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Wednesday, March 10, 2004


The Baltimore Chronicle highlights the problem with judging how Americans feel about one of the most discussed topics of the day:

The Linguistics of Politics: How the Right Frames the Issues

"...While a lot of Americans don't approve of gay sex, that doesn't mean they want to discriminate against gay people....What if you make the issue "freedom to marry," or even better, "the right to marry"? That's a whole different story. Very few people would say they did not support the right to marry who you choose. But the polls don't ask that question, because the right wing has framed that issue."

—George Lakoff, professor of linguistics, University of California at Berkeley and a founder of the Rockridge Institute, one of the few progressive think tanks in the U.S.