Missing Winner of GOP Debate

Tonight’s debate gave Republican candidates a chance to upset Donald Trump’s lead as the Iowa caucuses approach, but missing man Trump, still took home the win.

In past debates, success has meant different things. In earlier debates, the meaning of “winning” depended on the individual candidate: gain larger endorsements, have a breakout moment, show a more humanized side, upstage a competitor’s policy proposal – the list goes on. But, tonight’s debate challenged our very idea of a debate “W”. You might not even have to be physically on stage.  

Donald Trump, the “elephant not in the room,” as Fox News moderator Megyn Kelly proclaimed, still managed to land a seat in the form of sporadic jokes and attacks. However, Trump may have still gained by bowing out of the debate. While engaging in previous debates have not always been Trump’s strong suit, action and the ability to get people talking has been.

Partnering with Google, Fox News was able to produce data throughout the debate, placing national security at the top of America’s priorities. With this priority, you might think Former Gov. Jeb Bush won, with his tough exchanges, and stepping out of his brother’s shadow. In commentary afterwards, The Washington Post columnist Charles Krauthammer noted that Bush had one of his best nights, maybe even better than the rest of the group. You could also say that perhaps the moderators won, equipped with their video footage to remain tough and call candidates out, marking Sen. Marco Rubio and Sen. Ted Cruz points down.

 

You could rule out Dr. Ben Carson for his fumble with foreign policy. 

 

But, in determining the winner, I believe you have to look at the larger context of this race. This presidential race has already proven to be unlike any other: Front runners include businessman Trump, neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson, and there remains speculation about billionaire publisher and former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg may enter the race. The American people are looking outside the typical political realm and the polls show that they are craving something new.

While this debate showed a new depth of substance and rich discussion of policy and issues, action is ultimately of the utmost importance. And, I wouldn’t put it pass people to take stock of the $5,000,000 Trump raided for military veterans during the debate. We will wait for the results of the Iowa vote.

10 Journalists to Follow in 2016

It’s January 19th. Those New Years resolutions may be beginning to test your time, energy, and strength. But, keeping up with what’s going on shouldn’t fall off your to-do list. Social media can be your greatest tool: everything from keeping your personal life in order to staying in the know. It’s time to revamp your feed and start following these 10 journalists to catch everything from unfolding global crises to the latest in the tech world.

  1. Pete Cashmore
    Twitter: @Mashable
    Keep up with the latest breaking news in everything from politics to In-N-Out burgers with this account run by Founder and CEO of Mashable.

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    Tweeted Tue., Jan., 2016.
  2. Ann Curry, News Anchor/Correspondent at NBC News
    Facebook: Ann Curry
    Ann Curry shares insights and stories pertaining to human rights and justice issues, with a plethora of articles spanning from site’s you might frequently read to the more obscure.
  3. Kevin Cobb, Runs website “Overheard in the Newsroom”.
    Twitter: @OHNewsroom
    This account is for the journalism junkies out there – Every wanted to know what working in a newsroom is really like? Explore the lighter side of the news here.
  4. Gregory Korte, USA Today’s Whitehouse Correspondent
    Facebook: Gregory Korte
    Korte will keep your newsfeed full with to-the-minute White House news.

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    White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest featured on Gregory Korte’s Facebook account Mon., Jan., 2016.

     

  5. Mona Eltahawy, New York Times Opinion Columnist
    Twitter: @monaeltahawy
    Columnist, author of Headscarves & Hymens, and self-proclaimed feminist writer, Eltahawy is one to watch. Eltahawy is constantly engaging on Twitter, providing insights through a Muslim and feminist lens.
  6. Brian Stelter, Senior Media Correspondent and Host of “Reliable Sources” at CNN
    Facebook: Brian Stelter
    Get your news from a critical perspective: Stelter briefs show, “Reliable Sources” for you.
  7. Joanna Stern, Wall Street Journal Personal Technology Columnist
    Twitter: @JoannaStern

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    Joanna Stern in New York City Tue., Jan., 2016.Never fear about making conversation with your tech-savvy friends again. Joanna Stern makes her adventures as a Technology Columnist accessible for the beginner to the advanced.
  8. Glenn Beck, The Blaze
    Facebook: Glenn Beck
    Whether you agree with his political views or not, you’ll find plenty political food for thought to fuel your next conversation.
  9. Rob Harris, Sports Reporter for The Associated Press
    Twitter: Rob Harris
    Harris goes more in depth than your typical sports coverage – learn more about the politics and finances of the game too.
  10. Brian Kilmeade, Co-host of Fox & Friends, Host of Kilmeade & Friends
    Facebook: Brian Kilmeade
    Dubbed, “news you can use,” Kilmeade’s account takes you behind the scenes of Fox news.

About Lucy Prout

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Lydia Hennessey, Alec Kingston, and Lucy Prout picnic at the Washington Monument on Saturday, May 2, 2015.

Lucy Prout is a sophomore at Georgetown University, pursuing Justice and Peace Studies with a concentration in Justice and the Media, and is currently aspiring to minor in Journalism. She is fascinated by the power of portrayal, and the way this digital age is transforming the way information is received. Growing up in Tokyo, Japan at an international school with students from over fifty different corners of the world, Lucy has cultivated an open mind, bursting with questions, and is rarely willing to accept things the way they are. The need to constantly question and explore led Lucy to find journalism as a natural fit – with it also providing a much needed outlet for investigation inspired by her studies in Justice and Peace. Since beginning to write for Georgetown University’s student-run newspaper, The Hoya, she has never looked back.

Lucy was able to combine her passions for the news and all things digital this past fall working for a digital strategy firm, learning how to most effectively story-tell in a constantly evolving digital world. She is excited to further her skills in this course, and hopes to one day be an investigative reporter in the growing digital news industry.
When Lucy is not in the classroom or running around interviewing contacts for The Hoya, she can be found on the hunt for hidden pockets in DC, attempting to train for a half-marathon, or trying to play basketball in the vicinity of the Georgetown Men’s basketball team.