Why every election gets its own crisis

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  • Published on:  Monday, November 5, 2018
  • Trump’s fear mongering about a migrant caravan is a perfect example of how politicians’ exploit last-minute news stories to try to distract voters before a big election.

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    October is a tense month in American in politics. The closer a political campaign gets to election day, the more vulnerable it is to an “October Surprise” -- a late-breaking scandal or controversy that influences voters in the final days of an election.

    “October Surprises” are typically thought of as unexpected events that surprise both sides of an election -- natural disasters, terrorist attacks, etc.. But more recently, it's come to describe an intentional campaign strategy, wherein political operatives exploit late-breaking news stories to try to damage their opponents at the last-minute.

    Trump’s fixation on the migrant caravan traveling to the United States is a clear example of that strategy -- an attempt to shift the media’s attention away from issues like health care by fear mongering about immigrants.

    It’s a cheap political ploy, and many news networks have recognized it as such. The problem is: there’s no great way to fight it.

    On Strikethrough, Vox producer Carlos Maza explores the challenges facing the news media in the age of Trump. Follow Carlos on Facebook for more: /CarlosMazaVox

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  • Vox


     10 months ago +255

    For more Vox's Dara Lind explains how a group of Central American migrants still hundreds of miles from the US border became Trump’s closing election argument: http://bit.ly/2F49Kaa

  • Isaiah Schmitt

    Isaiah Schmitt

     14 days ago +3

    I find it very odd that the Republican party's hatred of America and attempts to murder Americans is not considered interesting.

  • Hassuhn Perth

    Hassuhn Perth

     14 days ago

    The Unhhh references in this series is phenomenal. IM A MOUNTAIN BIKING VAMPIRE WITCH FROM THE FUTURE!!!!!!

  • Dinah Nicest

    Dinah Nicest

     14 days ago +1

    The e-mails made the least surprising surprise in my 46 years of voting. Anyone could have predicted that stunt. Sad to say, the Dems are exceptionally skilled in snatching defeat from the jaws of victory. Hilary might have made a good president, but 24 years mud slinging has left her covered with exaggerated and imaginary stains. They couldn't have chosen a more vulnerable candidate.

  • david hill

    david hill

     14 days ago

    This...was actually a good video.

  • FireCatMoBA


     21 days ago +1

    Honestly I can’t believe people still watch tv

  • Zeriix


     21 days ago +1


  • Artificial Avocado

    Artificial Avocado

     1 months ago

    Remember the Alamo!
    Remember the Maine!
    Remember Pearl Harbor!
    Remember the caravan and Ebola! sigh

  • Donnie Orangutan

    Donnie Orangutan

     1 months ago

    October 2020 Trump launches nukes whole world implodes

  • William Njoroge

    William Njoroge

     1 months ago


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    William Njoroge

     1 months ago


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     3 months ago


  • srejon nath

    srejon nath

     3 months ago

    iphone x in 2014 lmao

  • Leezure Lee

    Leezure Lee

     3 months ago

    See the video length

  • Sarah Jackson

    Sarah Jackson

     3 months ago

    So Donald trump can use a private call line but an old lady can’t send private emails?? That’s not fair and purely political

  • APY •

    APY •

     3 months ago +1

    Love it

  • Martian Mapper

    Martian Mapper

     3 months ago

    I swear this guy only talks about how bad republicans are without freaking talking about the democrats,
    I smell a bit of bias

  • Remington Bradley

    Remington Bradley

     4 months ago +1

    Soy is a hell of a drug

  • FightingFights


     4 months ago

    Ebola is a PR stunt?

  • vdoo84


     4 months ago

    "Sounds like it's working, Brenda!" LMAO