Tuesday, May 21 2013 10:12 PM EDT2013-05-22 02:12:52 GMT
The claim that the ongoing IRS scandal is limited to low level employees is falling apart. The six Cincinnati workers we have identified, who sent scrutinizing letters to conservative groups with wordsFull Story >
The claim that the ongoing IRS scandal is limited to low level employees is falling apart. Full Story >
Tuesday, May 21 2013 10:08 PM EDT2013-05-22 02:08:07 GMT
Mike Leake pitched three-hit ball for seven sharp innings and the Cincinnati Reds parlayed star third baseman David Wright's early error Tuesday night into a 4-0 victory over the New York Mets. DevinFull Story >
Mike Leake pitched three-hit ball for seven sharp innings and the Cincinnati Reds parlayed star third baseman David Wright's early error Tuesday night into a 4-0 victory over the New York Mets.Full Story >
Tuesday, May 21 2013 9:55 PM EDT2013-05-22 01:55:22 GMT
The Kings Local School Board has voted to release depositions that the district's lawyer took while an investigation was underway into the allegations against a teacher. The vote was part of a settlementFull Story >
The Kings Local School Board has voted to release depositions that the district's lawyer took while an investigation was underway into the allegations against a teacher.Full Story >
Tuesday, May 21 2013 8:46 PM EDT2013-05-22 00:46:29 GMT
Among the devastation from Monday's tornado in Moore, Okla. was two school buildings. So, are local schools ready if the worst happens? "It makes me nervous more than anything," said Jamie Klauke, theFull Story >
Among the devastation from Monday's tornado in Moore, Okla. was two school buildings. So, are local schools ready if the worst happens?Full Story >
Which president had the first telephone? Which commander in chief gambled away the White House china? Or who loved jelly beans? Discover some fun facts about some of the men who've been president.Full Story >
Do you know which president was the first to have a telephone? Which commander in chief gambled away the White House china? Or who loved jelly beans? Discover some fun facts about some of the men who've held the highest office in the United States.Full Story >
The 2012 election may be over, but not all may be lost for Republicans looking for love. Thanks to chemistry.com, you can find your political equal in these cities.Full Story >
Republicans lost the 2012 presidential election, but not all may be lost for members of the GOP looking for love. Chemistry.com lists the cities they are most likely to find their political equal.Full Story >
The final debate before the 2012 presidential election provided an endless amount of viral internet memes as well as the inspiration for some creative fictional Twitter hash tags.Full Story >
The final debate before the 2012 presidential election provided enough memorable moments - one in particular about the Navy - to create an endless amount of viral internet memes. It also was the inspiration for some creative fictional Twitter hash tags.Full Story >
(RNN) - The second inauguration of Barack Obama signified the power of social media in the political process and vice versa.
According to Yahoo! News, 1.1 million tweets were sent on Inauguration Day, with a peak of nearly 28,000 tweets per minute. It's a huge increase from the same event four years ago, when just 82,392 tweets were sent, with a peak of 3,210 tweets per minute.
Social Media and Politics - The power couple
During the elections of 2000 and 2004, social media as we know it was just blossoming and didn't have the power it has today. Before that, barely-there websites, threatening advertising campaigns, friendly appeals and debates were all the public had to judge candidates on.
At every turn, the advent of radio, television and the internet have dramatically changed how politics is presented to voters. Social media is the next big thing.
Politics is the good looking older guy who gets what's going on, sort of. Social media is the young media savvy woman with a type-A personality.
Things like Twitter and Facebook make politics look cool.
"Social media allows politicians to have direct communication with their constituents," said Dr. Marcus Messner, associate professor in the School of Mass Communications at Virginia Commonwealth University. "If the engagement is restricted to publishing press releases, however, the effect is rather limited."
Presidential websites date back to the 1996 Clinton/Dole election. Since then, they have developed into a landing pad on how to best reach the candidate.
The 2008 presidential election, otherwise known as the "Facebook" election, was the first when a social media forum, besides political blogs, mattered. The 2012 presidential election was the "social media" election, with both candidates having numerous accounts on many popular sites.
"No nationwide or statewide campaign can now be successful without a social media campaign," said Messner. "They are always on the lookout for the next social media scoop that drives the conversation of the hour."
These two are a combustible yet suitable couple. The internet can easily make your campaign or break it.
Social Media and Politics: 2004 - Go blog about it
The topics fueling the narrative of the 2004 presidential election were John Kerry's Vietnam record, flip-flopping and Swift Boat captains. In the primary season, Howard Dean's infamous yelp after the Iowa caucuses became a YouTube sensation.
Social media websites like YouTube and MySpace grew, advancing the ability to share thoughts of importance and entertaining as far as politics was concerned. The most important social media tool used was blogging, with journalistic whistle-blowers blowing the cover off biases and creating a sense of checks and balances.
In a political nation where more than half of American voters don't trust what televised news sources were giving them, blogging gave a customized view of what voters wanted. The constituency sought news tailored to its perspectives.
According to the Pew Research Center, 29 percent of Americans went to online sources for their news in 2004, a drastic change than the 13 percent in 2000.
The 2004 presidential campaigns were big on the internet for something else - fundraising. Howard Dean's campaign (pre-yelp) was on the fast track in that category.
Yet the power of the internet derailed his efforts too, as his rally video became viral.
On its way to victory, the Bush campaign released Kerry's Vietnam congressional interviews online and effectively portrayed him as an elitist husband of an heiress who couldn't relate to common people.
Social Media and Politics: 2008-2012
The competing parties began to catch up with one another in 2008 with supporters becoming more internet savvy.
According to the Pew Internet and American Life Project, supporters for John McCain (83 percent) were more likely than supporters of Barack Obama (76 percent) to be internet users.
In contrast, supporters of Obama were more likely to use a wider range of online political activities, from live blogging to going online to find volunteering opportunities for the campaign, than McCain supporters.
Also, 74 percent of internet users went online during the 2008 election to participate in campaigning and fundraising initiatives, or get news and information about the campaign, according to PIALP. It was the first time more than half the voting-age population used the internet to connect to the political process during an election cycle.
"Voters have access to the politician and the campaign," said Messner. "They do not have to attend an event to voice their opinion or express their support. They can also find many like-minded voters and organize with them."
The media joined the social media boom as well - 2008 was the first election with live streaming debates on YouTube and news websites. That year also was the first time viewers could be a part of the action without being there by submitting questions to candidates via video.
The media embraced social media to increase its viewership. By 2012, every anchor or news personality had their own Twitter handle or Facebook page so viewers could be a part of the discussion as much as panelists are.
In 2012, Republican candidate Mitt Romney learned from the pitfalls of McCain's campaign and, like Obama, got interactive with the constituents. The relatively young forum got more politically involved compared to 2008 thanks to social media, and more voters were finding what they sought out in regards to political messages.
Politicians on all levels picked up on the growth of social media. According to The Verge, all 100 senators and 90 percent of the House have Twitter accounts.
Obama still leads the charge in socially aware politicians. During his campaign, he hosted a Twitter town hall meeting, and throughout his first term, his weekly address was broadcast via YouTube, posted on the White House website and cable news networks.
The Obama administration created the We the People website, a digital generation's take on one of the First Amendment's rights of petitioning the government. It allowed the online public to voice its opinions without all of the government red tape.
"While it was something very innovative four years ago, social media is now part of the standard of political campaign," said Messner. "Wherever candidates speak, there will be someone in the room with a cell phone and a social media connection."
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Tuesday, May 21 2013 10:36 AM EDT2013-05-21 14:36:49 GMT
(RNN) – A day after long track tornadoes devastated Shawnee and Edmond, OK, another round has begun near Oklahoma City.KOCO broadcast a slow rotating cloud that slowly extended down towards the groundFull Story >
Dozens of people have died after a second day of tornadoes twisted through Oklahoma, this time taking aim at the town of Moore, south of Oklahoma City.Full Story >
Monday, May 20 2013 9:15 PM EDT2013-05-21 01:15:38 GMT
A massive tornado touched down to the southwest of Oklahoma City Monday afternoon. Starting out as a classic funnel it quickly became a giant half-mile wide wedge tornado as it proceeded east north eastFull Story >
A massive tornado touched down to the southwest of Oklahoma City Monday afternoon.Full Story >
Tuesday, May 21 2013 9:44 AM EDT2013-05-21 13:44:48 GMT
Eastbound 275 is closed this morning at the Kellogg due to a roll-over accident with an entrapment. The one car accident happened just after 3A-M. The car landed in the median. One person was takenFull Story >
Officers say speed and alcohol are suspected to be factors in the crash. Jones was wearing his seatbelt. Full Story >
Monday, May 20 2013 5:35 PM EDT2013-05-20 21:35:49 GMT
(RNN) - On May 3, 1999, an F5 tornado touched down near Chickasha, OK and cut northeast through the state before dissipating near Midwest City, OK.Monday's tornado that devastated Moore, OK closely followedFull Story >
In 1999, Oklahoma City saw an F5 tornado that caused more than $1 billion in damage. Full Story >
Tuesday, May 21 2013 6:22 AM EDT2013-05-21 10:22:59 GMT
Cincinnati Firefighters are responding to a fire in the 1800 of Jackson Street in Lincoln Heights. Witnesses reported seeing flames on the back side of the building. The location was known as "The SugarFull Story >
Crews from Woodlawn, Evendale and Wyoming are on the scene. The fire is out but the building is still smoking. Full Story >
A 23-year-old father is charged after allowing his 9-year-old daughter to drive. Police were called to the parking lot of Headland's State Park in Painesville Township on Sunday around 10:15 p.m. afterFull Story >
A Lake County, Ohio father is charged after allowing his 9-year-old daughter to drive.Full Story >
Monday, May 20 2013 10:39 PM EDT2013-05-21 02:39:58 GMT
Police are looking for the suspects who robbed the Fresh Market in Oakley. It happened just before 10 p.m. Monday night at the location on Madison Road. Initial reports are that two men with guns enteredFull Story >
Police are looking for the suspects who robbed the Fresh Market in Oakley.Full Story >
Monday, May 20 2013 10:00 PM EDT2013-05-21 02:00:13 GMT
Bonnie Esrig worked for the IRS for 38 years, many of which were spent in the Cincinnati field office. She retired in January 2013 as an Area Manager in Exempt Organizations Determinations. Esrig saysFull Story >
Bonnie Esrig worked for the IRS for 38 years, many of which were spent in the Cincinnati field office.Full Story >
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