UCLA Policymaking Domain and National Rifle Association Discussion

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1)  Think of an insider claimsmaker — they/it can be an individual, institution, or an organization. What characteristics make them an insider claimsmaker? How have they used their power and influence in the policymaking domain, in the media domain, and/or to sway popular opinion? A useful example is found in lecture 8 focusing on the National Rifle Association (NRA) and their influence on policy with the Dickey Amendment. (Links to an external site.)

2)  In a past lecture, we learned that the structure of a claim has grounds, warrants, and conclusions. Grounds can include typifying examples, naming of a problem, and statistics. Yet, I noted that naming a problem is not the same as defining it (see lecture 3). We have many useful examples of this from history. For example, the Spanish Influenza did not originate in Spain but was named that because Spain was one of the few countries reporting on the outbreak at the time (Links to an external site.). Spain, in 1918, was not censoring news like other war-time countries were at the time. (Interestingly, the Spanish called the disease the “French Flu” because they believed it started in France.) Think of a troubling condition/social problem that had a name that did not quite suit the definition of that troubling condition/problem. Tell us how that name came to be and why it gained widespread traction. In what ways was the naming of the problem not the same as defining it?

Instructions: Please review the two discussion questions below, provide a response for one of them. Response posts should be 2-3 paragraphs. After you post your response, please reply to a post written by your fellow peers (you can provide more than one reply if you wish). You may have to log on at a later time to post your reply to another student’s post. Please be considerate in your posts and replies. 

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An insider claims maker that comes to mind immediately would be the president of the United States. Because the President is backed by the US Government, they are going to receive information before the general public does. With that, the information they receive is going to automatically be credible because the president only deals with the highest appointed positions in the government.

I personally would argue that their use of power shifts throughout the different time periods of their term. During the election process it is pretty clear that the only power they are using is for their attempt to sway popular opinion, this initially gets them into office. That is where I would say that this changes to using their power to influence policymaking as well as the media. No presidents want to leave a negative legacy when their term is up therefore they are going to use their power to put out a positive image to the media in order to grow their support

1) Think of an insider claimsmaker — they/it can be an individual, institution, or an organization. What characteristics make them an insider claimsmaker? How have they used their power and influence in the policymaking domain, in the media domain, and/or to sway popular opinion? A useful example is found in lecture 8 focusing on the National Rifle Association (NRA) and their influence on policy with the Dickey Amendment.“>influence on policy with the Dickey Amendment.

For this weeks discussion post I am going to be talking about two individuals connected to FOX Business News. The two individuals I will be talking about today are Eleanor Terrett and Charles Gasparino. To give a short summary of they are and what they are doing currently, they both are news reporters for FOX Business and are currently covering a story of what I believe to be one of the biggest financial lawsuits in the history of the United States (Ripple Labs vs SEC).

So what makes them insiders? First we have to define what an insider claimsmaker is and that is somebody that has easy access to publicity as well as people in power. When talking about the two news reporters mentioned above they have both of these qualities. Both Charles and Eleanor have easy access to publicity given that they are news reporters. In addition, they have connections to people in power that can give them insights on pending litigations or whatever story they are covering at the time.

With these powers behind them, the two individuals have used there voice and connections to shed light on the ongoing litigation case between the SEC and Ripple Labs. They have used “sources” that have predicted certain outcomes of the lawsuit as well as their platform to spread opinions on the case itself. Given the pure size of their platform, they have definitely swayed a lot of people one way. They use their platform to call on the potential corruption going on at the SEC and to call for the government agency to be investigated.

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