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November 18, 2011

Pick one article covering Herman Cain’s “brain freeze” on Libya.  Then google the video of his comment in Miami asking, “How do you say delicious in Cuban?”

Review the coverage in each of the two articles.  Based on what you’ve come to understand this semester, was the coverage fair?  How much should the media hold a presidential candidate accountable for everything he says?

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  1. Laureen Esposito permalink
    November 19, 2011 11:30 am

    Honestly, I have no personal care for him. He does not no things about foriegn affairs and he has shown that in several ways now. His Libya freeze was probably the worst. How can you expect people to want you to be their president if you aren’t knowledgeable about everything that a good candidate should be. I think the media and the consumers of it need to hold him a 100% accountable. He is running for the president of the United States. That is a title to not take lightly. He needs to tighten up if he wants any chance in the running.

  2. Michael Bridges permalink
    November 19, 2011 8:55 pm

    Personally, I prefer my presidential candidates to know what they’re talking about, and to be aware of issues both inside and outside of the United States, but to answer your question, I found that the article I read concerning the “brain freeze” from the Daily Herald, was almost too harsh on Cain. Using phrases such as “the hierarchy of gaffes” and “excesses of self-promotion,” this article seemed to want to give it’s opinion on Cain’s situation along with delivering the story. I like my news to be more objective than opinionated, no matter what the subject, so I did not really enjoy the article very much.

    On the other hand, the article containing the “How do you say ‘delicious’ in Cuban?” video was much more matter-of-fact, telling me what happened, instead of giving me a recap of the journalist’s opinion on Cain’s campaign thus far.

    I believe that a person campaigning to be the president of the United States should be very accountable for the things that they say, since their presence represents our country as a whole.

  3. Karla permalink
    November 20, 2011 7:08 am

    I believe that if you are running for a position with such significance to our country then you should probably know what you’re talking about and know how you portray to the public. I understand no one is perfect and we make mistakes in front of the camera, but in this case Herman Cain’s “brain freeze” or lack of knowledge cannot be afforded as mistake. Stuff as serious as this needs to be treated as professional as possible and sadly Cain gave the public the wrong imagine. Also his comment “How do you say delicious in Cuban?” just lowers his chances to have a good imagine towards not just the American culture but to other ethnicity as well. I think the media should point out situations and information like this. I would like to be informed about my presidential candidates’ way of thinking. The public deserves to know who we are dealing with and who deserves what position. If America sees a person who makes unprofessional comments like this then chances are that he/she will not be elected.

  4. Adrienne David permalink
    November 20, 2011 2:10 pm

    I watched a video on him when he was discussing Libya and he was asked question about Obama and what he thought of the situation and how it was being handled. I think that in regards to the Libya situation, he should be held accountable of what he says and what he thinks about it. I think that in regards to the “How do you say “delicious” in Cuban” is a mild problem that does not really reflect how he/she would be seen as a presedential candiate. I think reporters and journalist need to weigh importance and pick their battles. Obviously the Libya situation should be taken more seriously considering his words lasted like five to ten minutes in his interviews whereas the Cuban remark was literally one minute. The fact that he said something like that was rather demeaning on his part shows that presidential candidates are held accountable for everything they say and I do not think that is going to change because in some people’s eyes, that makes a good story.

  5. Jasmine Lewis permalink
    November 20, 2011 5:48 pm

    I have no personal preference for Hermain Cain but the coverage on his “brain freeze” on Libya seems a bit unfair. Everyone has their spoof moments when nerves take its toll, its practically normal. In my article,the writer uses very bias language to express Cain’s uncertainty of the subject he was being asked about. He says Cain “hesitated” when asked whether he agreed with Obama’s decision to back Libyan rebels. Also, the writer illustrates Cain, as he “fidgeted in his chair and crossed his legs” while answering the question. The writers illustration of Cain’s body language gives the reader the idea that by fidgeting Cain was uncomfortable. Here’s my article,
    I found the video of Cain asking “how do you say delicious in Cuban?” from Fox News. I do not feel like the backlash from him making this statement is unfair. It was a very unintelligent question and at his age and with his professional backgound, he should know that the language is spanish (not cuban). Hopefully it was an innocent moment of lack of thought and not the fact that he really doesn’t know how to refer the spanish language.

  6. Taylor Dawson permalink
    November 20, 2011 6:46 pm

    While choosing such an important leadership position, such as the president of the United States, things should not be taken lightly. The audience and voters look upon these unintelligent comments and incoherent stumbles as a sign that a candidate is not prepared with all the knowledge necessary to hold such an important position. I chose to compare the video from Fox News “How do you say delicious in Cuban” and an article from ABC News titled “Herman Cain’s ‘Oops’ Moment On Libya: ‘Got All This Stuff Twirling Around In My Head’”. Both the video and the article seemed to be relatively unbiased and the coverage seemed very fair towards Cain, making no unnecessary comments, just simply presenting facts. Although the article and video seemed very fair, I personally would not have minded them being written/reported in a harsher tone. I do not believe that Hermain Cain’s “stumbles” and unintelligence about foreign countries and languages is acceptable. The President of our country should be upheld to the highest standards and should be one of the most knowledgable people out there regarding domestic and foreign affairs and policies, no exceptions.

  7. Melissa Bognaski permalink
    November 20, 2011 11:28 pm

    After reviewing a USA Today article titled “Herman Cain Stumbles on Libya Question”, and then watching the video of Cain’s comment in Miami, I’ve come to realize that the media is extremely harsh on presidential candidates. One little comment like “How do you say delicious in Cuban?” sets off a whirlwind of comments and news coverage. The coverage in the USA Today article about the Libya comment seemed just and factual. It quoted the initial interview and was more concrete than analytical. Cain was portrayed negatively, but that was because of facts and Cain himself, not journalists’ opinions. The video seemed to be more of a direct attack on Cain and it was less fair. It caught him in a carefree moment saying something without thinking or maybe as a joke. The media seems to have blown it out of proportion. Everyone has their blonde moments.

    Indeed, I believe that the media needs to hold presidential candidates accountable for the things they say. By running they are willingly subjecting themselves to the lime light. In an interview candidates need to be prepared for a range of questions. Their answers will help us decide the fate of our country, and the media needs to cover them. However, the media should take into account that the presidential candidates are human. Everyone gets caught off guard and stumbles.

  8. Brent Atteberry permalink
    November 21, 2011 11:48 am

    I think that Herman Cain has showed ignorance numerous times on issues that should be common knowledge for a person in his position. This shows poor initiative, if he can not take the time to be updated on world news then what does that say about how he would act as president? This is honestly just unacceptable behavior. The media is entitled to show flaws in a candidate. This is the presidency we are talking about and that is not something to be taken lightly. I believe even the little things reflect poorly on candidates. What does it say about a country when the president slips up and says something really stupid?

  9. Cody Pry permalink
    November 21, 2011 12:46 pm

    As for the two articles I read one was on the fiscal times and the other was the LA Times and it showed me that they found a subject they can ask him questions on and make it apparent he has no clue what to say. I personally believe that if he is running for the President of The United States he should at least have some type of knowledge about foreign policy since it is such a huge part of being the President. The media does not even have to say anything to get their opinion across about the candidate, just simply ask a question about foreign policy and he will do the work for them. As someone who is applying for the job to run the country in a way that is supposed to be best for the people he needs to know about these topics. If it is about a subject that he will be making important decisions on in his Presidency then as a candidate he should know about it. On those important subjects the media should hold him accountable

  10. Tania Pluviose permalink
    November 21, 2011 12:58 pm

    I am disappointed, yes, surprised no. Disappointed because he should have had a least his talking points about the Republican take on foreign policy. Mr. Cain seems that because the polls show that he was leading that he can somehow can be lax. On The Moderate Voice, a website that is non partisan Mr Cain’s video was posted as it. The coverage I think is fair, the video was of Mr. Cain and his attempt at answering questions on Libya. We the viewer can actually see him stumble instead of a reporter tell us, so it has more credibility. On the CNN it gives it report but from arms length. The report presents the information but from The Miami Heralds perspective, none the less the information does not appear to bias. However, the reporter does use a quote of possible his pronunciation of Uzbekistan and there a certain works which imply that Mr. Cain simple does not get it.For example Cuban is not a language but that Cubans speak Spanish.

    I think both coverage was fair, it served a purpose. Mr. Cain is running for president, basic knowledge of foreign affairs is a prerequisite for a president of the United States of America and Mr. Cain has not satisfied and does not seem to be making an attempt to satisfy this prerequisite.

  11. Carleen Hunt permalink
    November 21, 2011 1:41 pm

    This Miami Herald article discusses Cain’s foreign policy and the challenges he has had to face throughout his campaign. I would say The Herald is very fair in the coverage. They state what Cain did and then his excuse for the lapse in answering a question. They also write what one of Cain’s aids says about the incident. They might be a little bit on his side, because they point out that despite setbacks, he is still rising in polls. However, this too is just fact, and all The Herald does is state the facts.

    In this Miami Herald article about Cain’s visit to Miami, the newspaper seems to be very biased against him, often calling him an “outsider” and saying he should “have taken a few moments to prep himself on the local political weirdness.” I myself am from Miami so I understand what the writers are referring to, but I don’t think it’s fair to hold Cain responsible for knowing this. Also, they hold him accountable for asking how to say “delicious” in “Cuban”, obviously not a real language, but someone who is from Miami understands that there is a certain “Spanglish” language there that can be called “Cuban”. I don’t think it’s fair to analyze every little mistake a presidential nominee makes. Especially in his Libya slip, they analyze the fact that he took ten seconds to answer. Who cares the exact amount of seconds it takes him to answer the question? I would rather him take a minute to gather his thoughts rather then blurt out something stupid. I think the media should hold a president accountable when it’s necessary, not when it’s something ridiculous like taking ten seconds to answer.

  12. Aleksandr Skop permalink
    November 21, 2011 2:11 pm

    As a poli-sci major, I am very heavily invested in topics such as the presidential elections, and can say that I am very far from impartial when it comes to news concerning it. As for Herman Cain’s recent “brain-fart” on camera concerning Libya, I can say that he has yet again confirmed himself a farce of a “politician” in my eyes. His stance on the foreign policy is on a level of a child, and seeking the position of a leader of the free world for such “politicians” is satirical to me. Not having a stance on a vital geopolitical issue such as the Arab Spring is simply dangerous for a potential president of the US, and not being competent in foreign affairs in this day and age can truly result in a global catastrophe and end of the free-world as we know it. As for the news coverage of his numerous “brain-farts” (including the “delicious in Cuban” comment), I find that most articles are justifiably critical of him, and in a way biased against him. In situations like this, I believe that a reporter has the full right to use critical and maybe even demeaning language against such political jokes as Cain, because they are analyzing his exact words, not assumptions or accusations of others. In conclusion, I believe that a man who runs for president and can’t voice an opinion on a huge political crisis that lasted for months, doesn’t know what language neighboring countries speak, and calls middle-eastern nations “Ubeki-beki-beki-stan-stan” deserves all the media hell-fire in the world, and reporters could and should be as critical as possible of such jokers.

  13. Erica Bowman permalink
    November 21, 2011 4:16 pm

    Running for president requires a lot of time, preparation, and stress. But that is what it requires. I have no sympathy for him and his excuse of not getting enough sleep. I do not want someone to be the president of my country who is not prepared and can’t handle the stress of running for president, because while being president he would have to deal with a lot more stress than that. I think the media coverage was fair and needs to hold him 100% accountable. Running for president is a tough job but if he can not handle it he does not need to be elected.

  14. Alison Johnson permalink
    November 21, 2011 4:52 pm

    Herman Cain has yet to demonstrate to the American public why he is an appropriate presidential candidate. CBS news had an article on his “brain freeze” and as I’m reading it, I really thought he was clueless. Yes, we can say that everyone gets nervous and stumbles on interview topics, but we’re talking about a political figure, a person who should be used to interviews and thinking on their feet. Cain should have been able to discuss Obama’s position on Libya without pausing and stating, “…just want to make sure we’re talking about the same thing before I say yes I agree, or no I don’t agree.” Was there biased in this article? In my opinion yes, it showed that Cain appeared incompetent. However, when choosing our next president, I want someone who knows the political affairs of not only within our states but the world. The video on him asking to how say delicious in Cuban, (when it is obviously Spanish), was slightly appalling. Most children know that Cubans speak Spanish, so why can’t a man with a master’s degree from Purdue know this as well?

  15. Katherine Evans permalink
    November 21, 2011 5:09 pm

    The article I chose for Cain regarding Libya was from The writer of this article does a very good job of explaining what happened without being biased. He presented what happened and then followed up his story with experts as sources. For example, the author used Cain’s spokesman’s comments as a source. His spokesman explained that Cain had only slept 4 hours the previous night. Even though this article was not particularly biased, I can only imagine how reporters twisted and turned this into a much bigger issue. I watched the video of Cain from I was quite surprised that he referred to Cuban as a language. CNN’s coverage was a tad biased. The anchors and experts over-scrutinized his slip. However, in a way I agree with the anchors. Presidential candidates should definitely be accountable for things they say. I can understand a few mistakes here and there, but if it is continual there is something wrong and they should be scrutinized.


    Cain’s Cuban language:

  16. Samantha Jodice permalink
    November 21, 2011 5:50 pm

    I believe that we should hold every presidential candidate responsible for everything they say simply due to the fact that we potentially plan to follow this candidate as they lead our country and make decisions for billions of individuals. We should be able to trust that they understand the global issues in our world and that they know how to handle a conceivably large amount of knowledge in order to lead the United Sates. I reviewed the news article by ABC news on Herman Cain’s “freeze” on the proposed Libya question and the reporter was very fair giving all facts surrounding the candidates interview and I analyzed the “Los Angeles Times” article on his question of how to say the word delicious in Cuban. This was also a fair account of events that took place. I firmly believe that we need a candidate who does not make such big mistakes when it comes to major topics in our world and one we can rely on for years to come.

  17. Natalie Forte permalink
    November 21, 2011 6:11 pm

    Herman Cain has showed ignorance many times on the issues that should be common knowledge for someone that is in his case. This shows poor initiative. Cain goes through the case but doesn’t let the world know what is going on. I think that the media is entitled to show flaws in the candidate. Since the case is about presidency this shouldn’t be taken lightly. Because of what Cain is doing this reflects badly on him. Someone in his position should know what to say and not say “stupid” remarks and makes jokes on the issues. A person campaigning to be the president of the United States should be accountable for the things that they say and stand by them.

  18. Sheilla Dumel permalink
    November 21, 2011 7:48 pm

    I don’t care how tired Rick Perry was or what drugs he did or what alcohol he drank. The fact that he couldn’t recall the three federal agencies he’d eliminate if president shows me that he didn’t study the matter seriously. Imagine a pinhead like Perry studying federal agencies in depth. Kinda like imagining Herman Cain studying foreign affairs in depth. Forget memorizing the furniture, guys. Just know your limitations and bow out.

  19. Arcadia Hauquitz permalink
    November 21, 2011 7:55 pm

    I think coverage was fair for both. I mean all the media was doing was commenting on comments Cain himself made (or lack thereof). The media was just showing or commenting on Cain’s ideas of foreign policy, as they should. Presidential candidates should be held accountable for EVERYTHING they say because they are running to one day represent this entire nation and we don’t want our president to embarrass us (again). Presidential candidates are suppose to be very knowledgeable on foreign affairs of the moment and have their own opinions on how it is being handled so that question should have been a no brainer for Cain and his answer clearly proves that he is not ready for such a big responsibility.

  20. November 21, 2011 8:01 pm

    Herman Cain’s lack of knowledge on foreign policy has been beginning to show, especially with these two incidents. When I watched the video of Herman Cain I was honestly embarrassed for him. I couldn’t believe he could make the connection, and still not realize that Cuban is a nationality, not a language.
    The article I read came from the Fiscal Times, and it just confirmed my thoughts. The fact that you don’t research before interviews, and make it a point to be fully knowledgeable about what’s going in the world is really beyond me. It makes me realize that I need to read more and attempt to understand the history that is being made everyday.

  21. Melissa Roche permalink
    November 21, 2011 8:06 pm

    After reviewing USA Today’s coverage about Herman Cain’s Libya slip-up, I thought the article was fairly unbiased. It was factual and fair in describing the incident. However, the last two paragraphs seemed to portray him in a negative manner; they mention that he “also appeared confused when asked about whether federal workers should receive collective bargaining rights.” The last paragraph then reiterates his answer, and although true and accurate, it seems unnecessary and as if it was added to influence its audience against Herman Cain.
    When it comes to the clip on Fox News about Cain’s inquiry on how to say “delicious” in Cuban, the coverage was very fair. It merely laid out the facts and provided a short clip of the incident.
    The media should definitely hold presidential candidates accountable for what they say. The pure essence of journalism is to inform the truth to the public in a dispassionate way that allows the audience to formulate and arrive at their own conclusions. Therefore, I do not think it wrong for the media to cover stories about things that a potential future president says or does.The media should do so in an unbiased manner, however.

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  22. Rachel Perez permalink
    November 22, 2011 9:35 am

    Presidential canditdate Herman Cain definitely has a lot to make up for. Out of all the articles and videos that I’ve seen, they were all negative and unforgiving. The highlights touched upon by nearly all media outlets was Cain’s lack of knowledge on foreign policy, espescially after seeing his blunder with the Libya question. Fox News was the only outlet tht I saw that, though judgemental, tried to get through the story quickly–not really touching upon the main issue of the story. As harsh as some of the coverage was, I do think that it was fair. A Presidential candidate should be held accountable for what he says and should at least do some research on issues in the world. Libya has been in the news quite a bit; it’s not like that particular question was a curveball. And as for the ‘Cuban’ video, that was just not intelligent and he obviously wasn’t thinking. I think the coverage was fair and that Cain should be held accountable; as a Presidential candidate, all eyes are on you.

  23. marycastro000 permalink
    November 22, 2011 11:04 am

    The blunders that Herman Cain has made are huge. Lets start with the Libya question. He has said that the reason why he didn’t answer quickly was because of a long flight.Butt the way that the video was presented has caused harm to his presidential campaign and why shouldn’t it? As a presidential candidate you are expected to answer on your feet and to expect any possible question that may be asked. While Cain has found an excuse of his 10 second delay the damage has been done. Questions have been now coming up on whether or not Cain will be able to handle foreign affairs.On the Fox News website I found that the Cuban incident was more choppy. The article jumped from one subject to another. While they did provide the video there didn’t seem to be much criticism in the article. My opinion on the Cuban incident? It is embarrassing that Cain refers to Spanish as “Cuban”. While he asked the question without thinking this small mistake cannot be forgiven easily. Cain is expected to know the culture that he may be referring to and if he was elected president a small mistake like this can be extremely harmful to the U.S.

  24. Andrew Yelich permalink
    November 22, 2011 11:35 am

    Hermain Cain seems to have a problem with needing to out his foot in his mouth after he says something. The media coverage of Cain answering questions about Lybia just makes him look unprepared. Which in other instances he has done the same. The Miami answer about “Cubans” made him look foolish, and again I think that is deserving. As a candidate you need to be making yourself look smart, and prepared. He seemed to drop the ball on that with those two instancces.

  25. Sarah Lappen permalink
    November 22, 2011 12:36 pm

    Its true that the facts presented in both the articles I read paint Herman Cain in a bad light, but the fact of the matter is, they are nothing but cold, hard accurate facts and quotations. I do not feel as though the articles i read were biased against Mr. Cain but I am sure that they will likely hurt his campaign for president, as they should. I was most appalled when I read the quotation included in the article from the Huffington Post in which Mr. Cain stated “I’m not supposed to know anything about foreign policy. Just thought I’d throw that out.” As a citizen of this country I would sincerely hope that the person leading us knew a little something about foreign policy.

  26. Nathan Ingham permalink
    November 23, 2011 2:05 pm

    We all know by this point that Hermain Cain does not know much about foreign policy. He’s said it before and it’s something we already know before watching the video. As for the “brainfreeze” video on Libya; this really bothers me. He is quoted saying “I would do a better job of accessing the opposition” and then toward the end of the video when it is said “you don’t think those things were accessed?” he answers that he doesn’t know.

    He spent almost 5 minutes avoiding the question and giving a straight answer. The only point he makes is he would have accessed the opposition better and he doesn’t even know the facts behind it. First of all having someone that is indecisive and lacks so much confidence when he speaks is a person I would never want running any country. I feel like I can’t trust him; whether it is because he is a untrustworthy person or he just lacks knowledge and will make a mistake without him even knowing it.

  27. Heather Comitz permalink
    November 27, 2011 8:23 pm

    In my opinion, any presidential candidate should be held accountable for anything and everything that comes out of their mouth when addressing the public. When presidential candidate Herman Cain stumbled over a serious question regarding his take on Obama’s foreign policy in Libya in the article:, it pulls up many concerns on whether or not this man should in fact be our president. It makes him seem like he lacks interest in having an involvement with these kinds of serious issues. On the subject of Cain asking “how do you say delicious in Cuban,” which he had done in Miami, draws less of a matter of worthiness of Cain himself because this was not a serious issue. I don’t believe he should be judged on what he says when he’s stuffing his face with Cuban-style coffee and croquetas. Basically, if a presidential candidate is addressing the public, he/she must be ready at all times to answer crucial questions regarding world issues. I mean, we do care who is elected to be our country’s leader, right?

  28. Brittany Hubbard permalink
    November 28, 2011 8:07 pm

    Personally I feel uneasy about Herman Cain as a presidential election candidate. If I am running for any kind of election to where I am representing a place or people, I would know about everything I am saying and think before I speak. With him being a presidential candidate, ll eyes and hears are going to be put on him at all times. Even though, as most people have already stated, everybody makes mistakes and no one is perfect, being put in such a major position and wanting the role of running the country, there is no room or time for mistakes such as this one. Becoming president of the United States is a big role that has to be taken seriously and that you must be knowledge about everything that is happening, be concerned about the issues that are taking place everywhere, care about worldwide events, and be ready to say and do anything on the spot. Our country has already been through drastic situations and changes both negative and positive, we need to pick out every flaw of a potential leader and make sure they can handle anything and everything, with our without pressure.

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