One of the ways opponents of President Donald J. Trump are winning the information war is by flooding social media with false information meant to dispirit people, confuse people, and discredit people. Propaganda is a highly specialized art form and the left are experts at disinformation. They also have the means to distribute disinformation to groups of 10’s and groups of millions. At some point, everyone will get caught up in one of their traps. Our mission as truth seekers is not to get caught up in too many and to keep real information flowing to the right places.
There was a rumor circulating the last few days that Trump’s latest filing at the SCOTUS had been accepted and assigned a date that would happen “before the 6th”. Many people were re-tweeting the information with the headline; Breaking! And the news was excitedly picked up and moved around.
“Before the 6th” should have been your signal to dive deeper and inspect that post for the truth.
The was a mistake or a lie. Some well-meaning people got caught up and retweeted it. We all need to “level up” and learn how to identify news items better, so we can beat this disinformation war against our Republic.
Citizen Journalism is a powerful weapon to do that, and that is why the left wants to discredit the concept so much. Getting people to repost misinformation is one of their tactics. Let’s not let them win lie that- let’s learn to do better- me included.
Look for posts that give you links to actual documents like this one and dive into the link because we don’t know that it isn’t a fake link. Step two: follow the link and look around for a few mins, then verify that the information you found is accurate:
COMPARE AND CONTRAST
If you see something online and you think it is interesting, go to “first-hand sources” and research. Go directly to the source. Do not repost anything without looking at the first-hand source. A good place to start is with press releases from the official sources.
So-let’s do that. This is the latest press release from the campaign of Donald J. Trump. You can sign up for alerts there. Start making a mental “map” of the press releases you have read.
Here is the Trump case that was filed, lets jump in and look for something to grab on to:
“Donald J. Trump for President, Inc., President Trump’s campaign committee, today filed a petition for writ of certiorari to the US. Supreme Court to reverse a trio of Pennsylvania Supreme Court cases which illegally changed Pennsylvania’s mail balloting law immediately before and after the 2020 presidential election in violation of Article II of the United States Constitution and Bush v. Gore. This represents the Campaign’s first independent U.S. Supreme Court filing and seeks relief based on the same Constitutional arguments successfully raised in Bush v. Gore.
“This petition follows a related Pennsylvania case where Justice Alito and two other justices observed ‘the constitutionality of the [Pennsylvania] Supreme Court’s decision [extending the statutory deadline for receipt of mail ballots from 8 pm on election day to 5 pm three days later] … has national importance, and there is a strong likelihood that the State Supreme Court decision violates the Federal Constitution.’
“The Campaign’s petition seeks to reverse three decisions which eviscerated the Pennsylvania Legislature’s protections against mail ballot fraud, including (a) prohibiting election officials checking whether signatures on mail ballots are genuine during canvassing on Election Day, (b) eliminating the right of campaigns to challenge mail ballots during canvassing for forged signatures and other irregularities, (c) holding that the rights of campaigns to observe the canvassing of mail ballots only meant that they only were allowed to be ‘in the room’ – in this case, the Philadelphia Convention Center – the size of several football fields, and (d) eliminating the statutory requirements that voters properly sign, address, and date mail ballots.
“The petition seeks all appropriate remedies, including vacating the appointment of electors committed to Joseph Biden and allowing the Pennsylvania General Assembly to select their replacements. The Campaign also moved for expedited consideration, asking the Supreme Court to order responses by December 23 and a reply by December 24 to allow the U.S. Supreme Court to rule before Congress meets on January 6 to consider the votes of the electoral college.”
– Rudy Giuliani, attorney for President Trump
Ok. They are working on their general strategy of allowing state legislators to vacate electors based on unverified ballots. Noted.
Then go to the US Supreme Court Website and enter the search information from Trump’s links and be prepared to accept the truth of what we find.
It has not been accepted or assigned.
This one was easy and took about three minutes to verify. As much as we want to defend President Trump and the country, we have to be careful about listening to and promoting rumors and gossip.
But the good news is that if you were excited to inform people of the developments, that means you might well be a great citizen journalist. I encourage people to get involved with the news cycle, to use every method you have to promote a real news story, journalism, podcasting, and public speaking, and to keep at it. We all fall for the disinformation at some point. Do not let it set you back when it happens to you; just do better next time.
If that was you and you fell for it: Get back in there, Citizen Journos. The fight for our minds and the soul of our country is only just beginning. We really do need “all hands on deck.”