AM, F&F: Yin, Yang

Subliminal messages collide? Giffords “memorial” Palin pic: Now you see it, now you don’t! As both American Morning and Fox & Friends decried the divisive political climate evident in the aftermath of the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (AZ-D), they both also appeared to embrace it subliminally this morning. Case in point: the respective placement and non-placement in their programs of a Giffords “memorial” anti-Palin sign (a peace sign above the word “NOT” and a gun sight graphic). I.e., AM focused on the sign like a laser and F&F hid it like the plague. [Author's aside: The sign is an obvious acerbic reference to Sarah Palin's controversial campaign against pro-Obamacare Democrats, including Giffords, using guns sights graphics.]

Ironically, the intended subliminal messages of both AM and F&F were made overt by their parallel universe placements. On one hand, AM situated co-anchor Kiran Chetry so that the anti-Palin sign was to her screen right: this position not only prominently placed it side-by-side with Chetry but also between her and her sitting guests throughout the program. On the other hand, Fox & Friends put reporter Mike Tobin and Tucson interviewees in front of the anti-Palin sign: ergo, except for the times a guest would momentarily move out of position, it would be hidden from the audience’s view.

Yin, yang: AM, FM. Today, the two parts made the whole. Unfortunately, most viewers this morning only got one half of the picture.

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