Episode 43

Did the Republicans Lie about the Impeachment Inquiry?


October 3rd, 2019

50 mins 57 secs

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About this Episode

In this episode we listen to clips from a joint press conference by Republican leadership in the wake of Nancy Pelosi announcing an impeachment inquiry of Donald Trump.

We hear in this episode a high degree of spin from the Republicans, and persuasion skills are at the forefront! Take a listen to this episode to find out:

  • The key transitional phrase that Republican leaders keep using in order to pace and lead the audience
  • What Nancy Pelosi has to do with the classical game of Plinko from the Price is Right, and this hilarious analogy and linkage
  • The key phrases that the speakers use that let you know they just lied and how you can be on the lookout for them
  • How selective attention is being used to focus you only on the facts they want you to see
  • The "They/We" switch and why pronoun usage is so important when analyzing persuasive messages
  • A breakdown of linking cause and effect statements and what this has to do with Trump
  • The distraction game and how Corey Lewandowski makes an appearance
  • Taylor's favorite nominalization in all of politics
  • The "Big Reveal" - how listening to this press conference a few days after it aired shows a shocking revelation that not even the Republicans knew had already happened!
  • And much more!

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