,
the Absent Party Question
.
Couric asks
,”
In preparing for this conversation
,
a lot of our viewers … and Internet users wantedto know why you did not get a passport until last year 
.
And they wondered if that indicated alack of interest and curiosity in the world
.”
And in response
,
not only does Palin answer thequestion
,
but she may have actually insulted some of those who asked it saying
,
 
I
m not one of those who maybe came from a background of 
,
you know
,
kids who perhaps graduate college andtheir parents give them a passport and give them a backpack and say go off and travel theworld
.”
Granted
,
she tries to dig herself out of the hole that she has created by trying to explainthat she has always worked two jobs and saying that she has experienced the world through books
,
but not first hand
.
Answering the question in this way not only insulted those who mayvote for her but also state that she has had no will to try to step out of her comfort zone other than to pick up a book and keep the culture in that book at arms lengths
.
Perhaps if she hasanswered the absent party questions more along the lines of 
,
 
Due to my working class family background
,
I was not given the chance to travel around the world like many other people
.
However 
,
my curiosity of the world was not limited by this
,
for I read every book I could get my

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