Thursday, January 31, 2013

How can we be sure of our Facts?

"The issues that really matter in our society are not black or white; they are mostly gray," according to philanthropist Edward Scott Jr. "Allowing the American public to become lackadaisical and disinvested with the way we think about our country's most pressing issues would be a dangerous mistake."

During the lead up to the 2012 election, Scott put his money behind his convictions to partner with the George Washington University School of Media and Public Affairs (SMPA) to create Face the Facts USA.
 http://www.facethefactsusa.org/
Intended to help the public sift out the truth about the major challenges facing our country, the initiative presented a daily "Fact of the day" email to subscribers. The response was so successful, the "Fact of the day" emails continue, supplemented with hosted discussions; the website also lists events and other participatory actions and records topical fact archives. Former CNN Washington bureau chief Frank Sesno, who now heads SMPA, directs the project.

As pointed out in GW Magazine, "Between all of the sound bites and spin, it can be difficult to sort through the political rhetoric to find the facts behind the most important issues facing the country." Getting to the truth isn't always easy, as Face the Facts USA researchers, fact checkers, and editors can attest. Media reports are never primary sources; input from organizations with an agenda are treated skeptically and always verified from other sources.

Face the Facts USA staff and the many associates in News/Editorial, Commercial/Corporate, and School/University sectors are committed to delivering "facts that crystallize America’s key issues, engage and empower citizens, and drive conversations that yield solutions."

If you'd like the facts about crucial issues today and to join a "civil conversation" or host one for your community, you can learn more at facethefactsusa.org. I'm planning to check facts there often.
 
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