Taking the Pro-Truth Pledge

Taking the Pro-Truth Pledge July 11, 2017

Gleb Tsipursky messaged me about the Pro-Truth Pledge that he and others have launched, an effort to get writers and public intellectuals to pledge to make every effort to ensure that the information they share with their readers or listeners is accurate and supported by the evidence. From the website:


I Pledge My Earnest Efforts To:

Share truth

  • Verifyfact-check information to confirm it is true before accepting and sharing it
  • Balance: share the whole truth, even if some aspects do not support my opinion
  • Cite: share my sources so that others can verify my information
  • Clarify: distinguish between my opinion and the facts

Honor truth

  • Acknowledge: acknowledge when others share true information, even when we disagree otherwise
  • Reevaluate: reevaluate if my information is challenged, retract it if I cannot verify it
  • Defend: defend others when they come under attack for sharing true information, even when we disagree otherwise
  • Align: align my opinions and my actions with true information

Encourage truth

  • Fix: ask people to retract information that reliable sources have disproved even if they are my allies
  • Educate: compassionately inform those around me to stop using unreliable sources even if these sources support my opinion
  • Defer: recognize the opinions of experts as more likely to be accurate when the facts are disputed
  • Celebrate: celebrate those who retract incorrect statements and update their beliefs toward the truth

I will gladly sign my name to that pledge. This fits perfectly with my now years-long crusade against fake news, overly simplified perspectives and dishonest clickbait headlines. This doesn’t mean I won’t make mistakes, as I did so terribly just a couple days ago by totally misreading a Donald Trump tweet. But it does mean that I will make every effort to avoid such mistakes and I will correct the record whenever I do. You, dear reader, play an important roll in that as well in keeping me accountable. If I’ve screwed up, please tell me (the best way is by email — stcynic@gmail.com — or on Facebook, as I don’t often read the comment section).

I signed the Pro-Truth Pledge:
please hold me accountable.

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