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Read George Lakoff’s “A Modest Proposal: #ProtectTheTruth” and Act On It

This OTYCD entry originally posted in January 2018.

Read George Lakoff’s piece, A Modest Proposal: #ProtectTheTruth, and act on it on Wednesday, January 17, 2018, and any other time Trump attacks good journalism.

Lakoff is Director of the Center for the Neural Mind & Society at UC Berkeley and is the author of Don’t Think of an Elephant! Know Your Values and Frame the Debate, which you should read if you haven’t already.

He is convinced that Trump will attack the free press again on Wednesday, January 17, 2018. He doesn’t say why he believes Trump will lash out on that specific date, but the prediction seems to be a safe bet given how often Trump has attacked the free press to date.

Lakoff’s January 13, 2018 Medium piece equips you with tools to fight Trump and defend good journalism–the bedrock of a healthy democracy.

The link to Lakoff’s piece is below, but here are the key passages:

“Yet there’s a way to beat the troll strategy: ‘the key is to direct a ‘stream’ of pro-active, accurate messaging at the targeted audience.’

In other words, reframe to undermine the opposition’s frame, and repeat. #ProtectTheTruth

So when the president attacks the press on Wednesday, don’t take the bait. Instead, focus on truth and its moral context. Truth is under attack. Let’s protect it, and express our appreciation for those brave journalists whose job is to spotlight it.

Some ground rules:

  • Don’t use any of his terms, images, or hashtags.
  • Ignore his antics — if you retweet it you can’t defeat it, and when you embed it you spread it. Deny him the virality he craves. Ignore his antics.
  • Shift the frame to focus on powerful, truthful reporting.”


Read A Modest Proposal: #ProtectTheTruth.


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