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 firstname.lastname@example.org about joining our Media Working Group!
Hoaxes, fabricated stories, and misinformation spread like wildfire on social media sites.
QUICK ACTION: Learn how to identify false stories, report hoaxes, correct inaccuracies and #ProtectTheTruth with eight powerful tips.
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.
Facebook failed to protect its users’ personal information from exploitation by third parties interested in manipulating voters.
QUICK ACTION: Follow these steps to secure your devices and online accounts, and protect your private data from prying eyes and bad actors.
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.
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.
Social media is a terrific tool for sharing our views and concerns, but we sometimes only reach like-minded people. Learn to transform those concerns into a letter to the editor so that you can reach a more diverse audience in your community. We’ll help you!read more
Want to know how to effectively fight Trump’s messaging on social media? Here are our Top 5 do’s and don’ts, including when it is appropriate to use the term “numb as a hake.”read more