I tell my team that leadership is like this tree branch. The branch is always strongest where it connects with the trunk but it gets thinner and thinner. When leadership takes a walk on that branch and it gets thinner [and then] snaps, if you’ve brought your people on that journey, they are going to be there to catch you. But if they know nothing about you, why would they be there when it snaps?
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The other way progressives distorted the immigration debate was to confuse the issue on whether immigration is a right or a privilege. Does the United States have a right, like any other country, to have a say in who, how many and what kind of immigrants (low-skilled, high-skilled) to allow into the country?Do non-criminal, hardworking, law-abiding people all over the world have a right to immigrate to this country?In a rational, commonsense world, the respective answers to the above questions are obviously “yes” and “no.” But somehow, during the last eight years the debate shifted so much that the answers seemed to become “no” and “yes.”
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President Trump has frequently used the term 'fake news' to discredit media outlets. A report by a Duke University journalism student found that of the 111 times he used the term (or retweeted it) since his election, 43 were aimed at coverage of Russia's alleged meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign.
Writing for the School Library Journal, two libriarians argue that the focus on fake news is misguided, distracting and “doesn’t even qualify for Band-Aid status on the spectrum of media literacy challenges.” Lack of research skills is the real problem, they say.
The Daily Texan fact-checks the claims about the health benefits of cucumbers as noted in a song by reggae rapper Macka B. If you would like to check his claims about avocados and watercress, go for it.
(1) Help FactCheck.org win its 10th Webby. (2) The Ferret published its first fact check, on Scotland and the queue to join the EU. (3) Friends with a fact-checker? Full Fact has a book list for potential gifts. (4) The Fact-Checking Day guides for debunking urban legends and fact-checking political claims are now available in Portuguese. (5) Lupa launched its educational program.(6) Here's another academic survey you may want to participate in, from Colorado State University on the perception of fake news. (7) Enter your ideas for "TruthBuzz: The Viral Fact-Checking Contest." (8) See the keynote speaker signed on for Global Fact 4. (9) Snopes is now embeddable. (10) The University of Michigan is holding a free “Fake News, Facts and Alternative Facts Teach-Out” starting April 21. (11) This site gives you fake news and malware. Yay.
Do those post-debate discussions on cable news programs make any difference? Can fact-checking persuade people to change their minds about candidates? Here's some fact-checking, journalism and political research to watch for this year.
- On Thursday, Google announced it would be highlighting fact checks in search results. (Sloppy coverage ensued.)
- The next day, Facebook launched a public service announcement in 14 countries asking readers to be wary of what it now calls "false news." (Full Fact is providing the tips on U.K. News Feeds).