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Election 2012: Image World (10)

the dominant visual image generated by the debaters was unquestionably Romney’s unexpected “binders full of women,” which instantly went viral as an internet meme. Turns out the whole story was a bald-faced fabrication from start to finish. More evidence that outright lying is not a sin, according to Mormon theology. [...]

Election 2012: Image World (1)

Eastwood’s star turn at the RNC conjured up the image of an “imaginary Massa,” an arrogant patrician Southern plantation owner, doddering yet white and gun-wielding, thus empowered to humiliate a grown black man who can’t talk back, in front of a laughing, jeering, cheering crowd of white people who roared with approval when Eastwood announced “We own this country” and “Politicians are employees of ours” before closing with an ominous “Make my day” chanted by the assembly. [...]