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Seizing The Moment

Assuming the Great Pretender vacates the premises and we can turn to building up rather than tearing down, where do we begin? And, then, how do we continue? My beat is communications, and today I want to make a few modest proposals for this sector. These proposals not only reverse four years of damage inflicted by the current administration but also help guide our nation to realize the small “d” democratic potential of our media and communications ecosystem.


Republicans Say Count Every Vote

Republican leaders across the country call for accurate ballot count.


Social media platforms must stop the spread of disinformation as ballot count continues.

Media & Democracy 10.28.2020

Overlooked Election Disinformation on Google is a Danger to our Democracy

Google is one of the few companies Americans find trustworthy to provide them with accurate information, yet Google’s efforts to stop the spread of election disinformation fall short due to significant gaps in its policies.

Why Ethics Are Essential

We’re letting candidates know that if they want to represent us in the halls of Congress or in overseeing our state democracy, they can start by pledging to ethical leadership now, as they campaign for our votes.

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