this woman is plain marketing (i'm happy about what she has to say, but she should try to be subtler with showing her intents)
I feel you, anon.
Yesterday, we had a Chartist In Residence day with Cecilia Muñoz, Director of President Obama’s Domestic Policy Council. I enjoyed having her on and think she spoke well on issues that are important to her, personally and professionally. In practice, that ended up looking a bit light on data and rather heavy on message.
One of the things I love about doing CIR days is that we let the guest steer the ship. We give them the password, they log in and go. The freedom leads to some really lively and compelling days, tailored to how the person wants to use the blog. Sometimes we get a Star Wars Graphvella, sometimes a museum of silliness; one of my favorite days was when White House Economist, Betsey Stevenson stopped by on Woman’s Equality Day to talk about a bunch of really enlightening data on gender and the economy. We let people do their thing and it’s generally pretty awesome.
Anyway, of course there’s going to be a specific agenda when somebody who works with the White House is communicating publicly. We all know that going in. The fun part is that they have a great deal of information to work with, and I’m more than happy to let anybody with a reasonable agenda come and talk charts with all of us, when they bring real data to the table. Cecilia brought some data worth engaging with — I’m happy she did and was happy to see people engage. I wish we had time to get more of that data out there, go deeper and move the conversation off messaging a bit, so in the future I’ll make sure that happens. It’s really that simple! I’ll actually burn some calories making sure everyone is prepared and excited to have a substantive conversation. Promise.
Finally, to address a recurrent pet peeve, it’s so lazy and boring to yell “partisan!” every time data tied to issues relating to politics is brought up. If you know where the information is coming from, you know how to frame and and how to engage with it. Just look at the data. Know the source. Form and opinion. Learn something. Stop being boring. And as for my personal politics, everybody who knows me well knows the only thing I believe in is the inevitability of bloody revolution.