2016 Election

 

The Dr. DigiPol Show has been digging into how Breitbart and Steve Bannon have been deeply involved in shaping politics in Britain, the US and now across Europe. First, Alan and Suzanne explored how Breitbart.com provides a good signal to see where the Trump Administration is going: Then Alan interviews Criminal Justice Professor Paul Leighton about the rise of hate crimes and the Director of HOPE not hate, Nick Lowles, on Breibart’s plans to shape Europe’s future. To watch more episodes of The Dr. DigiPol show and to get notifications of upcoming shows, visit and like DrDigiPolisIN on Facebook.

“It could have been us.” I kept hearing that today from friends at the Capital Pride Festival and on Facebook. “It could have been us.” We know that when we identify as LGBT, we become targets. Whether it’s bullies in schools, politicians who use us to score political points, or those who will go to violent extremes, we know that there are those out there who hate us and are willing to make their hate known. And we deal with that. We keep in in the backs of our minds at all times. We all know people who have been harassed or the victims of violence – or we’ve experienced it directly ourselves. We surround ourselves with friends and then we watch out for each other. We live in neighborhoods and cities where we feel safe. And we gather at places with other LGBT people to feel that sense of community and safety. That’s why this event has shaken my community to its core today. It struck at a place that had become a place where they felt secure and safe and could be themselves. It sets off all of our fears of what could happen to us just because…

The 2016 General Election is closing in and people are wondering what will happen. High on the list of questions circulating in the news this past week are 1) who will the VP nominees be? and 2) what role will Big Data play in the campaign? Our SVP of Digital Strategy Alan Rosenblatt weighed on both of these questions. Regarding the VP nominees, USA Today‘s Paul Singer added a new installment to his GOP Power Rankings series with a special report on who his expert panel predicted for VP nominees. Among the 30 experts queried, our own Alan Rosenblatt suggested that Minnesota Sen. Al Franken would make an interesting choice for Hilary Clinton, because “he balances the ticket by adding an unforced sense of humor.” Senator Tim Kaine topped the list for Clinton and Senator Bob Corker was the top pick for Donald Trump. Across the globe, the international edition of the China Post quotes Dr. Rosenblatt with respect to Trump’s need to embrace big data in the general election, “In the primaries, he (Trump) was only looking for Republican voters, and in the general he needs all voters. Unless he starts to be more sophisticated in how he targets his message, he’s not going to…