Americans are woefully undereducated when it comes to how our own government works. And this makes it really easy to manipulate citizens.
Why We Must Ignore Trump’s Dumpster Fire
Amplifying Trump’s incendiary comments about the validity of the election could erode people’s trust in the election, so we must avoid giving his ideas more oxygen. This is what we should be doing instead.
2 Warning Signs to Watch for on Social Media
Disinformation is intentionally misleading information, and it is rampant on social media. Here are two red flags to look for.
Let’s Do the One Thing Trump Is Incapable Of: FOCUS
How did you feel when you heard that Trump had suggested delaying the election last week? Outraged? Scared? Angry? I certainly saw all of these things in articles, opinion pieces, on social media, and in conversations. And people talked and… Read More ›
How To Ensure the Truth Doesn’t Get Buried in Republican Lies
The Republicans have made one thing very clear over the past few years. They are not even remotely interested in pursuing the truth. They don’t want to talk about the truth, or ask questions in pursuit of the truth. They… Read More ›
Will the Republicans Confuse Their Voters About Voting By Mail?
What exactly will Republicans think about voting by mail when they’re bombarded by conflicting messages? The president keeps tweeting nonsense about voting by mail. Even though he voted by mail from Florida in their primary, he keeps framing voting by… Read More ›
Want To Learn How to Fight Disinformation?
The chances that you’ve read a social media post this week that’s actually disinformation is pretty high. It’s everywhere and we all need to get much, much better at recognizing it and combatting it. I write about disinformation here at… Read More ›
How to Win the Democratic Nomination if There is a Contested Convention
Here we are again. It’s like Groundhog Day but on a four-year cycle. Every time another presidential election rolls around, talk about the potential of a contested convention bubbles up. It appears to be some sort of political pundit parlor… Read More ›
Our Newest Obstacle: “Censorship Through Noise”
There’s a reason why so many people in our country seem a bit off. You’ve run into them: people who are absolutely sure that some story/theory (that you know is flat wrong) is true. This weekend, I read an article… Read More ›
Election 2020: When Suspicious Hashtags Trend
Do you think social media will avoid a lot of the problems we encountered in the lead up to the 2016 election? Yeah, me neither. This truth was evident earlier this week when several hashtags trended in an attempt to… Read More ›
Sunday Reading, Plus a Salve for our Souls
Every week I come across articles that I find interesting and that I think you all here at Political⚡Charge might enjoy as well. Here are this week’s recommendations. A Theory for Why Trump’s Base Won’t Budge Excerpt: “Trump’s biggest fans… Read More ›
How to Ensure the Truth Prevails
The hearings in the House Judiciary Committee made one thing very clear. The Republicans are not even remotely interested in pursuing the truth. They don’t want to talk about the truth, or ask questions in pursuit of the truth. They… Read More ›
Impeachment: We Still Have Work To Do
This is a moment many of us have been pushing for for so long: Trump’s criminal behavior has finally caught up to him. More and more details are coming out about how he tried to extort Ukraine but also what… Read More ›
Impeachment is Here: What Comes Next
Trump had a very bad day yesterday. Just in one afternoon, 1) the Senate Intelligence committee opened a bipartisan inquiry into the Trump/Ukraine incident, 2) the full Senate voted unanimously to call on the Trump administration to turn over… Read More ›
Saturday Morning Cartoons 9/7
I love what editorial cartoonists do. I think they’re amazing. Being able to take a news story and express an opinion about that story with a single, incisive drawing that also elicits an immediate reaction from the viewer? Genius. Here’s… Read More ›
Can Bob Mueller Erase Bill Barr?
Bob Mueller testifies in front of the House Judiciary and Intelligence Committees today, and even if he only says things that are already in the report he produced, he may surprise a lot of people. We know folks on the… Read More ›
Did You Spot Last Week’s Disinformation?
I’m assuming that all of you reading this are fully aware that Americans were blasted with a ton of disinformation during the 2016 election, and that a lot of it originated in Russia. Well, I’m sorry to tell you that… Read More ›
Sunday Reading: 3 Articles of Interest
Sunday is the day that I like to spend more time offline and more time reading. In that vein, each Sunday I post a handful of articles from the previous week that I found interesting. Here are three I want… Read More ›
Saturday Morning Cartoons 4/27
Here are the nation’s great editorial cartoonists responding to this week’s top news stories. Democracy in Danger By Mike Luckovich, Atlanta Journal-Constitution By Ed Hall By Nate Beeler, The Columbus Dispatch By Marc Murphy, Louisville Courier-Journal… Read More ›
Fighting Disinformation: A Key Skill
We all knew this already but the Mueller report confirmed it: America was blasted with disinformation during the 2016 election. Learning how to fight disinformation is critical for all of us as we head into the next presidential election. One… Read More ›