The concept of ‘fact checking’ became a very popular tool of the left during Obama’s first run for the presidency – the only problem was that the more these fact checkers were checking the more often it was obvious that their so-called truth-be-told motif was jaded towards the left-side of the political spectrum. Who is checking the fact-checkers? Sounds funny, but we must dare to ask. Especially in this time and era of “Fake News” charges by the left-stream Cable TV Media and social networks like Facebook.
Facebook recently committed to filtering-out ‘fake news’ from its news feed, they plan to use outside sources; ABC News (which is a leftwing bias news channel) and Snopes which is also a left-wing fact checking small business. One member in our think tank stated back in 2016 that we need a better system to check information in the press; “How about an investigative agency funded by donations (or other means), with the sole job to investigate corruption on the political platform?”
Yes, I concur. I am a little concerned with others who’ve tried this before. Namely, the ‘Fact Check Syndrome’ as I call it, where the process is quickly hijacked by political operatives, on either or both sides which cover up realities or enjoy spinning it all around. Then the problem becomes ‘who is watching the watchers’ and who is watching the watchers of the watchers, and how are they all intermingling? Darn those humans. Ha ha ha.
Maybe our think tanker has a good idea here, maybe such a group could be formed, a non-political, non-bias checker of facts? You could actually start a crowd-funded operation. There are legal challenges but you could find an underwriter as some of it would be insurable risk, and use other strategies, such as volunteer lawyers, intern law students and those who really care and are ballsy and undeterred. You wouldn’t have many friends in high places, but the ones you did if you were fair to go after it, would be good old gold friends indeed.
Our member ponders and asks another great question; “Why not that be the job of a third party organization that acts on behalf of the people?”
Well, you’d certainly have to ‘check six’ early and often, and not fly straight and level for more than 15 seconds. You’d quickly be on everyone’s enemy list, except the people. If the group could stay politically neutral, this could be a god-send for our society and civilization, and it might just save us from ruin. Think on this.
Lance Winslow has launched a new provocative series of eBooks on Innovation in America. Lance Winslow is a retired Founder of a Nationwide Franchise Chain, and now runs the Online Think Tank; http://www.worldthinktank.net.
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