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Push Back on Disinformation! Going Beyond Social Media Skirmishes

Push Back on Disinformation!  Going Beyond Social Media Skirmishes”

Sunday, January 16, 2022 at 5:00pm (PT)

“To save man from the morass of propaganda, in my opinion, is one of the chief aims of education.”

– Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The “Defenders of Democracy Against Disinformation’s” mission is to identify, publicly call out, and reduce financial incentives to those sources – media, public officials, or others – who participate in disseminating lies and disinformation to the detriment of our national well-being.

DDAD has identified Fox News opinion programs as the biggest source of disinformation. These programs draw the largest audiences on Fox and are condoned by the highest levels of its parent corporation. Fox Corp lawyers defended Tucker Carlson in a slander case in U.S. District Court by claiming that no reasonable person would believe that he conveys “actual facts.”

This defense worked. The U.S. District Court sided with Fox News despite that Tucker Carlson’s viewers actually do believe he is telling them “actual facts.” Therefore, the court inferred, by its ruling, that if you believe Tucker Carlson then you are not a “reasonable person.” Do his viewers realize they have been determined, by a court of law, not to be reasonable?

Listen to the cofounders of the “Defenders of Democracy Against Disinformation” (stopdisinformation.org) and learn more about this dangerous challenge to truth and how you counter disinformation.

“Education must enable one to sift and weigh evidence, to discern the true from the false, the real from the unreal, and the facts from the fiction.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Interview Guests:

Julie Greenberg (pictured) is President and cofounder of DDAD. She is a former secondary math teacher who retired as a director of evaluations of teacher preparation programs at the National Council on Teacher Quality. Since fall 2016, Julie has dedicated virtually all her time to volunteer activities, especially in-person and digital ad voter outreach in initiatives organized through 31st St. Swing Left. In fall 2021, Julie co-founded Defenders of Democracy Against Disinformation, a clearinghouse of actions individuals can take to counter disinformation media outlets, particularly Fox News.

Nadine Semer, MD, MPH, FACS, is a reconstructive plastic surgeon who spent 15 years in practice while also taking time to volunteer her services in rural areas around the world. In 2014, she decided to shift her career to Palliative Medicine. She currently resides in Carmel, CA and is the Director of Palliative Medicine at a district hospital in Salinas, California. After witnessing the devastating human effects of disinformation on her community in the past two years, Dr. Semer was moved to act in a more coordinated fashion, and is a co-founder of “Defenders of Democracy Against Disinformation.”

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