The Whole Truthiness and Nothing But

Representative John Conyers, a Michigan Democrat, seemingly miffed, suggested that Mr. Colbert “excuse yourself” from speaking. Looking baffled, Mr. Colbert said he did not understand the question, and threw himself on the mercy of the chairwoman, who allowed that he should stay. Full Story »

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Bradley Hill
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by Bradley Hill - Oct. 12, 2010

This article overall is a very well written opinion piece. This piece talks about Stephen Colbert's appearance in Congress to testify on an immigration bill. Wether good or bad this piece is framed in a way meant to put all the focus on Colbert. This is apparent because not once is the immigration bill explained. The first paragraph even says that Colbert "testified in Congress on Friday about an immigration bill that he said - in all truthiness - he had not read, 'like most members of congress.'" This just shows how important it was that the immigration bill not be talked about. If this were stated at the very bottom of the article the whole frame of the story would be backwards, but since its at the beginning it shows that it has a lot of importance. Furthermore this piece is framed as a personal responsibility. This is obvious because it is an opinion piece so it is up to the reader to determine wether they felt the same way as the author or not. For this reason it can be said that this is an appropriate use of framing. The author isn't trying to say that everything in this piece is true it is just her opinion. So its the responsibility of the reader to determine whats true and whats false.

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