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Bushra Hasan Mingrone, pd3 A Messenger to the People: how propaganda can mar an official’s reputation Often, the media coverage of high-ranking officials or politicians obfuscates the reality of an issue and instead polarizes the public into believing one side or the other. Different organizations, for reasons personal or otherwise, use propaganda to attract attention to supposed “facts” about different figures—this stirs up controversy and often leaves the subject with his or her reputation ruined or in serious jeopardy. This type of false information, or at least the intentional disregard of certain facts in the media, is seen more frequently around election season, especially with the presidential candidates for 2016. Possible candidates such as Chris Christie, current governor of New Jersey, and Hillary Clinton, the former U.S. Secretary of State, have faced this controversy unflinchingly, and can be likened to Henrik Ibsen’s Dr. Stockmann from “An Enemy of the People,” who is slandered by the town even though he has been a helpful doctor for all the townspeople. In most cases, the public is easily swayed by propaganda despite the previous merits of an individual and this jeopardizes the individual’s reputation. Chris Christie’s reputation as a straight-talking politician who could reach over party lines was seriously placed into question when the media discovered what appeared to be a “scandal” regarding the traffic problems at the George Washington Bridge (GWB). Many different organizations were involved with this problem, but essentially, several roads leading to the GWB were shut down, causing a congestion problem in Fort Lee, New Jersey. The Democrats claimed that Christie pulled a few strings to seek revenge on Fort Lee’s mayor, Mark Sokolich, because Sokolich did not endorse Christie for governor before the elections. Before
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