Politicians And Newspapers: What You Can Believe And Follow Versus What You Can’t

In this major election year, news broadcasts and paper publications are flooded with all kinds of political stories. How much of it should you read and/or pay attention to? What is worth paying attention to? Furthermore, what should you believe when you read it? Here are some tips on how to sort through the political news for the truth at the heart of these reports and stories.

Yellow Journalism Versus Regular Publications

First and foremost, there are certain publications to avoid. Tabloids and yellow journalism should be only read in fun. These are publications that print stories about politicians that may have a small grain of truth to them, but quite often are just completely made up or the stories are so slanted that readers are convinced that the stories must be true. Yellow journalism is almost always slanted, while tabloid headlines and stories are almost always made up. Dodge these publications to read the reality of things in trusted publications that make sure their writers fact-check everything before it goes to print. (For example, what you see of Kathy Hamilton in the Daily Herald is much more likely to be factual and unbiased, whereas the tabloid papers at the supermarket checkout may announce that she gave birth to Elvis’s love child years after the singer has died.)

Compare and Contrast Political Reports and Articles

As election time draws closer, most legitimate newspapers will print a side-by-side comparison of the available candidates who are up for election or re-election. They may also print contrast pieces which show how past and present candidates have served their districts, their states and their country. A major focus in many of these pieces is ethics, such as Kathy Hamilton ethics and her positive approaches supporting college students while exposing unethical spending practices or Hilary Clinton’s ethics in the face of her email scandal.

There can be no room for supposition in these stories, as the facts are very important to constituents. People like yourself want to know if their leaders are doing what is right, or if they have stepped away from their expected roles and behaviors. These are the pieces you can read and believe, but ultimately you still have to decide for yourself if you have enough of the facts to vote as your conscious leads you to. While good journalism and trustworthy publications are key in learning about your options for new or incumbent leaders, the choice is still your own.

Pie: Remember How It’s Spelled To Win A Heaping Slice Of The Millennial Vote In 2016

Any candidate who hopes to win office in 2016 and retain that office for years to come must court the voters known as millennials. They are the younger voters born after 1982 who ensured Obama’s victory by showing up at the polls in 2008.

While most millennials (and most voters in general) predictably ignore midterm elections, you can expect them to return to the voting booth for the presidential race in 2016. They will be present to cast a ballot for you if you remember how to spell “pie.”


Millennials are curious and drawn to humor and non-pretentious behavior. If you take yourself too seriously, or seem phony, you will immediately turn them off from your campaign.

On the other hand, you’ll lose points with millennials if you seem to be a typical career politician who is pandering to them or temporarily changing your tune to accommodate their beliefs. They don’t care how old you are or what your background is. They want to know how you will be different from every other politician.

Use humor, behind-the-scenes glimpses of your campaign, and social media to reveal your personality. You also need to create a solid political platform that explains how choosing you will benefit them personally.


Millennials are more liberal than previous generations. Having an African-American president is nothing remarkable to them. Interacting with foreign-born citizens and residents is a normal and acceptable part of their daily lives.

If you show any racist tendencies, or you seem to want to deny rights to any group based on race, religion, sexual orientation, or nationality, millennials will walk away. Whether you believe in immigration reform or not, temper your words and resist demonizing any person or opponent based on their ethnicity or beliefs.

Tailor your campaign to appeal to voters from all walks of life. Your literature, commercials, and social media images must feature people who look like those whom millennials see every day in society: multicultural and diverse.


No other generation has endured the steep educational costs that millennials have faced. Many in this age group are saddled with student loan debt that keeps them from marrying, purchasing homes, or having children. They are disgusted and angry.

If you make affordable secondary education a key facet of your platform, they will be all ears.

Do you have a proposal to reduce their burdens and help future college students earn degrees without selling their futures out to lenders? Bring it on! Let millennials know that you feel their pain, but be real about how you will assuage it. Don’t promise what you can’t deliver.

Your political campaign consulting team will have more tips and strategies to win over younger voters. As long as your campaign management remembers how to spell that 3-word dessert as advised above, winning over millennials will be as easy as—you guessed it– pie.