Monitoring News Bias

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You want to know the “truth”, right?  As such, surely you spread your reading across news sources of varying political perspectives, right?  One can only hope your quest for truth is, indeed a quest and not self-administered salve to soothe intra-psychic fears about your future and the future well-being of those you hold dear.  “Truth” is larger than that.

Should you venture into the wild, attempting to get differing perspectives on current events, how can you know if what you are reading is valid?  If understanding the political leaning of any given site is important to you, check out Media Bias / Fact Check.


More from Jen Hofmann

We have not referenced Jennifer Hofmann’s activist site for a while.  She is still at it, going strong with her action lists posted weekly.  If you want to do something to shape the country and the world toward your definition of Good, check out her list and blog.

For example, here is just one of the postings from Jen’s April 30th list:

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I believe in a government led by qualified, trustworthy representatives.

Action: Advocate for a special commission to investigate 45-Russia ties.
Newly-confirmed Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein can approve a special prosecutor or commission, but has previously hedged on this action. Speak up.
Call: Dept. of Justice comment line 202-353-1555
Postcard: USDoJ, 950 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20530-0001
Script: I am among the 58% of Americans who want an independent commission to investigate Trump-Russia ties. Trust in the four current investigations is compromised, and the Attorney General’s credibility is tarnished. Only an independent commission or special prosecutor will restore confidence.

[Note: “45” refers to the 45th President of the United States]

Jen posts other such actions on her site as well.  There are links to express gratitude (for elected officials who have been doing a “good job”, for instance).  There are also suggestions for actions to maintain good psychological and physical health in these uncertain times.

Most of all, Jen’s lists—by their very existence—are encouragements to stand up and be counted.  Her lists stand as weekly reminders that we all are members of the group “We, the People” and that we all—that is ALL: red or blue, Republican, Democrat, liberal, conservative, Libertarian, Anarchist, other—we all should express ourselves as the natural exercise of free people in promotion of a free society.

Make a call. Write a letter. Offer encouragement to another. Read a good book—and tell someone about it.  Do whatever you think other people should be doing or what you would want them to do relative to you. Celebrate your freedom!





Language and Resistance

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Most of us are unaware of the many layered aspects of language.  The relative absence of such awareness can often cost us in ways of which we will never be aware.  When attempting to influence opinion using words (or sometimes behaviors) in the public sphere, a heightened awareness of our use of language can significantly increase the success of our efforts.  In a Feb 07, 2017 Travis Smiley interview, George Lakoff, a distinguished linguist, shared some ideas for effectively reaching the broadest spectrum of individuals.  You can also read Lakoff’s comments from July 2016 regarding the current president during the campaign.


Jen Hofmann’s Weekly Action List

February 6th, 2017


A featured issue on Jen Hoffman’s Weekly Action List is opposition to the Department of Education nominee Betsy deVos (Need to act immediately – Monday, Feb 6th in order to influence one more Republican vote to block the nominee).

Take a look at the list for actions you might want to take.  The page presents many diverse issue with assistance for making your voice heard. (Phone contact information and written scripts for your use are included).

Be sure to scroll to the bottom of the page for a collection of resources you might find helpful (including good news about situations We, the People have manage to influence).

Stuff to do This Week – Jan 29th

jennifer-hofmann-image-1If you would like something specific to do this week, take a look at Jen Hofmann’s Action list for the week–January 29th-Feb 4th.  The are specific things you can do, email and phone call scripts (in case you do not know what to say) and some news.  You might also want to subscribe to her weekly list directly.

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