Media & Free Speech

In addition to tracking legislation related to the media and First Amendment rights, our Media Working Group also uses a multi-pronged approach to combat propaganda, misinformation, and “fake news.” Although the group occasionally produces C2As, such as those below, volunteer members focus on other efforts based on the cognitive linguist George Lakoff, including social media campaigns and raising awareness of propaganda efforts in Maine and beyond. Members volunteer about a 1-2 hours a week—a little more if they are writing a call to action—and conduct their business via a closed Facebook page. Our C2As are distributed to 15,000-20,000 Mainers each week via our email list, our member forum and our partnerships with other regional and state groups. You can read some of the group’s most recent C2As below.

If you are interested in stopping fake news and propaganda and protecting the First Amendment and have an hour or two to spare over an entire week, please email us at suitupmaine@gmail.com about joining our Media Working Group!

SUPPORT FREEDOM OF THE PRESS: Build Your Press Room

More than 300 newspapers across the country—large and small, right- and left-leaning—published editorials in a single day in support of a free press. Why? Because the president has targeted the news media in a way no leader of a free nation ever has or ever should. 
QUICK ACTION: Support the work of reputable journalists by subscribing to local and national outlets and building your own diversified press room.

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WHOSE NEWS? Take Back Control of Your Facebook News Feed

Facebook recently changed the way users see posts in their News Feed, choosing the content THEY think you should see first. As a result, you may be missing important posts, updates, events, and calls to action.
QUICK ACTION: Take back control of your news feed in a few easy steps. 

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SINCLAIR PROPAGANDA: Fight Back Against Far-Right Control of Local TV

Ultra-conservative Sinclair Broadcasting Group forces its affiliates to air “must run” segments that attack the press and promote pro-Trump propaganda, and is about to expand its reach to 7 out of 10 American homes. 
QUICK ACTION: Tell Maine’s Sinclair-owned stations, WGME CBS 13 and WPFO FOX 23 (207-797-1313), that you refuse to watch propaganda, and ask your Rep to support HR 3478, limiting the number of stations Sinclair could own. 

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Read more of our past calls to action on our public Facebook page.