Calling All Conservatives Dedicated to the Truth

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Calling all conservative signers in America!

The media often stereotype conservatives as lacking integrity, and being unconcerned about facts. They’re wrong, though—conservatives have a great deal of integrity, and now it’s time for us to prove it together.

How, you ask? By getting more conservatives to take the Pro-Truth Pledge.

You can help by joining a project dedicated to getting all truth-oriented conservatives to take the pledge. Fill out the form for this project at this link.

You don’t have to wait for the project to get started, though! Reach out to your friends to tell them about the Pledge and how you feel about it. If you know someone who would tell all their other friends about the Pro-Truth Pledge, you can do a lot of good by letting them know.

When you took the Pledge, you showed that you have the courage and integrity to stand up for the truth. You joined a supportive community which shares that courage and integrity. There’s a lot more honest, hard-working folks out there who are looking for a community like this one. Let’s bring them on board!

Their Lips Are Moving But They’re Not Lying!

Caption: Photo of surprised boy. (Credit: Ben White on Unsplash)

Celebrating politicians who are bucking the post-truth trend and winning.

This year, many of us watched with pride as Beto O’Rourke, a Pro-Truth Pledge taker, nearly upset Ted Cruz in a race previously considered safe for Cruz. However, the Pro-Truth movement is much bigger than this one notable race. By our count, there are 78 Pledge takers who won elections in 2018!

Let’s take a moment to celebrate all of the successful politicians who are willing to go on record as supporting the Pro-Truth Pledge and commit themselves to the accountability that entails.

Click on this link to view a spreadsheet (sorted by state) listing these political winners.

Has the Pro-Truth Pledge helped these candidates, or is it just that great candidates are the kind of people who don’t hesitate to embrace the truth? We’d all like to think that the Pro-Truth Pledge helps, but having taken the pledge ourselves, we’ve got to be careful about making unfounded claims, so let’s think about this together…

During the O’Rourke/Cruz race, several newspapers took the time to publish editorials mocking O’Rourke for taking the Pro-Truth Pledge. That alone demonstrates that people involved in the media and politics are beginning to notice the Pro-Truth Pledge and it creates added publicity for candidates.

There’s a marketing adage that all publicity is good publicity… However, is honoring truth actually a popular position with typical constituents? The mocking editorials indicate that several right-leaning Texas newspaper editors thought otherwise. Backing their opinion, an NBC news survey found that within the significant (22%) group of Republicans who think the President regularly lies, 56% still approve of him.

So within the GOP, acknowledged lying is not a barrier to political success. Among Democrats, it is clear that of the 94% who believe the president lies, none approve of him. However, there is no clear evidence that lying is the primary cause of the low approval in that group.

Bottom line: Truth isn’t a clear winner on the right, and we can’t legitimately claim to know it is important for the left. This may seem disappointing, but there is no need for our organization to exist if there is no need to change attitudes. This is our motivation.

The important takeaway from polls like this is that they underscore the need to reach out to our friends, particularly those on the right. Make connections, find common ground, and celebrate truth in the places where it matters most.

Pro-Truth Pledge Volunteer of the Month – February 2019



Noah Heck - Volunteer of the Month February 2019

The Pro-Truth Pledge is a grassroots project made possible by the efforts of volunteers around the world.

Some of the volunteers focus their efforts on external activities, such as gathering signatures, giving presentations, running local PTP chapters, and otherwise promoting the Pro-Truth Pledge. Other volunteers work behind the scenes assisting with website maintenance, research, data entry, content creation, and a variety of other tasks.

This month we are pleased to acknowledge Noah Heck for his contribution to the success of the Pro-Truth Pledge project. 

Noah Heck, Website Volunteer in Twin Falls, Idaho

I believe the only way to effect lasting change is by addressing the world as it truly is, without bias or prejudice. The Pro-Truth Pledge’s simple, scientifically backed process for framing conversations around the truth results in dialogue that can lead to real, sustainable, effective problem solving.

I’ve been working on processes to maintain the custom plugins for the PTP website and working to create new ways to allow the project to engage with the public. We’ve made it easier for visitors to search for and find information about Pledge Takers they’re interested in, and our new Media plugin will make it easier to share with others the impact the project is having around the world.

The Pro-Truth Pledge has the capability of influencing every possible aspect of our world: Healthcare, Education, Government, Science, Climate, Social Causes. Without looking through prejudiced eyes at any one impact area, I fully believe the PTP can help drive positive change in all of these areas resulting in us moving forward toward the world we all deserve.

PS: If you are interested in joining the Pro-Truth Pledge volunteer team, fill out this form and we’ll be in touch with you soon.



Pro-Truth Pledge Volunteer of the Month – December 2018

The Pro-Truth Pledge is a grassroots project made possible by the efforts of volunteers around the world.

Some of the volunteers focus their efforts on external activities, such as gathering signatures, giving presentations, running local PTP chapters, and otherwise promoting the Pro-Truth Pledge. Other volunteers work behind the scenes assisting with website maintenance, research, data entry, content creation, and a variety of other tasks.

This month we are pleased to acknowledge Jeff Dubin for his contribution to the success of the Pro-Truth Pledge project. 

Jeff Dubin, PTP Activist in Columbus, Ohio

While I had been concerned for a long time about blatant dishonesty in politics and media, the 2016 election was the straw that broke the camel’s back. There is enormous danger posed by the precedent of a candidate so willing to lie, over and over again, and even contradict himself, being able to reach the highest office. When the idea of the PTP was introduced to me, it made sense immediately.

In August, I traveled to Atlanta to table at DragonCon, an enormous convention for sci-fi, gaming, comic and animation fans, etc. There I was able to get out the message about the Pro-Truth Pledge and to obtain numerous pledge signatures. By securing thousands of individual pledge signatures, we can both press public figures to sign and hopefully influence the signers’ social media behavior. One signer made a point of saying she would be much more careful before sharing politically charged content.

I try to practice what the PTP preaches by acknowledging, whether verbally or online, by honoring, sharing, and encouraging the truth. I look forward to there being increased scrutiny on public figures who refuse to take the Pro-Truth Pledge. I hope that they will be repeatedly interrogated as to why they are not willing to commit to adhere to facts.

PS: If you are interested in joining the Pro-Truth Pledge volunteer team, fill out this form and we’ll be in touch with you soon.

A Sage Decision by SAGE Publishing to Support the Pro-Truth Pledge

Caption: Logo of SAGE Publishing

The Pro-Truth Pledge is glad to announce the first institutional funder supporting this project, SAGE Publishing!

The pledge has already made a notable public impact, with a series of public figures, including high-profile ones such as members of US Congress and state legislatures as well as prominent organizations and globally-known intellectuals taking the plunge. However, to make a truly profound impact beyond the circle of initial supporters requires getting funding to promote the Pro-Truth Pledge to a broad audience, both from individual donors and from institutional donors.

The innovative nature of the Pro-Truth Pledge – an approach informed by combining extensive behavioral science research with crowdsourcing – means that traditional institutional donors who support initiatives to fight misinformation and protect democracy have chosen not to fund it. This decision is unfortunate, as we have research showing the effectiveness of the pledge in changing people’s behaviors to be more truthful.

Fortunately, SAGE Publishing – a global independent publisher committed to social science – was inspired by the pledge’s use of behavioral science to overcome problems of misinformation. SAGE is a non-traditional funder of such efforts, and its commitment to social science research, combined with its flexibility and dedication to choosing the most effective strategies, caused it to extend sponsorship to the pledge.

This investment is part of a broader portfolio, as SAGE has been involved with a number of recent efforts to promote truth-oriented behavior including. This includes publishing new resources that promote critical thinking, such as: Tom Chatfield’s Critical Thinking: Your Guide to Effective Argument, Successful Analysis and Independent Study; supporting MisinfoCon DC, which brought together a group of people to identify policy and regulatory methods of fighting misinformation; and sponsoring Public Editor, a high-scale content analysis tool that involves digital volunteers in multi-layered, simultaneous assessments of news articles.

The Pro-Truth Pledge is glad to have our first institutional funder, and applauds the sage decision by SAGE!

Pro-Truth Pledge Volunteer of the Month – September 2018

Volunteer of the Month - Victor Almeida Ivo

The Pro-Truth Pledge is a grassroots project made possible by the efforts of volunteers around the world.

Some of the volunteers focus their efforts on external activities, such as gathering signatures, giving presentations, running local PTP chapters, and otherwise promoting the Pro-Truth Pledge. Other volunteers work behind the scenes assisting with website maintenance, research, data entry, content creation, and a variety of other tasks.

This month we are pleased to acknowledge Victor Almeida Ivo for his contribution to the success of the Pro-Truth Pledge project. He is a great example of reliability, consistency, flexibility, and teamwork that fuels the Pro-Truth Pledge.

Victor Almeida Ivo, PTP Activist in Ceará, Brazil

I think that by spreading the importance of the truth, people will not be swayed by illogical ideas or ideologies. Once everyone accepts the reality we live in, we can finally debate properly about our concepts and create a better world. Also, the impacts of this new kind of mentality would be very positive. I can especially see this in Brazil since we really miss honesty in politics. We have constant corruption scandals, and with a pledge to press the politicians the situation could be reverted one day.

I am the coordinator of the activities related to PTP in my state, Ceará. My main function is to organize the local volunteers to work in activities related to the pledge. The volunteers are divided into different areas, some of them work by gathering signatures, others by working on social media, and in order to understand the tasks I delegate to them I have to do a little bit of everything myself. Managing volunteers and spreading the ideas of the PTP not only increased my social skills, but also helped me to better understand the pledge. 

I am very excited about the potential of this project. I want the Pro-Truth Pledge to make people reflect on the role of truth in social relations and politics. I want news organizations and people who spread misleading information to be identified, and I want positive recognition for those who fight against lies and misinformation. I believe that this project can truly pressure politicians to be more honest and lead society to a brighter future.

PS: If you are interested in joining the Pro-Truth Pledge volunteer team, fill out this form and we’ll be in touch with you soon.

Pro-Truth Pledge Translated to Polish

Przysięgam dołożyć wszelkich starań, aby:

Głosić prawdę

  • Weryfikować: Weryfikować czy informacje są zgodne z prawdą, przed ich zaakceptowaniem i udostępnianiem.
  • Równoważyć: Dzielić się całością prawdy, nawet jeśli nie wspiera moich poglądów
  • Cytować: Dzielić się źródłami informacji, aby inni mogli zweryfikować podane przeze mnie informacje
  • Wyjaśniać: Rozróżniać fakty od moich osobistych opinii

Szanować prawdę

  • Uznawać: uznawać prawdziwe informacje udostępnianie przez innych, nawet jeśli nie zgadzam się z nimi w innych obszarach.
  • Ponownie oceniać: sprawdzać ponownie moje informacje jeśli są przedmiotem dyskusji, wycofywać je w momencie kiedy nie mogę ich zweryfikować.
  • Bronić: bronić ludzi którzy są przedmiotem ataku za dzielenie się zweryfikowanymi informacjami, nawet jeśli się z nimi nie zgadzam.
  • Dostosowywać: dostosować moje opinie i działania, zgodnie ze zweryfikowanymi informacjami.

Wspierać prawdę

  • Naprawiać: prosić o wycofanie informacji zweryfikowanych negatywnie przez sprawdzone źródła. Nawet jeśli osoby, które o to proszę to moi znajomi.
  • Edukować: prosić otaczających mnie ludzi o zaprzestanie korzystania z nierzetelnych źródeł informacji, nawet jeśli te źródła wspierają moje opinie.
  • Ustępować: Zauważać, że w momencie dyskusji, eksperci w danej dziedzinie mają najpewniej dokładniejsze informacje.
  • Honorować: Honorować tych ludzi, którzy wycofali nieprawdziwe informacje i dostosowali swoje poglądy do prawdy.

Texas Newspapers Criticizing Politicians for Signing the Pro-Truth Pledge

Caption: Liar paradox, two-sentence version (created by article author)

Amarillo Globe-News, a Texas newspaper, recently published an article criticizing the Pro-Truth Pledge. The article was subsequently republished with minor edits in two other Texan newspapers, Denton Record Chronicle and Lubbock Avalanche-Journal. It argues both that the Pro-Truth Pledge is unnecessary because politicians should be expected to be honest whether or not they signed it, and that the Pro-Truth Pledge is ineffective because politicians will always lie when it suits them regardless of whether they signed it.

The article also specifically mentions Texas politicians who have signed the Pledge, including Beto O’Rourke, Greg Sagan, Andrew Morris and Anjelita Cadena.

All three newspapers published the article without a byline, presenting it as their official opinion.

Below are some quotes from the article, organized by the version of the article they are quoted from. Most of them appear in all three versions, unedited, but there are some exceptions.

Amarillo Globe-News version

“El Paso Democrat Beto O’Rourke, a member of the U.S. House of Representatives and media obsession who is running for the U.S. Senate against incumbent Ted Cruz, has signed the PTP. Locally, Greg Sagan of Amarillo, a Democrat running against U.S. Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-Clarendon, has also signed the PTP.”
“The truth is this – people should not make a show of doing something they should be doing anyway. In this case, shouldn’t politicians tell the the truth without having to sign some silly document stating they are pledging to tell the truth?”
“There is part of the PTP which seems encouraging – the part about disseminating misinformation on social media. However, it is difficult to see what anyone or anything can do about restoring honesty and integrity to social media, much less the Internet.”
“However, it just seems a tad absurd for elected officials – and those who want to be elected officials – to sign a document stating they will be truthful. Shouldn’t this be assumed?”
“The truth is this – politicians are human beings. And human beings, with very few and rare exceptions, do what benefits them, especially if wealth, power and authority are involved. And if that means telling a lie, so be it.”

Denton Record Chronicle version

“[Note: Among those in North Texas who have signed the pledge are Texas House of Representatives District 64 candidate Andrew Morris and Anjelita Cadena, chair-elect of the Denton County Democratic Party.]”
“El Paso Democrat Beto O’Rourke, a member of the U.S. House of Representatives and media obsession who is running for the U.S. Senate against incumbent Ted Cruz, has signed the PTP.”
“The truth is this — people should not make a show of doing something they should be doing anyway. In this case, shouldn’t politicians tell the truth without having to sign some silly document stating they are pledging to tell the truth?”
“However, it just seems a tad absurd for elected officials — and those who want to be elected officials — to sign a document stating they will be truthful. Shouldn’t this be assumed?”
“The truth is this — politicians are human beings. And human beings, with very few and rare exceptions, do what benefits them, especially if wealth, power and authority are involved. And if that means telling a lie, so be it.”
“There is part of the PTP that seems encouraging — the part about disseminating misinformation on social media. However, it is difficult to see what anyone or anything can do about restoring honesty and integrity to social media, much less the internet.”

Lubbock Avalanche-Journal version

“El Paso Democrat Beto O’Rourke, a member of the U.S. House of Representatives and media obsession who is running for the U.S. Senate against incumbent Ted Cruz, has signed the PTP.”
“The truth is this – people should not make a show of doing something they should be doing anyway. In this case, shouldn’t politicians tell the the truth without having to sign some silly document stating they are pledging to tell the truth?”
“However, it just seems a tad absurd for elected officials – and those who want to be elected officials – to sign a document stating they will be truthful. Shouldn’t this be assumed?”
“The truth is this – politicians are human beings. And human beings, with very few and rare exceptions, do what benefits them, especially if wealth, power and authority are involved. And if that means telling a lie, so be it.”
“There is part of the PTP which seems encouraging – the part about disseminating misinformation on social media. However, it is difficult to see what anyone or anything can do about restoring honesty and integrity to social media, much less the Internet.”

Pro-Truth Pledge Volunteer of the Month – August 2018

The Pro-Truth Pledge is a grassroots project made possible by the efforts of volunteers around the world.

Some of the volunteers focus their efforts on external activities, such as gathering signatures, giving presentations, running local PTP chapters, and otherwise promoting the Pro-Truth Pledge. Other volunteers work behind the scenes assisting with website maintenance, research, data entry, content creation, and a variety of other tasks.

This month we are pleased to acknowledge Duff Dyer for his contribution to the success of the Pro-Truth Pledge project. He is a great example of reliability, consistency, flexibility, and teamwork that fuels the Pro-Truth Pledge.

Duff Dyer, PTP Activist (Columbus, Ohio)

I am passionate about the Pro-Truth Pledge because I don’t see how we can honestly change the world without a common understanding of reality.

I collect signatures for the PTP by attending public events, giving presentations to local groups and organizations, organizing social events, and talking about the PTP in my daily life.  

I have a long-term view of the impact of the Pro-Truth Pledge.  It may not make a difference tomorrow, but I can’t believe if we each do a little bit to expand the PTP’s influence, that it won’t have a major influence in the future.  “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.”  It’s important to work now for the future.

PS: If you are interested in joining the Pro-Truth Pledge volunteer team, fill out this form and we’ll be in touch with you soon.

Did Any Particularly Influential People Take the Pro-Truth Pledge?

Caption: Meme saying “So you mean to tell me influential people signed the pledge?” (Created by blog author)

Did any particularly influential people sign the Pro-Truth Pledge? You bet!

Just go to the webpage for “Public Figures and Organizations” who signed the pledge, and click on the “particularly influential” checkbox. If you want to see only particularly influential officials, you can select “Elected/Appointed Officials and Candidates” in the drop-down menu; if you want other public figures who are particularly influential, select “Public Figures” in the same menu; if you want organizations, well – I’m guessing you know what to do by now.

I know what you’re thinking: what’s our criteria for “particularly influential” public figures and organizations? Included in that category are all elected or appointed officials at the state (regional) level or above, and other public figures and organizations with at least 100,000 combined followers on social media profiles and email lists, or other demonstrable ways of easily influencing 100,000 people.

Since the ability to influence easily 100,000 people is not always obvious, we welcome you to let us know if you think any existing public figure or organization should be in that category. Simply use the contact form to provide clear evidence of how that public figure or organization can easily influence 100,000 people – for example, as the head of an organization with over 100,000 followers – and we will either update the information or ask you for further evidence if needed.

Questions and comments welcomed!