posted on Feb, 13 2012 @ 03:13 PM
And now for something completely different:
(CBS News Source)
President Obama's re-election team on Monday rolled out a campaign to recruit two million supporters to help debunk attacks on the president's
record and hit back at his Republican rivals.
Called the "Truth Team," the new effort will engage Obama supporters online and in person, encouraging them to communicate with undecided voters
about the president's record.
...which I think is an excellent idea.
There has been so much mudslinging and half truths and fabrication AGAINST ALL SIDES in this election that politicians are starting to round up
"Truth Squads." As I understand it, Mitt Romney has one and now Obama's collecting one as well.
Polifact and several other neutral sites do a good job of evaluating these things, but I think that not enough people know about this. A grass roots
movement MAY help, though it can be sullied if the other side is using it to "explain away" things instead of looking at actual words and
The "Truth Team" website highlights the effort's three goals, each of which have their own website: AttackWatch.com will defend the president
against false attacks, KeepingGOPHonest.com will fact check Republicans' claims about their own records, and KeepingHisWord.com will tout the
I'm not overly impressed with the websites, but I think this is because they're new and they don't have a lot of content (nor do I like the web
design, but I'm picky.)
THIS article (clicky here)
brings up some interesting
strategic talking points about sites like this, showing that there's a lot of deep planning in place involving this kind of response. However, it
also warns that they may cause politics to become even more divisive. I don't know if the Facebook group, "Americans Against The Tea Party" will
be participating in these. I suspect they will be.
I haven't compared them yet to Polifact -- they may work to help unite people and to give them a sense of empowerment. But they'll fail if they
publish unverifiable material and material that's just plain mean-spirited.
I expect the others to start similar sites. Should be interesting.