Facts as a Baseline 

Wednesday, December 14th, 2016

If you’d told me back in 2009 that I’d one day link to Teen Vogue, I wouldn’t have believed you. Then again, if you’d told me that Donald Trump would be elected president, I’d have asked “Of what?”. Teen Vogue claims to be “the destination for the next generation of influencers”, and they see to “educate, enlighten, and empower young women”. That sounds pretty good, and this piece by Lauren Duca is stellar. She provides a succinct definition of the term gaslighting, as well as intelligent and actionable steps for the future.

Insist on fact-checking every Trump statement you read, every headline you share or even relay to a friend over coffee. If you find factual inaccuracies in an article, send an email to the editor, and explain how things should have been clearer. Inform yourself what outlets are trustworthy and which aren’t.…Refuse to accept information simply because it is fed to you, and don’t be afraid to ask questions. That is now the base level of what is required of all Americans. If facts become a point of debate, the very definition of freedom will be called into question.

A shared set of facts is essential to any reasonable discourse and compromise. Let’s begin with that.

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