“A lie can travel halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to put its shoes on.” That statement is generally attributed to Mark Twain, but no one is 100% sure. It’s amazing how accurate it is, especially when you consider that no matter who said it, it was uttered waaaay before anyone could cut and paste a piece of political news onto a Facebook page.
My previous post addressed the need to search for political truth (or some semblance of it) by seeking alternative news sources.
Here’s another tip: Beat them to the source. There are terrific sites out there that check out what our politicians say for accuracy. It’s good business. As we all know, they have a lot of things to report back on. And when they discover someone has twisted the truth or outright lied, the media will pick it up as a story. Just not all the media, only the media that thinks that particular finding supports their agenda. Campaigns and Super PACs are even worse.
Why are we letting these media outlets filter out which lies and innuendos are important to our decision making? In this case, our media of choice might be giving us the facts, just not ALL the facts. Being half right is dangerous and can be worse than being all wrong.
Here’s where social media can help you become a more informed voter. If you are on Facebook, you can “like” Factcheck.org, Politifact.com, and the Factchecker blog at the Washington Post. This way you’ll see every thing they rule on, not just the stuff your media of choice wants you to hear.
This may be less stressful on your nerves than channel surfing behind enemy lines, but in the end probably an even better idea.
Although they don’t have a Facebook page that feeds stories like the links below, http://www.snopes.com is also a great site to check the validity of things.
A well informed electorate is essential, but just because you know all the talking points of one side does not make anyone “well informed”. You may very well do all these things and still support your original candidate. In fact, you probably will, but you’ll also be less likely to add to the echo chamber that is ruining the current political discourse.