Warren Gee

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Would having a "Fact Check Accurate" seal on a political ad help you in deciding what to vote for?

As part of my English thesis, this is question 2 relating to the ability to sort out if political ads are truthful in their disclosure to the public.

Closing Statement from Warren Gee

With the limited number of responses, an analysis of the questions are as follows:
· The voters were generally not trusting the idea that a seal of approval would help them believe that a political ad was truthful.
· The voters were more inclined to support a measure that would require that political ads must be fact checked prior to being used publicly
· The voters were evenly divided that if they were an elected official, that they would support the practice of submitting a political ad prior to putting the ad out to the public.
· Of the elected officials that responded, one was trusting the idea that a seal of approval would help them believe that a political ad was truthful, whereas one would be trusting as long as the fact checking organization was reputable.
· Of the elected officials that responded, one was inclined to support a measure that would require that political ads to be fact checked prior to being used publicly where one would be willing to examine the language of such measure.
· Of the elected officials that responded, both would support the practice of submitting a political ad prior to putting the ad out to the public noting that one would do so if the fact checking organization was reputable.
Answers submitted by eight of the nine non-elected respondents and one elected respondent, were done so with a “Yes” or “No” answer. One elected respondent and one non-elected respondent did not answer either “Yes” or “No” but with comments regarding qualifiers to the original questions. In actuality, I had a hidden agenda to the questions that I posed to both the elected and non-elected respondents. In leaving out the qualifiers, I suspected that the elected officials may not respond or would answer in a way that would avoid a total commitment of a simple “Yes” or “No” answer, and likewise I suspected that the common voter would simply see the question for what it was and just put “Yes” or “No”. I was not disappointed with the answers.

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    Apr 30 2013: I would gladly volunteer to be a part time editor of fact one of several assigned to a list of facts from assorted sites, the organization would send ou ta list to say a half dozen volunteers the list might be 100 facts and the deadline could be 7 to 10 days, citations t o sources such as encyclopedia or other reference books, or newspaper print media, at least 3 sources per fact I am fortunate that I have enough time to contribute to such a project, but there would be many others I am sure. The facts sent to fact checkers could be from many different topics or sites.
  • Apr 20 2013: Nice try, but as Goebbels pointed out , the most successful Propaganda is that which uses (selected) "Facts".
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      Apr 22 2013: Yes, but let's not forget that he also several other interesting things as well: "If you repeat a lie often enough, it becomes the truth. ", “The bigger the lie, the more people will believe it.”, “The most brilliant propagandist technique will yield no success unless one fundamental principle is borne in mind constantly - it must confine itself to a few points and repeat them over and over.” and “That propaganda is good which leads to success, and that is bad which fails to achieve the desired result. It is not propaganda’s task to be intelligent, its task is to lead to success.”

      This is what my focus is on, that political advertising can be so deceptive that after a while the targeted viewers will begin to believe the false statements as being truthful. But for my class assignment, I think what I am trying to ask that if there were an honest fact checking method that would only verify that statements made were in fact truthful or not, would you then be inclined to find the ad truthful if the ad displayed a 'seal of approval' ? Thank you for your reply.
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      Apr 30 2013: If at least the facts were required to be facts that would be a start, in more involved fact checker schemes the interpretation of the facts relevance or at least its source
  • Apr 20 2013: Biased but balanced and accurate information required for marketing a candidate? Got my vote!
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      Apr 20 2013: I am hoping to submit this very question to several state, county and local leaders. I am curious to see what their response would be. More than likely, a bunch of rhetoric. Thank you for your reply.
  • Apr 19 2013: Yes. Better yet, fine candidates, networks, and reporters each time a statement made about any candidate can not be proven.

    Such an income source might help offset the National debt!
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      Apr 20 2013: I like that and I agree that with so much BS being thrown out there, that the national debt would be all dried up in very little time. Thank you for your reply.
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      Apr 30 2013: A fine against any form of speech is a dangerous idea as it would directly threaten free speech. Existing laws about slander and lible are in place and can be applied, perhaps applying the wire fraud laws to things like false statements in ads or (my pet peeve) those ads that masquerade as news or emergency broadcasts.
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    Apr 18 2013: Who guards the guardians?

    I would like to see a fact checking service on the internet, "This site checked by Veritas" and all the statements of fact would be highlighted in green with a link to the reference source and or a note by the fact checker. The same service would then be available to work with political ads. The problem of course is what to do when Fox news buys out Veritas?
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      Apr 18 2013: Perhaps the agency doing the checking needs to be set up as a non-profit with bylaws which would then prevent the organization from being sold. I think with enough transparency it should give the organization credibility. I know that there is www.FactCheck.org, but I have not yet had time to review the entire site. For now, I am looking to invoke a response that I can use as a resource for my English thesis, due in a few weeks. I agree with the methodology you describe. Thanks again for commenting.