Here are the 129 organizations, 644 government officials, and 989 public figures that have signed the pledge.
FactmataFacebook LinkedIn Website
We signed the pledge because we believe in promoting a fair, unbiased debate online, where balance and quality in online content is rewarded and incentivised, and there are tools and technologies to aid critical thinking. Factmata is committed to helping the public understand the quality and credibility of what they are reading, to build a better quality media ecosystem.
Skeptical ScienceFacebook Twitter Skeptical Science website
Skeptical Science has been actively countering misinformation about climate change since 2007. Our values are matched by the values of the Pro-Truth Pledge - commitment to truth and facts, a skeptical, evidence-based approach to understanding the world, and a resolve to pro-actively educate the public and counter misinformation. But the problems facing climate change—misinformation and science denial—also face all facets of society. A well-functioning democracy requires a well-informed populace in order to function. So Skeptical Science as a community are taking the Pro-Truth Pledge to help draw attention to the importance of truth, facts, and science.
Joseph FarahWikipedia World Net Daily
It is time for the most basic code of ethics to return to the media.
Michael MoatesThe Narrative Times
Leigh AndrewsTwitter LinkedIn Blog
There is always a need for better accountability and ensuring we are not just rushing to publish.
BizcommunityFacebook LinkedIn Website
We believe in putting the truth and fairness first in our reporting.
Scott EdgingtonCassini Grand Finale: Capstone for Saturn Exploration LinkedIn The Planetary Society
Denise TeplerFacebook Maine House of Representatives - Member Bio
I took the pledge because our democracy depends on transparency and truth-telling. I believe in evidence, facts, and science. I believe in ethical and moral behavior.
Listen First ProjectFacebook Twitter Website
Our mission is to mend the frayed fabric of America by bridging divides through conversations that prioritize listening first to understand. This mission requires a shared understanding of and respect for truth. I am honored to support the Pro Truth Pledge as a necessary complement to the Listen First Pledge. #ListenFirst
Pearce GodwinFacebook Twitter Website
My mission is to mend the frayed fabric of America by bridging divides through conversations that prioritize listening first to understand. This mission requires a shared understanding of and respect for truth. I\\\'m honored to support the Pro Truth Pledge as a necessary complement to the Listen First Pledge.
Sherry Dorsey WalkerFacebook Delaware House of Representatives District #3 - Member Bio
Mike AmyxFacebook Ballotpedia - Member- the Kansas House of Representatives -District 45. Kansas Legislature - Member Profile
I am sick and tired of the mud-slinging and half-truths bantered about during campaigns. My entire political career has been predicated upon being open and honest with my constituency. I have no desire to change that now.
C.A. Dutch RuppersbergerFacebook Twitter U.S. House of Representatives - Member Bio
I signed the Pro-Truth Pledge on behalf of BridgeUSA because our organization believes in the importance of constructive engagement between political opposites.
Lindsay SabadosaFacebook Massachusetts Legislature Profile Ballotpedia - Massachusetts State Representative for 1st Hampshire
The truth and facts matter.
Cherie Buckner-WebbIdaho State Legislature Member Bio
Stand Up RepublicFacebook Stand Up Republic
Stand Up Republic recognizes that truth is one of the central pillars of a functional democracy. A free and open society requires public discourse grounded in fact. Disinformation, especially when used to advance partisan political interests, threatens the very foundation of the democratic process. Stand Up Republic is proud to pledge its support for the essential idea of truth, and to encourage others to recognize its importance in both our politics and society.
Parliament of the World's ReligionsParliament of the World's Religions
Dick MuriFacebook Twitter
Telling the truth is always the best policy. As a retired USAF Lt Colonel aviator, honesty is the only policy.
Scott ClemWyoming Legislator - Member Profile
Shane SandridgeColorado House of Representatives - Member Profile
Fake news and misleading information is out of control in our country.
The digital magazine Leapsmag is committed to transparency, accuracy, and objectivity in its journalism.
Mat ErpeldingIdaho Legislature - Member Bio
Progressive ArmyFacebook | Progressive Army Twitter | Progressive Army Progressive Army
At Progressive Army, we strive to only publish truthful stories that can be backed up with evidence and facts. We check all submitted work to make sure that sources are provided where needed and the truth is published. In light of this, we believe that the Pro-Truth Pledge aligns with our current standards. In taking the pledge we are confirming our commitment to providing a platform for people to speak truth to power. We hope by signing, we may encourage others to also pursue the truth.
Debbie BoveeBallotpedia - Former Wyoming Legislator
Honesty is important in all kinds of dealings. As someone running for public office, I want people to know that I have integrity and can trust me.
Claire CelsiIowa Senate - Member Profile Twitter Ballotpedia - Member of the Iowa Senate- District 21
I signed the pledge because facts matter.
Julie Palakovich CarrBallotpedia - Member - Maryland House of Delegates - District 17 Twitter Maryland Legislature - Member Profile
As a scientist, I am well versed in the importance of evaluating a source of information and the need to cite your sources. These best practices do not just belong in academia--we all need to be practicing them in our professions and daily lives.
Ariana KellyMaryland House of Delegates District 16 - Member Bio
Marc KormanMD Delegate - District 16
Amy PerrusoFacebook Ballotpedia - Member - Hawaii State Representative for District 46 Hawaii Legislature - Member Profile
Joshua BoscheeFacebook Twitter
I signed the pledge because we need more honesty and civility in campaigns, policy making and governing.
Seth BerryFacebook Twitter Maine House Representative - District #55 - Member Bio
Truth matters. Voters deserve actual facts -- not attacks, allegations and innuendo. I challenge all who are running for office to join me and to sign this pledge also. We are running to make the world a better place for our kids, and it starts here with us.
Jim HandyFacebook Maine Legislature Member Profile
Honesty and integrity are essential to good government.
Janice CooperMaine Legislature Member Profile
I always am truthful and this provides a public declaration of my belief in the value of honesty.
Rob SandState Auditor of Iowa Twitter Ballotpedia
Like any case I pursued as a prosecutor, I base my actions as a candidate upon what the facts and evidence show. While we can have disagreements about what policies may be best, we must all first base our opinions upon the same facts.
Thomas A. StewartEncyclopedia.com profile Intellectual Capital: The new wealth of organization The Wealth of Knowledge
Zach WahlsIowa Legislature - Member Profile Twitter Ballotpedia - Member- Iowa State Senate Dist. 37
I take evidence-based policy seriously — and the same goes for my politics!
Kathy HoganNorth Dakota Legislature Member Profile
Brian WarrenBallotpedia - Judge of the 209th District Court of Harris County, Tx Harris County Criminal Court Judge
Amy MartinFacebook Ballotpedia - Judge - Harris County District Court 263 Harris County Criminal Court Judge
Integrity should come first in our political process.
Madeleine DeanBallotpedia - Member - Pennsylvania 4th Congressional District in the U.S. House US Congress - Member Profile
I am signing the pro-truth pledge because we need to return a sense of transparency and truthfulness to Washington, D.C. and all levels of public service. We must stand up to all attempts to misguide others, and work to consistently be transparent in our own actions as public servants.
Mike RomanoWest Virginia Legislature Directory
I believe in the truth. Facts must be the basis of all critical decisions in a democracy. Without recognition of the facts, you have ignorance which breeds fear, and fear fosters hatred.
Michael AngelucciFacebook Ballotpedia - Member - West Virginia House of Delegates West Virginia House of Delegates - Member Profile
Joe WebsterPennsylvania Legislature - Member Profile Ballotpedia - Member - PA House of Representatives -District 150
I took this pledge because character and integrity matter personally and in public discourse. Democracy depends on knowledgeable citizens, and accountability.
Eric NelsonPA House of Representatives - Member bio
Katie MuthBallotpedia - Member-elect for the Pennsylvania State Senate to represent District 44 Pennsylvania State Senate - Member Profile
Candace CrouseOhio First District Court of Appeals - Member Profile Ballotpedia - Judge for the Ohio First District Court of Appeals
stephen fischmannBallotpedia - New Mexico Public Regulation Commissioner - District 5-elect LinkedIn
We cannot make good public policy unless we are all working with truthful information.
Day HochmanBallotpedia - Member - New Mexico House District 15 New Mexico Legislature - Member Profile
I believe that facts matter, and the very fabric of our society depends on access to information that is properly vetted and verified as true.
Marcia L. FudgeMy U.S. Congressional Website Twitter Wikipedia
I signed the Pro-Truth Pledge because there is no integrity in government without truth, and decisions should be guided by accurate data and facts.
Tina MaharathOhio Legislature - Senator District 3 LinkedIn After Official Ballot Count, Central Ohio Democrat Scores Upset In State Senate
I’m here to be the spoken voice for the unspoken
Beto O’RourkeWebsite Facebook Watch me sign the pledge
I pledge to share, honor and encourage truth!
Eldon TaylorFacebook LinkedIn Eldon Taylor
Nothing is more important in our divided society today than truth.
Columbus Free PressWebsite
Fugitive WatchFacebook LinkedIn Website
We want to reassure our supporters and the general public that we will only publish vetting articles and cite our sources. We will never publish Fake News.
Brad BlantonFacebook LinkedIn Website
I am the author of the best selling book Radical Honesty and 6 other books about being honest with each other is our only hope.
This is RenoFacebook LinkedIn Thisisreno.com
As the independent publisher of ThisisReno.com, we strive to be accurate, fair and honest. We also try to refrain from being salacious in our tone and to present facts as clearly and readily as they are made available. We strive to immediately correct errors of fact, and if there are disagreements about context, we frequently explore new story angles.
Media Bias Fact CheckFacebook Twitter Website
Media Bias Fact Check strives to be evidence based and to present facts without bias.
Michael ShermerFacebook Twitter Website
Dr. Michael Shermer is the Publisher of Skeptic magazine, a monthly columnist for Scientific American, and a Presidential Fellow at Chapman University. He is the author of The Moral Arc, The Believing Brain, Why People Believe Weird Things, Why Darwin Matters, The Mind of the Market, How We Believe, and The Science of Good and Evil. His next book is Heavens on Earth: The Scientific Search for Immortality, the Afterlife, and Utopia. His two TED talks, viewed nearly 8 million times, were voted in the top 100 of the more than 2000 TED talks.
Rick ShenkmanFacebook Website
Rick Shenkman is the editor of the History News Network. His newest book is \"Political Animals: How Our Stone Age Brain Gets in the Way of Smart Politics.\"
N. J. EnfieldMy website
I am Head of the University of Sydney Post-Truth Initiative. This Sydney Research Excellence Initiative examines fake news, alternative facts, lies, bullshit, and propaganda, with the aim to understand them, and to advise on how the truth might survive in this climate.
Vanessa OteroAll Generalizations are false.
Nick FortineFacebook Twitter Linked in
Every hour of every day, high quality journalism is happening in newsrooms throughout the world, including right here in Columbus and Ohio. Stories are being produced that are informative, educational, thought-provoking, poignant and 100 percent factual. In other words, news. Not real news, just news. Let’s not get lured into a victim’s narrative that says there’s nothing we can do about fake news and let’s not use fake news as a crutch for defending our opinions rather than doing the hard work of verifying and justifying the arguments we’re making and the information we’re putting forth as factual.
Stephan LewandowskyTwitter Website
I am a cognitive scientist with an interest in computational modeling. That is, I try to understand how the mind works by writing computer simulations of our memory and decision-making processes. Recently, I have become interested in how people update their memories if things they believe turn out to be false. This has led me to examine the persistence of misinformation in society, and how myths and misinformation can spread. I have become particularly interested in the variables that determine whether or not people accept scientific evidence, for example surrounding vaccinations or climate science. http://www.bris.ac.uk/expsych/people/stephan-lewandowsky/index.html More biographical detail including a list of all my scholarly publications can be found on my academic homepage at www.cogsciWA.com. I also blog at http://www.shapingtomorrowsworld.org/ on matters relating to climate change and global challenges. (On Twitter I am @STWorg).
Andrew CopsonHumanists UK
I have a book coming out in February which will make the case for truth and reason – it’s called Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress
Ed BraytonCenter for Enquiry
Dan BarkerFreedom from Religion Foundation
Ethan BearmanTwitter Personal Website Radio website
Radio interview where Ethan Bearman takes the pledge https://www.spreaker.com/user/gleb_tsipursky/anti-lying-pledge
Pat LynchWomen's Online Media & Education Network
As a full-time political activist advocating science education against stiff and overwhelming opposition at every level of government, I have often demanded that we have some way to hold politicians accountable for the factless falsehoods and bigotry and lack of integrity, morality, or decency that some of them commonly espouse. Now that I\'m running for political office as well, I insist that others be held to the same standards and code of honor that I adhere to myself. https://www.patreon.com/aronra http://aronra.org/
I support the pro-truth pledge because, as a humanist, I firmly believe that human nature is fundamentally oriented towards reason and rationality; and that the primary thing that stands between the present political climate and productive discourse is a lack of accountability to the truth. A perverse evolution of political incentives has pushed our elected officials away from reliance on facts and science; and if we can counteract or reverse those incentives, our disagreements can once more become productive. Truth should supersede partisanship, ideology, and bias; and no politician unwilling to pledge allegiance to truth is unfit to serve in elected government.
John B. Wells
The lifeblood of my program to which my name is attached and therefore all who I call and who call me, friend, those who trust me to be honest with them, and most importantly in the Earthly realm, my family rely on truthfulness in what I do. And of supreme importance, God is watching. And listening.
Egberto WilliesFacebook LinkedIn My Website
While many attack the president for the lies that he tells, it pales in comparison to the misinformation in the aggregate by many corporations, politicians, and think tanks. I view those as more dangerous because most people know the president. They do not know the sources of misinformation cloaked as reliable truth. I sign here to promise I will not misinform, but more importantly, I pledge to call out all that misinform irrespective of party, ideology, or place.
Ryan BlanchFacebook The Blanch Law Firm
My law firm is committed to truth and transparency in an era of obfuscation.
The Blanch Law FirmFacebook The Blanch Law Firm Criminal Lawyer Group
We are committed to promoting the truth.
Fiol Law GroupPersonal Injury Law Firm, Tampa, FL
Candidate Scoring SystemMost recent CSS release Effective Altruism Forum
I am committing Candidate Scoring System to this pledge because I want to credibly reassure people that it is accurate and because I want to set an example for the appropriate way to approach political issues. Everyone who works on the report from now on must comply with the Pro-Truth Pledge.
Bisnar Chase Personal Injury AttorneysFacebook Twitter California Personal Injury Attorneys of Bisnar Chase
Fairness. Access to equal rights.
Theodore HoltzhausenLinkedIn Website
I signed the pledge because I believe it is well aligned with the demands of a principled evolution and contemporary society\\\'s need for a progressive morality. It fits the paradigm shift in current scientific understanding of our evolutionary roots as vitally dependent on reliable interactions in an interdependent, perceptive network.
Murphy, Falcon & MurphyBaltimore personal injury attorney team Baltimore wrongful death attorney team Murphy, Falcon & Murphy Facebook Page
Murphy, Falcon & Murphy takes the pledge to promote truth and advocacy for facts in legal matters.
ChancoSchifferFacebook Atlanta personal injury lawyer Atlanta car accident attorney
ChancoSchiffer takes the pledge to provide honest and truthful legal advocacy for our clients, and support transparency and factual information in all aspects of the law.
Douglas ChancoAtlanta personal injury lawyer Atlanta car accident attorney Atlanta wrongful death information
Bakersfield Personal Injury AttorneysLaw Firm Website
JDN Television DistributionWebsite Twitter
Around the world. Across the globe. Here at home. We produce outstanding documentaries, distribute great television, defend a free press. Why? Because Truth Matters.
Boyd Law SacramentoBoyd Law Sacramento
Voice of Votes
I signed the pledge because our group engages in trust driven activities of sharing election polls, reports and results; because truth is absolutely essential in order for internet to achieve its full potential and because truth is effortless.
Sutliff & Stout, Injury & Accident Law FirmLaw Firm Website
Juris DigitalJuris Digital on Facebook Juris Digital on LinkedIn Juris Digital Website
The truth matters.
Boyd Law Los AngelesBoyd Law Los Angeles
Our organization has a firm commitment to truth and justice, which is why we took this pledge.
Wojciech MaroszekFacebook Twitter
Social media in Poland are filled by politicians with fake data and fake news in a large scale that I do not accept. I behaved he way the Pledge sees it but now after I took I hope my influence on others will be stronger.
Stowarzyszenie Miasta w InternecieSMWI Fabryka Przyszlosci Facebook
SMWI, koncentrujące swoje wysiłki na promowaniu odpowiedzialnych postaw w Internecie, przeciwstawia się nieprawdzie, fałszowi oraz niedomówieniom, które publikowane i powielane w różnej formie negatywnie wpływają na opinie i postawy społeczne. SOIA concentrates its efforts on promotion of responsible behaviour online, opposes untruth, falsehood and vagueness, which published and duplicated in many different forms, have negative influence on opinions and social attitudes.
Jacques de SelliersGreen Mobil Going Electric - THE ASSOCIATION FOR ELECTRIC VEHICLES AND THEIR USERS IN EUROPE Clockarium, Museum of the Art Deco Ceramic Clock in Brussels.
As a populariser of science on environmental and health issues, we found out the the vast majority of what is found in the media is incorrect.
Justin HillHill Law Firm | San Antonio
Open for AnimalsFacebook
Open for Animals supports an open society. People cannot collaborate successfully without agreeing to pursue truth and progress learning.
David DefensorHouston Abogado De Defensa - David Breston
Erny EnterprisesFacebook Fitness on Steroids
I signed up to the Pro-Truth pledge because there is so much misinfornation, lies and deceit in the fitness industry.
Jana DlouháCharles University Environment Centre
Levent KurnazBogaziçi University | Physics Department Climate Scientist – Science Communicator Twitter
Salter Ferguson, LLCBirmingham Personal Injury Lawyers
Michie HamlettMichieHamlett, Attorneys at Law
Alan ThompsonMayor Alan Thompson on Facebook
I have practiced the principles behind the pledge for years, and thought I should publicly take the pledge to make my position clear, and to encourage other elected officials to take the pledge.
Ahmed & Sukaram, Attorneys at LawFacebook LinkedIn Ahmed & Sukaram, Attorneys at Law
It is the goal of our organization to seek justice and truth, both of which we believe the Pro Truth Pledge to also stands for.
GES Maritime AttorneysGES Maritime Attorneys
Truth is not a matter of opinion.
Likhitha NaluboluTwitter LinkedIn
Think before you share something online, our goal should not be to get likes or comments or shares but to be able to SHARE THE TRUTH.
Patrick RegisterTwitter Official Campaign Website Ballotpedia
Distorted facts hinder effective policy.
Great American DebateFacebook Twitter Website
The Great American Debate is taking the Pro-Truth pledge as a commitment to sincere inquiry after truth. We take on the responsibility of the potential impact of our content in the course of us serving the public.
Dr Munawar AneesThe Future of Islam: Tie up your Camel, article in the Journal of Future Studies Bio Books by Dr. Anees on Amazon
Boyd Law FirmFacebook LinkedIn Boyd Law Firm
At our law firm we seek justice and the pursuit of truth, which is why we stand with the Pro Truth Pledge.
Jay KnispelFacebook The Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel, LLC
Honesty, integrity, and accountability are the values that we stand for, and for that reason we sign the Pro Truth Pledge.
Roman DeanGeorgia 2600 Hackers Linkedin
I want to be accountable for the articles I post under www.ga2600.com; attesting to my audience that I have done my due diligence vetting the validity of sources I post. I want to be accountable for actions I perform under my offensive security firm, Scwifty LLC., attesting we accountable to our actions and are advocates of truth.
Professor Thomas J MasonLinkedin
Dian (Dina) Grossman KjærgaardLinkedin
Forgotten Word MinistriesFacebook
I signed the Pledge simply because I believe we should all be held accountable for our actions and words especially when presenting our thoughts and deeds to the public arena.
Alabama SolutionsAlabama Solutions, a grassroots movement
Reverend Doctor Liam Sullivan StoneATX InterCession 13 Lovingly Stoned Production
You shall know the truth and the truth will make you free.
Andre MillerFacebook New Beginnings Christian Church - Pastor BIo
It is imperative for accountability and standards as we desire to serve the public.
Jorge OstosFacebook Twitter My Website
I signed because of many reasons. But I think it is enough to speak about the main one. I am an exiled Venezuelan author. My native country is under a communist dictatorship at the moment. It is a very clear example of how politics can kill the truth, not only by saying lies as truths, but also shutting mouths of those who want to be freely tell the truth. Sadly, I had to leave the country. Now I am living in Argentina with my wife. I am writing books, and helping my family and others by sending money, and posting material that helps them (I hope) to deal with the really hard situation they have living there. So, I pledge my earnest efforts to (as I think I have been doing): share truth, honour truth and encourage truth.
John ColettiFacebook LinkedIn Paulson Coletti Trial Attorneys PC
We stand with the other individuals and organizations listed on the Pro Truth Pledge because we believe truth is nonnegotiable.
Emma HendersonKingston Univ. - London - Faculty Webpage
LT. GRETCHEN TANYA BOTHA
I am a wildlife warrior and can not stand mutilation of any animal from cats, dogs to our heritage in our small wildlife to the last of the big ones.
Allen MendenhallFacebook LinkedIn My website
I believe that the free and open exchange of ideas is indispensable to the acquisition of knowledge, the spread of tolerance, broadened perspectives, intellectual humility, and the advancement of human society.
Paul Knupp Jr.Facebook LinkedIn
Truthfulness is a necessity for discourse. If we can not assume it, our discussions become meaningless by default. Via truthfulness, we can arrive at workable solutions to the problems that face us. Without it, we are doomed to repeat our historic failures.
Belie NewsFacebook Twitter Our Website
Our mission is to stop the spreading of fake news around the world with the help of digital technology.
Yvonne DickFacebook My main portfolio
I signed the pledge because misinformation and lies hurts everyone.
Meaghan MillerFacebook Twitter
We should all strive to honor and promote truth even if we disagree with the material.
Tito AbeledaDefiance: Fight for Truth LinkedIn Article on Truth by Tito Abeleda Visionary Quest Records
As an artist, producer as well as attorney, truth has a profound significance in every aspect of my life and work. In art I express my emotional truths. As an attorney, I seek truth so that justice can be served. The events of life have been escalating these past couple years to such a crescendo of division and chaos as if a real-life fermata were placed over our heads to prolong the dissonance - with no signs of ending.. A special truth rising above cacophony became clear to me. The sanctity of truth is disappearing. This revelation compelled me to write & produce the song Defiance: Fight for Truth coming out October 28th. It also compelled me to seek out others with these same concerns regarding the waning existence of truth. That is when I discovered ProTruthPledge.org. I signed the pledge because it precisely articulates my beliefs on the sanctity of truth & what I musically express in Defiance: Fight for Truth - to preserve and to elevate truth back to its rightful place.
Joel Victor KickbuschLinkedin
Cultural CrossroadsFacebook http://culturalcrossroads-kc.org
Cultural Crossroads is committed to truth and respect for all cultures and for all people.
Jazz Hands JournalOur Website
This time in our country, false information is running rampant on the internet, social media and is seeping into the news. We signed this pledge to help fight the onslaught of misinformation.
Cooper NyeFacebook Twitter
I signed the pledge because I believe public discourse should be grounded in facts, guided by reason, and aimed at truth.
Dishonesty and lying does not belong in politics. The public deserves the truth and nothing but the truth. I want to educate the public on how issues will either benefit them or not benefit them by delivering facts, not fiction. This pledge is a step in the right direction.
Tim O'ConnellOklahoma State University - Faculty Profile Dr. Tim O' Connell's Lab at Oklahoma State University
Societies flourish when decisions are based on critical thinking. Critical thinking begins with a desire – and a pledge – to discover and promote the truth.
The Bible explains dozens of times that God loves truth, honesty, and integrity. As a web series dedicated to digging deeper into Christianity and how its messages apply to us in the world today, an accurate understanding and truthful presentation of information is more than just important, it is a divine imperative. We are to seek the truth in all things. That is why I took the Pro-Truth Pledge.
Ian HarrisFacebook Ian Harris Comedian.com
I am tired of misinformation everywhere. Facts should matter. Where information comes from matters. Everyone needs to be more diligent in their pursuit for the truth.
Lynda Aiman-SmithSilver City, NM Town Council Member
I live in Washington State, where our government pretends to support news organizations, but then writes laws to hide from them (SB6617) when it might expose them as sexual predators. Our own democrats will scream fake news when the media puts out a story that reports on their misdeeds. This has to stop. I respect a person, even my opponent more when they are honest in their failures, and am much quicker to forgive because I can trust in thier remorse. I have lived my life with one primary ethos, the truth is not always the most favorable light, but it is a pure light, and one that can not be penetrated by the darkness. I speak the facts, to the best of my knowledge. Inform those that hear me of my bias so that they understand my lean and then do the best I can to provide reasonable evidence that I have considered other possibilities. I often correct those in my peer groups, and shun the use of purely incorrect facts.
Angela MattkeTwitter American Atheists - Speaker Profile YouTube Video of Speech at American Atheists Conference
Drew DavisThe Press-Sentinel
Charles Whitfield, MDMy Books on Amazon International Society for Ethical Psychology & Psychiatry
Sue DigreCity of Pacifica, CA - City Council Member Facebook
Because truth and caring will protect our basic freedoms.
Tall Guys FreeTallGuysFree.com Facebook
We believe in telling the truth and always being transparent. Hiding things only makes matters worse for us and others.
Francisco Pierre-LouisFacebook Twitter
It should be obvious for people running for office or currently in office to be honest and to tell the truth. We have a duty to serve the people not the powerful few.
Graham BodieFacebook LinkedIn Website
I believe in truth and accountability. I choose to listen first in my interactions with others, and I expect them to be honest and base their positions on sound logic even if we disagree.
The Institute For International Law And Democratic Affairs LLCFacebook: The Institute For International Law And Democratic Affairs Science and Peace based developmental security. Educational examples of our work.
We assist those who help others.
Non Sequitur ShowFacebook LinkedIn
I think it is important to create and support strong moral ideas absent religion while in search of truth.
Aviv OvadyaTwitter LinkedIn Website
The pledge does a wonderful job of describing my values and goals.
Truth is the only way to fix the government
Dr. Elizabeth AdadiBallotpedia The New Tropic - Bio
I want to empower our country to become a community where our differences are part of the fabric that make us so uniquely great. Taking the Pro-Truth Pledge is a great step in this direction.
Mireia GuerauOSU Faculty Profile
Cheryl ButlerSummit County, Utah Democrats - Party Chair Facebook
I love the Pro-Truth Pledge! This is exactly what we need from all our elected officials.
As a pediatrician, I understand the importance, the necessity of using science and data and fact-based information. When we all make daily decisions that affect the lives of all of us. An application of the scientific method to policy-making ALWAYS allows the government and the public to make better decisions.
This pledge is a great start for those of us who want to reaffirm our belief in practicing rationality and intellectual honesty in our civil discourse. Maintaining our fidelity to the truth can be hard work, but it is so important.
In signing this pledge, I commit to running a campaign based on facts, not partisan rhetoric. That should be something we can all agree on.
I signed the pledge as there is too much fake news, partial truths, and just plain misleading information posted on Internet sites.
Tim WardFacebook LinkedIn Changemaker Books
I am a publisher of Changemakers Books, and we publish books about transformation in order to make the world a better place. The Pro-Truth pledge is aligned with our core values and mission. I am also an author, blogger, and former journalist, and have personally be very concerned about the label post-truth and how it has affected public discourse and media coverage.
I signed the pledge because it is time to stand up to the false propaganda and vitriol that is being spread across our desktops and television screens.
I signed the pledge because I am already committed to serving with integrity and checking sources and information for reliability as much as I can. I believe all public figures should be dedicated to presenting truthful communication.
P. Shannon ElswickBallotpedia
For decades, my leadership philosophy has been to be first and foremost principle-centered. My values demand it and I want to be held accountable by others to live up to that standard.
Zoe RyanFacebook LinkedIn My website
I am pro truth and positive change. We all deserve to live in a transparent society where we are not being fed false truths and misinformation as truth.
Fred J. LauverLinkedin
Gary MortFacebook Lane County, OR Community College - Faculty Directory South Lane School District School Board Member
I think factual truth based governance is critical.
We have to stand strong with the truth and not back down to fall further behind with the misinformation.
Edward Van DeventerBallotpedia
John Farmer de la TorreBallotpedia
I am a journalist who is also a candidate for the United States Congress. As such, I believe journalistic ethics of accuracy, verification, and transparency are invaluable to the functioning of society and our politics while continued propaganda and willful misinformation is a national cancer we must eradicate.
Jake BooneFacebook Twitter For Mayor of Cottage Grove, OR
As an elected official, a citizen, and a member of humanity at large, it is incumbent upon me to do my utmost to base my opinions and beliefs on verifiable truth, and to encourage others to do likewise. This holds true even (and especially) if the truth on a matter proves inconvenient or uncomfortable for me.
The Rainbow LeagueFacebook
I signed the Pro-Truth Pledge because I use one of my Facebook pages to promote a group I created that fouses on informing the public about personal self-empowerment and how individuals anywhere in the world, regardless of their circumstances, can empower themselves and achieve their goals in life. As part of my Page, I am promoting a positive form of self-empowerment that recognizes the intrinsic value in all life and respects the differences between living things, while encouraging independent thought and action in all areas of life. The focus of my work is to develop inner strength and outward respect and cooperation with others that will aid in strengthening self-determination and self-respect. I had taken the Pledge to identify my organization as promoting truth and encourage my Followers to both trust the information I provide and commit to a similar standard.
Our public discourse used to be based on a generally acknowledged set of facts. Today, everyone can literally have their own facts. We need to come out of our corners and acknowledge what the facts really are.
Will ZellFacebook LinkedIn Zellous.org
“Be truthful, nature only sides with truth”. Quote by Adolf Loos
BE MacomberFacebook Twitter Medium page
I support Julian Assange and WikiLeaks with a mission to publish only factual materials after rigorous vetting.
David MoisanMy website Salem, MA Disability Council Member Facebook
The disability community is very important to me, and I advocate for us every day as an appointed official of my local disability commission. This is no less important for my community.
Bruce Alan MartinLinkedIn
We need public officials and leaders to be committed to honest and truthful behavior, because democracy depends on it.
Dylan GlassFacebook Website
In an era where there is so much division and frustration, being honest and civil is the first step to unity.
I signed the pledge because all candidates and elected officials should be committed to the truth.
The 1 PartyFacebook
Truth is important, and the understanding of it. The 1 Party promotes voter engagement in the political process, and demands integrity from elected officials; that they serve the people and not their own political aspirations. We applaud the work of The Pro-Truth movement.
Garrett PaulGustavus Adolphus College - Emeritus Profile
This misinformation rampant in society today, particularly since it is intended to deceive, mislead, and divert attention from the real issues, is appalling and threatens to undermine civil society and even the republic itself.
Maia DendingerBallotpedia University of Maine - Adjunct Professor
I took the pledge because a functioning democracy relies on an informed public and honest representatives. If politicians have to lie to garner support, then they demonstrate a lack of faith in the ability of their platform to hold up to rational scrutiny.
Kevin WilkFacebook LinkedIn Walnut Creek, CA City Council Member Bio
Truth is Government is essential for an accountable government that is run by the people.
Jim BratnoberBallotpedia LinkedIn Bratnober loses by 11 votes in Recount for Idaho State Senate
We have become accustomed to politicians lying and some news organizations presenting alternative facts. This needs to stop. I will not be party to it . My word is my bond.
I believe truth and transparency in public service are of utmost importance.
Javier Cuevas LandrónTwitter
I sign the pledge because I love the internet and I love social media. People sharing false information erodes the space that the internet was intended to be.
Jake EllisFacebook LinkedIn
Parties divide people but truthful dialogue and candid discussion about issues and solutions can bring people together for a brighter future.
Edward SimonFacebook LinkedIn
The rhetoric of politics gets in the way of progress. I support useful dialogue, supporting an opponent is the best way to achieve bipartisanship, something we need more of.
Jon WizardFacebook Twitter Instagram
I signed the Pro-Truth Pledge because facts matter, and if we expect to live in a society based on fairness, justice, and equality, each person must be righteous and forthright in the expression of ideas and arguments.
I believe in civic discourse with truth and transparency as its basis. Proud to support this pledge and work for civic education for all of Idaho!
Peter NewtonFacebook - For Addison, VT County Sheriff
I care about honesty, integrity, transparency, and Justice for all.
Bärbel WinklerDenial 101x - Making Sense of Climate Science Denial Twitter Skeptical Science
Facts and truth matter, which is why I decided to take the pledge. I live and work in Germany and have always had a lot of interest in environmental issues. I have been active as a volunteer at the local zoo and a conservation group for many years. Over time and while learning more about it, I became increasingly aware and concerned about climate change and what it will mean for generations to come. As a means to turn my concerns into something productive, I joined the Skeptical Science (SkS) team in 2010 and started translating selected content into German. Through my involvement with SkS I had the chance to contribute to some of our consensus studies, publish a blog-post every once in a while and help with our online course Denial101x - Making sense of climate science denial.
Brenda EkwurzelUnion of Concerned Scientists Bio Twitter Arctic Research Consortium of the United States Bio
Samantha AhdootPediatrics Associates of Alexandria Bio Why do Pediatricians care about Climate Change? - AAP article
Luis HestresTwitter LinkedIn
I am a tenure-track assistant professor in the communication faculty at the University of Texas at San Antonio . In May 2014 I earned my PhD from the School of Communication at American University. My work has been published in New Media & Society, the International Journal of Communication, and Environmental Politics, and I have presented at the ICA conference, among others. My research focuses on the intersection of technology, political communication and mobilization, Internet freedom, and social change.
Ned WittingBallotpedia Twitter
There is way too much misinformation being disseminated. We need to be able to agree on the facts if we are going to make good policy decisions.
C. Keiki Stacy WeigleBallotpedia LinkedIn
I have long supported the PTP as a private citizen because I value the importance of practicing and promoting truth-oriented behaviors and facts, with civility.
Kristen HovetMy Website Twitter
For me, it is far better to grasp the Universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring. -Carl Sagan
Martin HellmanStanford - Faculty Emeritus Website Get Curious, Not Furious Rethinking National Security
Misinformation has had disastrous consequences thus far (e.g., our mistakes in Vietnam, Iraq, and North Korea). If we do not become more honest with ourselves and more inquisitive, we might well destroy civilization.
BRIGID MagazineBRIGID Magazine Twitter Instagram
We support truth and accountability in the sharing of news and information. We support evidence-based reporting and realize that reporting the facts is sometimes more difficult than it might seem. We all need to help each other stay accountable. Here is to truth!
Per Gunnar EgesundFacebook
Jørgen Tinglum BøckmanFacebook
Sunlight is the best disinfectant. Anyone has a right to have an opinion but no one has a right to their own set of facts. Manipulation of facts to achieve a certain outcome is unethical and shows a lack of integrity.
Jamie Faye Fentonfentonia.com
I believe in Truth In Politics and plan wholeheartedly to lead by example, as an elected public official.
I signed the pledge to let the public know about me.
I signed the Pro-Truth Pledge because I am committed to uphold the truth in all aspects of my life. I am responsible and accountable for preserving the pledge and hope to set an example for my peers. Walk beside me today by signing the pledge to make a difference and bring awareness to our actions. Thank you.
I believe in TRUTH in all matter especially the news media and politicians.
I believe in facts. I believe facts are proven and can be proven time and time again. Facts are either true or false. Facts are not biased, facts are facts. We have to follow what is real and what we observe to be facts, much like the scientific method.
I signed the pledge because I am tired of politics as usual. I believe that it is time to hold politicians accountable for their half-truths and letting their votes be bought. I want people to see that I will be different and I will stand by my word. Everyone should be held accountable for not telling the truth.
Because the truth is always the best lying get no one any place, and as a candidate for Congress, this one thing is a big issue with our current elected.
Ana Mo DesFacebook Ana Mo Des runs for mayor of Kalaheo - Hawaii News Article
I signed the pledge because when we put ourselves out there to serve for the public it should always be with truth, justice and liberty for all.
I signed the pledge because I believe that elected officials should be held accountable for what they say.
William SpurlockFacebook Ballotpedia
As a candidate for the US House of Representatives running with the use of the slogan Leadership with Integrity. HONESTY is one of the building blocks to having real integrity; conducting your private life or life out of the public eye the same as you would in view of all. Thirty-four years of military service teaches honesty and selfless service always protect your integrity. Hold them close. I will do just that and your pledge is one I would encourage all to take. It is an opportunity for many to conduct a self-check and do an updated personal assets inventory to be sure you still hold on to what you said you stood for. I STAND FOR TRUTH AND HONESTY 100% of the time!
The only way for us to acknowledge our common ground and precipitate authentic progress in our individual lives, as well as in the political sphere, is to commit to understanding reality itself. What happened is what happened. If I ever learn that I have shared information that is either false or misleading, I tend to feel deep personal shame; I tend to feel as though I have let my potential constituency down. If I ever share inconvenient truths with my audience, I do so knowing that it may offend the confirmation bias of those who already support me. The truth outweighs such a risk. I do so because facts matter. I PROUDLY take the Pro-Truth Pledge. I do so with an understanding that we are all susceptible to fake news and partisan Disinformation. When I am corrected by another, I feel that I owe a debt to the person, even if it what I wanted to hear. In my mind, they have offered me an invaluable service. They have filled gaps in my knowledge that had been left empty and could have remained as such had they not challenged the falsehoods I would have unknowingly had them believe to be true. I will identify and acknowledge my own speculation as exactly that: speculation. I welcome and commit to the truth. I hold my fact-checker friends in high esteem and welcome their input. No matter how ugly, it is our truths that connect us all. We are welcome to interpret the truths according to our own philosophies, but in its absence, we are indeed, at the mercy of those who would deceive us for their own benefit.
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Jason Burke MurphyLinkedin
Living publicly with truth outweighs the safety nets of any ideology.
Christopher ChamberlinBallotpedia Linkedin
Because it is time for clarity in politics. It is time to hold the elected officials accountable.
It is the duty of a citizen to spread the truth
CaptainFactWebsite Facebook Twitter
CaptainFact helps the public to share sources and verifications on a video or a live stream. We are promoting the values of the pro-truth pledge among our users and we try to stick to them in our daily work by being transparent and factual.
Honesty and transparency will be key in healing the divides that you cost in our country.
Jeffrey LockeBallotpedia Facebook
I signed the pledge to provide the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth because I am running for district seat 124 in SW Kansas. I am also a full-time teacher and as a public figure, integrity is of the highest importance. Make Kansas Great Again!!!
John KeenerMayor of City of Pacifica, California
In a perfect world, or just one not ruled by Trump, no one should have to pledge to tell the truth. But here we are.
Voters deserve honesty and transparency from those seeking public office, and misinformation undermines the foundation of democracy by distorting public dialogue.
Rebecca VillegasFacebook - For County Council District 7 - Hawaii
Truth matters. Words matter.
Alex Van DykeBallotpedia
I signed because I want to help fix our current political climate where candidates attack each other with falsehoods to get votes. This does not help our country or our democracy.
As a representative of the people, ethics and the truth are a basic foundation of how our government runs. This is the reason I feel it is important to have standards that are clearly stated.
Facts and Truth regardless of how uncomfortable to some, always lead us to real solutions of our problems. To solve our problems of healthcare, education, human rights, infrastructure, public safety, public health, environmental destruction, agricultural production and political divide, we must know the truth and discuss the facts, thus, acting according in our solutions.
Brian DonahueBallotpedia - For Colorado House District 11
Dumb All Over PodcastiTunes Twitter Patreon
We at the Dumb All Over podcast are tired of the endless flood of actual fake news that invades all of our lives. As Podcasters who cover current events it is our job and duty to be as truthful and informative as we cab while providing our viewpoint of events.
I want to be the best Governor of Oklahoma. I want to help Oklahomans.
It is important to promote trust and truthfulness in the public arena.
Shirley Simbre-MedeirosFacebook - For Kauai County, HI Council
I have entered this race for Kauai County council because of one reason only my hearts desire to help others here on Kauai. All issues are important here on this island but as a foster parent and working for community programs we need strong women that are not afraid of change and really want to connect with the residents of Kauai.
it has become so difficult to decipher the truth and make informed choices.
Heather KimballFacebook Ballotpedia
I signed the the pledge because in this age of disinformation, it is critical that those of us seeking elected office stand up for truth, facts and logic.
Evidence and reason is more important than emotion, tradition, or political parties.
Gbenga AjiboyeBallotpedia Twitter
I want to say the truth to the best of my knowledge and support bills that are truth and evidenced based.
Because I believe truth in our government, and in journalism still matters.
As a voter myself I am tired of the lies and misinformation that is spread everyday. As a candidate for office I want to show people the truth how and why things are the way they are. It’s time the people stand up for truth and take our government back.
Kira PeikoffFacebook LinkedIn My Books on Amazon
I believe that the pursuit of truth in the face of bias and misinformation is crucial to a free society.
I signed because I think it is important to fight the wave of disinformation and self-serving lies being given to the people of this nation. I have a strong belief in transparency and openness that I stand behind.
I signed the pledge because I firmly believe that we, as citizens, deserve the whole truth without bias.
Richard JonesCity of Cody, WY - Planning, Zoning and Adjustment Board Member Facebook Mississippi Fencing Club
I believe in transparency in our Government. Government officials should be held accountable to tell the truth to the public. We are a democracy for the people.
Rebecca WhiteEmerge Vermont Profile Daily UV article - Rebecca White Seeks Re-election to a 2-Year Seat Hartford Selectboard Hartford Selectboard Website
Robert DemicBallotpedia Facebook
I signed this pledge because it is already a part of my campaign promises. It is obvious that outright lies with little consequence is destroying our democracy and our political system.
Tim GuilesFacebook Ballotpedia
I am a truth seeker - - - and today, more than ever, we need to foster an atmosphere of truthfulness in public discourse.
It is important to make sure the people have reliable information to form their own conclusions regarding issues that impact them. You can only become informed if you can trust your sources. I took this pledge because it is my belief that people make the right choices when provided factual information removed from sensationalized and emotionally driven opinions. I trust the people to make the right choice with the right info and I pledge to campaign with factually supported information and to use facts and reliable sources when formulating opinions and generating legislation that impacts everyone.
Ron HortonFacebook Ballotpedia
Many in our government have swayed so far from the truth that it is tearing apart friendships and families with their misinformation and lies. This has to stop! And the only way I see it coming to an end is through bringing awareness of the problem to the forefront and encouraging accountability.
Wayne EsteyBallotpedia Linkedin Zoning Administrator - Dover, VT
Frightened at first because pledges mean something to me. After I read it, there was nothing!!!! there that was not already part of my everyday behavior. I know not everyone lives by this ideal, especially today, and the sad necessity of creating and furthering this effort.
Riccardo VialeGoogle Scholar Citations Luiss School of Government Faculty Profile
To promote a Socratic citizen that strengthens the open society and liberal democracy.
Sabra KurthFacebook Facebook - Going the Extra Mile for Hartford County, MD
I signed this pledge because, sadly, honesty, in public life and elsewhere, can be hard to find.
Being honest with the voters in my district is vital. The public does not trust politicians for a reason, and I want to do my part to change that.
Roger FrantzSan Diego State Univ. Faculty Profile
It is too easy to lie with social media when everyone has a microphone and when many of us now hate what we hate more than we like what we like. Cass Sunstein calls it the Manichaen sensibility. It can destroy our democracy.
Darrin SmithFacebook Ballotpedia
Because I strongly believe that the public should be informed of the truth from the facts.
Little by little, by holding ourselves and those around us accountable, I hope we can return to an era where we have reason to trust those around us - and especially those asking to represent us in government.
it is time for elected officials to put people before Party! Many do not tell the truth or bend the truth worried about what others would say, instead of just being honest and address the real issues...
I signed the pledge because the truth matters. When someone is elected by dishonest means, it fosters distrust and cynicism that erodes democracy.
I believe factual information should be readily available to the public through as many sources as possible.
Brendon Kaleiaina LeeFacebook Friends of Kalei’āina
The truth is important. Too often there are those that use half truths and misleading statements to influence an election.
All we really have is our word in this world, and we must all trust and honor our words and our families, to be a real leader in Hawaii and the Nation. Eddie US Senate Hawaii 2018 Candidate
I signed because truth and transparency are critical to a properly functioning democratic republic.
Myron GersonUniversity of Cincinnati College of Medicine
Michael A. HepburnBallotpedia
We need authentic, working-class and middle-class people to run for and win seats all across the nation to shape the public policy that affects us all… Our vast perspectives are important and need to be heard.
John MorreyFaculty Website
Christopher LuhnChristopher N. Luhn, P.C.
Gregory C DuerdenBallotpedia LinkedIn
As a newspaperman for over 40 years, I strove to find the truth in every story and every issue. As a candidate I am still very pro-truth, as I hope all elected officials will be.
Brian MarcosFacebook LinkedIn For State Delegate District 10 - Maryland
I am a man of integrity, Integrity is the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles. As an elected official we are working to make our communities safer and better in all aspects. Without our people there is no us, we must serve & honor our roles as leaders and stand for what is right.
I signed the pledge because human lives are not improved by truth, not lies.
Anjali Reed PhukanBallotpedia
Honesty should be praised and cherished.
Nora RozengurtUCLA Faculty Profile
As a scientist, I believe the truth matters. While solutions may differ, we have to start with the same understanding of the facts in order to tackle any problem successfully. Recent attacks on the truth itself undermine public confidence and make it harder to deliver on strong commitments to education, the environment, healthcare, and all the other issues I and many others hold so dear. I hope all of those running for office can take this pledge so we can finally start working on solutions to our pressing problems.
Jeff GriffithBallotpedia LinkedIn
Part of civic duty is always communicating the truth to the public.
Integrity and honesty are not negotiable in those who seek and hold public office.
David JeangFacebook LinkedIn Ballotpedia
Integrity is what is lacking in leadership in our country nowadays, even in mainstream media and journalism. I am tired of false narratives and propaganda being crowed and taken as true by public figures and their blind followers while denouncing the real truth tellers at the same time.
This is pretty much how I operate anyway. I shift positions when available facts change. I dispute experts when the specific facts available to me suggest they are wrong—although a great many influential and highly-recognized economists have no real credentials so I get a pass in that field anyway.
Abrian VelardeFacebook Ballotpedia
I signed because we need to combat against the passing of false information as fact.
Tyler AllredFacebook Ballotpedia
I signed this pledge because I believe truth is the great mediator. In times of great divide only the truth can bring people together.
Lee Anne WalkerFacebook Ballotpedia
We need to commit to truth, to fairness, and equal rights under the law.
As someone who studied political science in undergrad and who is currently working on their masters I know it is important to cite your information. This is especially true when you are trying to change or create public policy. Lies are never a good foundation for elected officials to push changes in the law nor do they help the people that elected them. That is why I signed the pledge.
Michael HardyMichael Ryan Hardy
I want my constituents to be confident that they can have faith in their representatives and the legislative process, and that I have their interests in mind.
Luke EvslinFacebook Kaua County Council Member Elect Hawaii News Article
A commitment to a set of shared truths is integral for democracy to function. It is not enough to point fingers at others who are being untruthful, it is important that we all commit ourselves to upholding the truth. While this will not fix all of the problems that we are seeing, at least it will give us a sturdy foundation to begin the hard work of repairing our political institutions.
We need to repair the discourse in our nation if ever we are to come together to solve the problems we face. It is past time that truth, decency, and civility return as the norm.
Erin HennesseyOSU Faculty Directory
I signed the pledge because it is important for everyone to maintain honesty in their lives, particularly in the public eye. It is vital that we share information that is credible and truthful. I pledge to run an honest campaign and make sure everything that is shared by me is verifiable.
Linda OostermanThurston County, WA, Public Utility District Commissioner Profile
Nothing matters except the TRUTH.
Salim RashidUNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS AT URBANA-CHAMPAIGN
David HufstaderDavid Hufstader Photography
Sharon FarmerSharon Farmer Website
Paula PovilaitisFacebook Ballotpedia
Political candidates need to be truthful and positive when running for office. The public needs to believe in their leaders.
Stephen BallLinkedIn Ballotpedia
Because I believe deeply in honesty, transparency and integrity in all public and private interactions. It is especially important for public officials and people elected office to hold themselves to the highest standards of honesty and integrity in all aspects of their life.
Neelam SoundarajanOSU Faculty Profile
Timothy SizemoreFacebook Twitter Ballotpedia
I believe that governing by truth and principle are essential not just in politics, but in every day life.
I have taken this pledge because just like my constitutional oath, I plan to restore integrity and trustworthiness back to the role of politician by being an honest individual first. This is what the people of California will expect of me first and foremost and they deserve to have their public servants committed to them and not express any disloyalty.
John ChapmanAlexandria, VA City Council - Member BIo Alexandria Living Magazine - Chapman Re-elected to City Council
We need more reasonable discourse in our political campaigns across the country.
Bernie Sanders ProgressivesFacebook Linkedin Facebook - Don Mersel
The truth is necessary for democracy to exist.
Our Revolution - Central JerseyFacebook
I support Bernie Sanders as the first authentic politician since JFK, RFK, and MLK were assassinated. Seems telling the truth is dangerous but I am doing this to make a better world for my millennial children and young grandchildren.
Edward DundasNevada Public Radio - The Race for Governor Ballotpedia Vote Smart Bio
My campaign is about getting mental health care and nutrition to retired vets and making Nevada a model for getting these people to contribute to society by growing their own food in nurseries, work with bee keepers and utilizing Nevada mines for their precious resources
Michael DwyerClearwater Communications
If I am elected I will seek to represent my District with utmost honesty and integrity.
Brandon MedenwaldFacebook Twitter Ballotpedia
I signed the pledge because truth and facts must be front and center for civil debate in any functioning democracy.
Dimitri ChernyBallotpedia Instagram
Too many of our candidates AND elected representatives continue to tell citizens both what we want to hear, and the myths we have all grown up with, but are eroding civilization. It is time for ALL of running for office and in office to come clean and tell the facts and nothing but the facts and let the myths die so the next generations can finally live in the America we have always known it could be.
As a candidate I have pledged to myself that I will never lie to my voters before or after elected. This will give me checks and balances when needed.
Lucas St. ClairBallotpedia
David RigneyOSU Faculty Profile
The stability of any society depends on on-going education and the ability to distinguish what is true from unsupported claims that are not true. History has shown that the big lie is used over and over by selfish individuals and groups, leading to horrible damage. The scientific community and a free press are two communities that are vital for protecting us all from such damage.
L. Eugene ArnoldThe Ohio State University - Wexner Medical Center
John DiamondBrody School of Medicine at East Carolina Univ. Faculty Profile
I signed the pledge because of the importance of truth, in public discourse and in science.
So many of our elected officials bend the truth or offer alternative facts to support their position. Instead, leaders of integrity allow the truth and the facts that support the truth guide them to the best possible solutions for those they represent. I will do my best to serve the 1st District of Virginia in Congress with integrity, guided by truth.
Barry WardOSU Faculty Profile
Thom HarnettFacebook Linkedin Mayor - Gardiner, ME
I have always tried to be truthful and respect those who share that belief. I am disheartened by those using and spreading information that is not true to advance their personal agendas. We can disagree on policy but not on what is true.
I signed the pledge to ensure that the truth is shared openly and freely to inform and educate all citizens.
Michael TweedleThe Ohio State University - Regenerative Medicine
John Stuart Mills, a famous British philosophy and political scientist of the 18th century believed that truth required a free flow of expression that could be debated in order to arrive at the truth. As a candidate for Utah House District #13, an informed public is the only sure way to maintain the integrity our representative democracy and it begins with political candidates providing voters with good information so they can make the best decisions possible.
Marilyn MechamFor Utah House District 3 Ballotpedia
I am sick of politicians presenting their own version of the truth and pledge to sopport truth in government
Lisa JordanFaculty Website
Joseph OttobreOSU Faculty Directory
HAYRANI OZDepartment of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering - OSU Researchgate Evolutionary Enerxaction
Selin MalkocOSU faculty page
Half truth is often a great lie (Benjamin Franklin)
Distrust is a huge issue in my industry as at this point of the time, consumers and public (apart from the brand) do not know much about clothes they buy. Basically there is lack of information where the goods are produced, by whom and under which conditions. I think that research in that specific area is critical for further improvement. I am very interested to join your initiative, support you and learn how I can implement the similar activity within my field.
Roger PageFaculty Website
I signed this pledge because we have the responsibility to use truth and facts in to enhance the common good.
Josh StreeterDepartment of Theatre - OSU
I am concerned about the apparent decay of both the interest in and the pursuit of the truth. Too often, and for whatever number of factors, information is uncritically engaged, examined, interpreted, and rebroadcast to the detriment of individuals and society. If we should demand more honesty, transparency, and accountability from our governments, media, businesses, academies, and ourselves, we could reverse this trend and more easily better the lives of all.
Stuart RabyFaculty Website
Brian EdmistonThe Ohio State University Directory
Tracy TylkaOSU Faculty Profile
Bill TownsendOfficial Website Twitter Facebook
I signed this pledge because one of the best ways to clean up Congress is to tell the truth. The American people deserve information that is supported by facts and data, a core tenant of my campaign for U.S. House of Representatives in Nevada CD4.
John RushFacebook LinkedIn Ballotpedia
I signed the pledge because I believe it is absolutely essential to speak the truth and act with integrity in ever area of life.
Letitia NaiglesFaculty Website
Joshua BradshawBallotpedia Linkedin Billings Gazette article
I take your pledge, because I believe that we can only tackle the problems we must of we first agree to stick to the truth.
Carl CowenIUPUI Faculty Profile
I support truth and I hope academic, political, and corporate leaders do also.
Pravin TrivediIU Faculty Profile
I reviewed the pledge and I am already trying to do all in it. It will help me focus.
One of the main reasons I decided to run for office is being fed up with the blind partisanship, and the way it is fueled by misinformation. I am watching otherwise good people, inspired by bad information, resort to hatred and dehumanization. Our society will crumble if we do not do our part to respect the truth.
Sohini BagchiLinkedIn My website
It is important to let people know that truth matters to us, in the digital information age, and I not only abide by that but ensure we should all be accountable for promoting it.
I believe in order to have the best society possible we need to built on a foundation of the truth. It is a responsibility of elected officials that act on behalf of citizens to lead by example and set a standard of truth for society. We have had way too many occurrences of our elected officials comfortably lying to their constituents on a regular basis and I hope to a be a part of changing that culture.
Regardless of political ideology, we should all demand that our representatives be forthcoming and truthful with us- their constituents- always.
Richard BrazeltonBallotpedia LinkedIn Twitter
Truth, Keeping Promises, and Not Overriding the Voters is all I want out of local politics.
Margaret RustickCal State East Bay Directory
I have been a leading figure in the fight against dark money in both local and statewide elections in Montana. Sanitizing sunlight slays the weeds of anarchy before they can take root!
Tom BurnsFaculty Website
George BackusScripps Institute of Oceanography Faculty Profile
Science is being undermined by alternate truth.
Robert WelzelFacebook LinkedIn Ballotpedia
Fidelity to truth is a cornerstone for our republic. Far too many are relying upon propaganda to steer us far from our founding principles.
Mark HealdSwarthmore - Mark Heald
Sofia CollinBallotpedia Instagram
I am sincerely committed to upholding the honor and standards of the office I wish to attain with fearless devotion to truth, justice, and honesty in all endeavors, and to wholeheartedly encourage everyone to pursue this integrity for themselves.
Kathryn G.H. NicholesMy website
I am the Libertarian candidate for Montana state legislature house district 30 in Nov2018. I prefer to rely on history and science-based projections of our future, and evidence-based methods for organizing our economy and justice systems. I appreciate thoughtful debate and discussion with others of any identity, and hope to engage others with courtesy and respect for the good of all. The spirit of the Pro-Truth Pledge is an excellent background for public collaboration.
Rev. Jim BurkloFacebook USC Staff Profile Mindful Christianity by Jim Burklo
The foundations of democracy are being seriously undermined by cynical political forces that use lies and distortions to weaken trust in the press, in the judiciary, and in science. I want to be part of a movement to lift up the critical importance of understanding what it means to be committed to the truth. In particular I am committed to this effort in the context of American Christianity, which unfortunately has become identified with the mendacity of the Trump administration. I am leading this effort for personal honesty from the pulpits of America: http://tcpc.blogs.com/musings/2018/04/fearless-sunday.html .
I signed the Pledge because I always try to be completely truthful, and I have no problem publicly pledging to remain that way.
Douglas CampbellFacebook LinkedIn
I signed the pledge because partial, biased, and sensationalized news is negatively impacting our ability to hold functional public discourse, and weakening the strength of our country.
I signed the Pro-Truth Pledge because we must base our democratic decisions on evidence and not fear.
Craig VogelUniv. of Cincinnati Faculty Profile
Because I share the sentiment expressed the Pro Truth information, and after talking with Gleb, I want to support this idea.
Patrick HurleyFaculty Website
Monika KressSan Jose State Univ. Faculty Profile
Jeff BlackHumboldt State Univ. Faculty Profile
I signed the pledge because I am committed to honesty, truth, and integrity.
Judge Maria JacksonJudge of the 339th State District Court in Houston, Harris County, Texas
I took the pledge because I hold myself to speak the truth at all times. Elected officials should be held at the highest standard of honesty and integrity. As a Criminal Court Judge, I am entrusted to function within this highest standard and make decisions based on the truth.
Stacey ScottMy website
I am horrified about the dystopian democracy we now live in.
I signed the pledge because people deserve the highest level of integrity from those they entrust to serve them.
I read original sources and original research whenever possible. Politicians who are selling an idea distort or lie too frequently. I will not.
I signed the Pro-truth Pledge because the facts point the way to truth and our understanding of each other and our world. The truth sets us free because we can see the reality and so begin to change with bigger dreams of a better way and pathway to change the things that need changing and make progress for our lives, our humanity, our environment and our economy.
Kevin KensingerBallotpedia Linkedin
I signed the pledge because our campaign is all about taking power back to the people, and the truth is central to that. No longer will we allow big business politicians to mislead the masses. We will provide real solutions and fight to unrig the economy; armed with science, math, and facts.
Eric JakobssonUniv. of IL Faculty Profile
Matt AndersonOSU Faculty Profile
Kay GrayFacebook Instagram Linkedin
I signed the pledge because I believe honesty and integrity must be a core value in public officials.
Jacob MasonFacebook Twitter Ballotpedia
Y’all emailed me and I already do what you talked about. I’m running for California Senate to represent District 6.
Unfakery joined signers of the pledge because we could debunk articles and images all day long, and build dozens of tools to teach better information habits; but unless our target audience values truth more highly than serving an agenda or winning political points, we won’t be able to make a real impact on the problem of fakery. Nor will we be able to affect the large number of people whose opinions and voting are shaped by it.
Because the truth will set us free!
I believe in openess and transparency
I have signed this pledge because the truth is what will keep us a free people.
I think it is important that issues be debated with the truth, and not spun to fit a preset narrative.
Douglas B McKeag, MD, MSOR Health and Science Univ. Hospital Faculty Profile
Cory EnglishFor Idaho State Senate
Jeffrey LevineGeological Consulting Services
Although I have withdrawn my name from the U.S. Senate race for 2018, I like the pledge because it reminds everyone about the moral fabric of humanity. It is sad that we must remind public servants to tell the truth, but there is hope; someone thought of this humble pledge!
Thomas WassmerFacebook LinkedIn My Website
Because in the Trump era it became even more important to distinguish between fake and real information. The truth is not a matter of opinion but facts. As a scientist I know that there is no absolute certainty but there are facts that are well supported by data and others that are not. Another tool is the precautionary principle that can guide us to be cautious when we risk a precious good like Planet Earth, human and environmental health - and choose the least dangerous path...
I signed the pledge because the basis of formulating effective public policy is agreeing on a verifiable set of facts, and then holding public officials/candidates accountable for what they say and do to address public policy issues/problems.
Frank MerrittUniversity of Chicago - Department of Physics
Laura Hazelton JonesLinkedin
Sattva NeelapuUniv. of TX Medical Center Faculty Profile
David MoshmanStar Trek on The Truth of the World
As the author of Epistemic Cognition: The Psychology of Justification and Truth, I recognize that truth is not always what it seems and is not easily achieved, but commitment to truth remains as important as ever.
James DolanFaculty Website
Joel TarrFaculty Website
Peter NyikosMy departmental home page at the Univ. of South Carolina
I have long stood for the things the pledge is based on. In particular, I have publicly supported those who behave in the manner supported by the pledge, and corrected many who have published or posted inaccurate, misleading, or false statements. Two examples: (1) I sent corrections to the original English translator the great pro-truth work, The Gulag Archipelago by Solzhenitsyn, of two footnotes in which he was relying on secondhand information about El Campesino and Bertrand Russell, by sending photocopies of statements each had written in books on the Soviet slave labor system and (2) I sent Peter Singer a correction of his ill-advised public statements in The New York Review of Books about the quality of life of Baby Jane Doe, using a photocopy of a column by Nat Hentoff in The Village Voice explaining how Baby Jane Doe was doing quite well. I also offered to debate Dr. Singer in private e-mail, an offer he respectfully declined.
Boye OgunseitanFaculty Website
Judith BusterThe Ohio State University
Charles HaynesMGH Institute of Health Professions Faculty Profile
Christopher BehrensUniv. of WA Medical School Faculty Profile
Misinformation is the favorite tool of tyrants and demagogues.
Richard GomerFaculty Website
Allen TsangWake Forest School of Medicine Faculty Profile
Steven KatzUniv. of MI Medical School Faculty Profile
The Pledge has value.
Melissa MartinBallotpedia LinkedIn
I whole-heartedly agree in the need to keep our public discourse accountable to the truth of the matter, especially those among those in positions of public trust and confidence. These are basic expectations of a healthy, functioning society.
I signed because facts matter. A fact is a fact and a lie is a lie.
Lee MangoldFacebook Ballotpedia
We need leaders who believe in truth and honesty above all. If my pledge can encourage others to subscribe to a higher standard as well then we can start to make some real progress!
Jonathan NewellRensselaer Polytechnic Institutite Faculty Profile My Website
David TK HayesBallotpedia Twitter
We need more truth in politics, and I have no affiliations - I am running to represent the needs of the people, not partisan values. America has departed from the truth sadly and it is getting worse.
We need to bring integrity back into our politics.
48th Legislative District DemocratsFacebook 48th LD Democrats
Agreed-on standards of truth are essential for all societies. As a technological society based on objective science we cannot survive as we are without adhering to objective truth.
Joseph ShammasBallotpedia - Ran for U.S. House to represent the 29th Congressional District of California Twitter Facebook
This pledge is consonant with my highest values, vision, interests and ideals.
Fred AdlerFaculty Website
Vladimir IvanovicACM Digital Library Citations Linkedin
Not only is it ethically the right thing to do, but we cannot hope to make good decisions without knowing the truth.
Douglas AdamsonUniv. of AZ Faculty Profile
Truth is the only way to ensure a brighter future.
Thomas SherryTulane University
Our campaign is about ending lobbyist influence, cutting the deficit, and restoring trust in our government. Those efforts need organizations, such as PTP, to hold candidates and elected officials accountable. I welcome any effort to place math and objectivity before political talking points and exaggerated narratives.
Robert Pendleton MD, PhDBallotpedia
I want to elevate the level of political debate, and break through bipartisan congressional gridlock rhrough compromise
United.vote is working towards smarter and more accountable governance, and actively promotes truth in public discourse.
Jeffrey D. BurumBallotpedia
I believe in duty, honor, country through integrity.
Alan ReynoldsFacebook LinkedIn Ballotpedia
I signed the pledge because to me it is common sense and common decency. As an engineer there are no ways around facts, and in news and politics there should not be either.
Corey UhdenFacebook Twitter
Policy does not have a bias unless you do. We should have passionate, but civil, debate about policy and principles without resorting to smears and innuendo. We need a de-escalation of discourse, not more heated rhetoric, and we should all strive to limit our discussions to what we know instead of jumping to conclusions.
Kurtis WilsonBallotpedia LinkedIn
I ran for U.S. House of Representatives, Congressional District 23 | California. I am a progressive individual with a long history of helping others. Among the many values I learned growing up, the two that come to mind are Honor thy Mother and Father, and Love thy neighbor. If I were to translate these virtues to match today’s political climate, I would have to say it means, “Protect Social Security” and “Healthcare is a Right” As a progressive democratic candidate, I pledge to represent with pride and will continue to stand strong against corruption, be bold enough to ask tough questions in search of solutions to make life in America better for all Americans, and most importantly, be reliable enough to follow through on my commitment to uphold the U.S. Constitution, and never turn my back on the constituents of my district once I am elected office. I am ready to do my part to form a more perfect union. Together, we will get America back on track.
Widespread false information is a threat to democracy and an educated electorate.
Nils PalssonBallotpedia LinkedIn
I stand with our people (ALL of us) and the home planet we share. I stand for social, racial, environmental and economic justice for all. I believe that medicare for all, college affordability, campaign finance reform, real peace, racial justice, and solutions to the great crises of our time (including income inequality and climate chaos) are not only possible, but necessary. Right now. We stand at a crossroads, and I trust our collective wisdom to do what is right. And win, lose or draw, there is one thing I’m determined to do above all else: Tell the truth! This is precisely what is missing from our political system today. The scientific facts of climate change, the statistics of wealth inequality, the indisputable evidence of our common humanity, the collective challenges we face, and the proven common-sense solutions that exist, are all enshrouded in a thick web of corporate propaganda, media misinformation, partisan posturing and other obfuscations. The truth will set us free!
Xiaoqing Claire Rong-MullinsLinkedIn
Free Intelligent ConversationsWebsite Facebook
We\'ve taken the Pro-Truth Pledge because we think upholding these principles will help us facilitate the best conversations we can
Alex SparreboomOSU Faculty Profile
Akinyemi AgbedeVote Smart Bio
Because it is the right thing to do.
Melinda HillFaculty Website
Melanie BrodnikOSU Faculty Profile
As an academic I am committed to truth and transparency in leadership at all levels of government and in the work setting.
James BradleyBallotpedia LinkedIn
We cannot change the United States without bringing Integrity, Truth, Morality, Diplomacy and Family Values. We have seen the result of the current and past elected officials that has lost their way. We are faced divisions that are legion and we must vote in new officials that embody those attributes that make our nation great.
The truth should guide every elected official and their decision-making. In my 13 years of elected office, the truth has been my compass and will always be so. The truth is the most powerful weapon we have and the public should demand it from each and every candidate and elected official.
Christopher GecikOSU Profile
Kurtis WilsonFacebook LinkedIn Kurt for Congress 2018
I am a candidate running for U.S. House of Representatives, Congressional District 23 | California. I am a progressive individual with a long history of helping others. Among the many values I learned growing up, the two that come to mind are \"Honor thy Mother and Father\", and \"Love thy neighbor\". If I were to translate these virtues to match today’s political climate, I would have to say it means, “Protect Social Security” and “Healthcare is a Right” As a progressive democratic candidate, I pledge to represent with pride and will continue to stand strong against corruption, be bold enough to ask tough questions in search of solutions to make life better for all Americans, and most importantly, be reliable enough to follow through on my commitment to uphold the U.S. Constitution, and never turn my back on the constituents of the 23rd District of California. I am ready to do my part to form a more perfect union. Together, we will get America back on track.
Shaoyan ZhangPlantPath Department of Plant Pathology
Paula GottliebMy website
Hamilton County Green PartyHamilton County Ohio Green Party LinkedIn Southwest Ohio Green Party
.... because public policy should be made based on the facts.
Shan BakerPhysician Website
Anna LysakowskiResearch Gate Profile LinkedIn
I’m a scientist, so I’m committed to the search for truth.
Helen JoynerUniv. of Idaho Faculty Profile
People need accurate information to make informed decisions and solve current global challenges
Anthony CoriglianoSJFC People Directory
Dr. Edward LordanWest Chester Univ. Faculty Profile
One America MovementWebsite
At a time of great fractures in our country, it\'s critical that we seek the truth. The One America Movement\'s work to bring Americans together across divides to address pressing social issues is rooted in the belief that we can seek truth together despite our differences. We\'re proud to sign the Pro-Truth Pledge and model truth-seeking as an organization as we encourage it in others.
Barbara CheremUniversity of Michigan - Flint
Caroline KeenanFaculty Website
Elizabeth GroffTemple Univ. Faculty Profile
Lawrence FentonSanford Health
Masoud MoallemRockford Univ. Faculty Directory
Lies chisel at the foundations of democracy.
Henry Lesnickhenry lesnick, u.s.education and the new jim crow
Thomas J. MasonFaculty Website
Thomas StiboltHealth U.S News
Mark AndrewsAcademic website LinkedIn
I signed the pledge because as a scientist, an educator and an publicly elected official, I understand that the truth is the most important tool we have to combat ignorance and prejudice.in our society and the world.
Rainer GlaserFaculty Website
William PalmerPoemeleon Website
Brandon LaFavorAcademia.edu Profile
Kenneth JonesFaculty Website
John KerekesFaculty Website
Joel ShapiroRutgers Department of Physics and Astronomy
Miguel A. De La TorreIliff School of Theology Faculty Profile
Dan LevineUT Arlington
James FarrellFaculty Website
John W. BarkerFaculty Website
Paul LuceFaculty Website
Gislin DagnelieFaculty Website
Jerry KoehlerFaculty Website
David LehrFaculty Website
Charles BahnBrentwood Christian Church Website
Jon HoekstraFacebook LinkedIn
As a science teacher for non-majors, I encourage students to take evidence seriously, and I want to make it clear that I hold myself to the same standard. I like the emphasis on truthful BEHAVIORS that help us gather around the campfire of enlightenment. If the pledge said I would never make a mistake or get something wrong, I would not sign! But I do promise to try my best to share, honor, and encourage truth.
Douglas GentileInternational Society for Research on Aggression
As a scientist studying a topic that gets heated opinions (e.g., media violence and aggression), it has been very distressing to see the country slide into an anti-science approach, where all opinions are seen as equally valid to years of strong scientific evidence. Certainly everyone gets to have their own opinions, but not all opinions are supported by science, and therefore not all opinions are equal.
Nader RahimiBoston Univ. School of Medicine Faculty Profile
Truth is an ultimate currency of the humanity, without it we are all animals and democracy erodes.
EthicsGame is committed to transforming ethics education as we equip people to master the game of life. Commitment to telling the truth regardless of whether or not it is convenient or matches a preferred world view is essential for creating ethical cultures and communities. That is why we are taking the pledge.
Traci MannFacebook The Mann Lab at the Univ. of Minnesota
How important is truth to me? I had the Hebrew word emet — which means truth — tattooed on my arm. I am horrified by the flagrant violation of truth and fact in the current administration.
David HunterUniv. of Minnesota Medical School Faculty Profile
I signed the pledge because of my revulsion of the lack of civility and truth in modern discourse.
Peter RickardsFacebook Peter Rickards Ballotpedia
I offer $1,000 to anyone finding ANY lie or exaggeration from me on my website or in my 30 years of citizen action. So signing a Truth Pledge is a no brainer. I ask all politicians to offer $1,000 for any lie they tell to show they will always tell the truth, the WHOLE truth, and nothing but the truth, so help me God.
There are worse things than the truth.
Ryan SkinnellTwitter Imprint Academic Faculty Profile My website
I value truth in the public square, and I think we should do what we can to support and encourage it.
Robert LustigFacebook LinkedIn My Website
There is only one dogma. There is no dogma. That is why it is called re-search. Science moves the ball forward. Anything less than truth regresses us back to the Dark Ages, where dogma ruled.
Thomas MooreFaculty Website LinkedIn
Truth-telling is a crucial foundation of a democratic, civil, and humane society, but it has become undervalued (and cynically unexpected) in our recent culture. I would like to see public figures and institutions become more accountable for and honored for being scrupulously truthful.
Sherman LewisFaculty Website
Yoon KimFaculty Website
Richard W. OlsenFaculty Website
M. Robert HamersleyFaculty webpage
Civil discourse based on verifiable evidence and reason is the best way to establish a common ground that can be used for social decision-making.
Natalie PurcellFaculty Website
Pamela RonaldCrop Genetics Innovation.org UC Davis Faculty Bio Tomorrow's Table: Organic Farming, Genetics, and the Future of Food
Rolla LewisCal State East Bay Faculty Directory The Taos Institute - Lifescaping
I signed this pledge because the current public discourse lacks credibility where lies are not confronted. There can be many differing perspectives regarding the truth, but lies undermine the credibility of any civil discourse.
Professor Robin ErbacherFaculty Website
Merlin LarsonUniv. of California, San Francisco Faculty Profile
Katherine Turner-PearsonFacebook LinkedIn Ballotpedia
Honesty matters. It is time political figures tell the truth.
Lloyd Stanley DurkinWebsite
Kathryn PhillipsUniv. of California, San Francisco Faculty Profile Linkedin
Giacomo BonannoUniv. of CA at Davis Faculty Bio
Charles ChubbFaculty Website
Frank ScavoTwitter LinkedIn
To give all persons involved in the American way of life, the truth and facts to make solid decisions. By not omitting or under reporting on the issues, I believe I can help change hearts and minds with logic and truth. That is why I join Pro Truth Pledge today.
The truth matters in (re)building public trust in government.
Armando GamboaFacebook Twitter Act Blue
I want to keep my campaign as transparent as possible for all my voters.
E. Richard StiehmUCLA Medical School Directory
Asha RaoCal State East Bay Faculty Directory
I signed the pledge because I do not want to live in post truth era. Our current President and his administration have taken us down the rabbit hole into a bizarre world where truth does not seem to exist. We need fact based decision making and some regard for truth.
Robert SmithOSU Faculty Directory
I signed this pledge because the truth matters in all aspects of our lives.
William H ShawFaculty Website
Fake news is prolific and profoundly disruptive of the American justice system. We must attack the issues or face a world of untruths as truth and lies as approval.
Laura EcksteinFor Union County, OR District Attorney
I am committed to transparency and accountability to repair and maintain the public trust, as I view myself as a public servant.
I believe that truth and honesty is essential for good goverment and a fair and just society.
I believe that government institutions are obligated to use facts and sound reasoning as the basis of public policy and to call out and hold as false those policy arguments that are based on lies, errors and specious reasoning. By signing this pledge I have only formalized the way I have been living my adult life anyway.
Cheryl NunnFacebook LinkedIn Ballotpedia
Honesty, integrity and character matter. Without these attributes, how can the public trust their leaders to do what they say they will do? I never thought I would run for an elected office and I am a grandmother now that needed to adopt little girls rather than have them go into foster group homes. Yet I cannot watch the turn of events since Trump was elected, and not step up to represent the 99%.
I learned of this effort during a candidate forum. I am a scientist (veterinarian) and committed to truth, factual discourse, and honest debate based on those.
Patrick TearneyPolitical newcomer poised to join Port Washington Common, WI Council - Ozaukee Press article City of Port Washington
Robert SchwartzBallotpedia -for District 6 of the Oregon State Senate.
I took the PRO TRUTH PLEDGE because I believe in Democracy, and that requires transparency and accountability from our elected officials. Americans deserve representatives that value honesty and integrity.
AJ HolmesFacebook Instagram My website
I feel that those in public service or elected positions need to speak the truth on and off the record, and they should be held accountable for their claims.
I live my life by speaking the truth and would expect that in return. I want to be part of changing the view and culture of elected leaders.
We need to recognize that we are all Americans and that the pervasive political polarization and lying undermines our democracy.
Michael HunterFacebook Ballotpedia
scientific study, capable of peer review need to be considered above emotional suppositions.
I signed the ProTruth Pledge because I believe that civil, truthful political discourse is the best way to resolve our differences, solve our problems and unite as Americans.
I believe these are unprecedented times and that it is imperative that candidates and elected officials tell the truth! There is too much deceit circulating and citizens have lost faith in their Representatives. I want to change that! We shouldn\\\'t have to second guess whether or not officials are telling the truth and looking out for our best interest.
Phillip WileyVote Smart Bio Ballotpedia
I feel that as political figures we need to tell the people why we vote the way we do and to let them know how we will act on issues that affect them.
Public officials need to listen, to research, to be willing to learn truths that do not conform with their beliefs. My beliefs are well summarized by former Army Gen. Martin Dempsey – former chairman of joint chiefs of staff who said, If you are a leader, you must commit yourself to learning. And if you really commit yourself to that, you can’t simply be satisfied with reinforcing what you already know; you have to stretch yourself out in order to truly learn. Which allows you to do what’s most important as a leader today, and that is you must be a sense maker for those who follow you. And I say that because if leaders in the environment I’ve been describing have an obligation to help you make sense of things, to clarify, not confuse. I will do that.
I am a firm believer that truth & transparency will lead to trust by the citizens of our county. It is time that politicians are open, honest and compassionate.
It is time we use a balanced, evidence-based approach in our government. It is time we come together as citizens and work for what is right and true and just.
Vera MillerHuntington Herald Dispatch article
I believe in integrity and well-informed decisions.
Truthfulness in Everything should be a given.
Ryan WattsBallotpedia LinkedIn
It is time to restore balance and accountability in Washington D.C. - facts matter. And our leaders have a duty to lay out information fairly, explain our decision making, and communicate with constituents without misinformation.
So much of the divisiveness in our public discourse of our current issues of governance are caused by misinformation being disseminated in the public media. I am running for Representative to Congress in the 9th District as a small businessman, farmer, and healthcare professional to restore integrity to this leadership role. Speaking Truth to Power requires diligence and reflection prior to making public pronouncements. I am extremely grateful to the strong supporters of my effort to serve the constituents of the new 9th District through their constant sharing of information and fact checking with my campaign, enabling me to speak with confidence and clarity on our issues that matter.
Honesty and integrity are the foundation of good character. We must all do our part to hold ourselves, our elected officials and public figures accountable.
Stephanie KempAuthor Profile - Through an Unforgettable Storm
Brandon CokerRan for Clay County, NC Sheriff
“It’s beyond disconcerting that we must coerce elected officials to tell the truth. When I entered the political arena, I did so with an unwavering commitment to advancing the fundamental ideals of honesty and uprightness. I’m happy to sign this pledge, and any others that advance the mission of holding government accountable.”
Ed EichenlaubTwitter Ballotpedia - Ran District 40 of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives
As a dedicated husband, father, and community leader I am appalled by the outright lies politicians will tell in order to keep the perks of public office. I am not interested in perks, patronage, or political posturing. I am committed to the kind of public service and constituent outreach that voters in my district will be proud of. Signing this pledge affirms that belief.
Jack OliverCPA Academy Ballotpedia - ran for District 50 of the West Virginia House of Delegates Picket Fences Realty
I always try to tell the truth.
Monica AddingtonFacebook LinkedIn Ballotpedia - Ran for District 41 of the West Virginia House of Delegates
Because I believe in serving with honesty and integrity and transparency.
Renate PoreFacebook Ballotpedia
Our politics are polluted with distortions and lies. We need to promote civil discourse to save our democracy.
Because I am sick of Elected Officials telling us one thing then doing another. We need truth to the people and bring back integrity to the elected positions.
In the age of 24-hour news for ratings and rampant sharing of misleading or purely fabricated social media posts, the seeking of truth is more important than ever. It is our duty to ourselves and to society to constantly search for truth, to challenge those who knowingly spread untruths or unsubstantiatable claims, and to be willing to admit when our own truths are shown to be wrong. When I entered medical school, one of the first things we were told was, You will learn a lot in the next four years, and 50% of it will be wrong. Only by continually examining evidence and drawing rational conclusions can we find truth. As a physician, my credibility depends upon my telling my patients the truth. As I enter the political arena, the importance of telling the truth to those I hope to represent remains a top priority. If you tell the truth, you do not have to remember anything. (attributed to Mark Twain, but I cannot prove those were actually his words).
I signed the Pledge because I believe in Truth in the election process. Too many people use lies about their stand on issues, use false facts and figures to promote themselves and wrongly spread untruths about their opponents.
Wendy BirdBerkeley County, WV Schools
I took the pledge because I have heard many false statements being told at forums and have been become very wary of the politicians.
I am tired of lies and half-truths from our so-called leaders!
We live in a society that is increasingly based on emotions and not facts. Facts should lead emotions, not the reverse. In building my website, paulbonhamforus.org, I was dedicated to citing factual information and direct quotes. My family motto is Esse Quam Videri: to be rather than to seem.
Jim MeredithBallotpedia LinkedIn
I signed the pledge because it is the right thing to do. If we are to have a functioning Democracy, citizens must have honest and true information on the basis of which they can make good informed decisions at the ballot box.
I believe that it is necessary to renew trust in our government institutions. I am concerned that too many people assume ill motives to those in office and those seeking office. I believe that our legislators probably seek office, as I do, with the most sincere desire to serve the public. I believe that most stay that way. Sadly, there are some corrupted elected officials who lose their way. All of us need to do better and remember that we must seek to serve our constituents in our own districts and in the greater State of National governments.
I took the pledge because I want to challenge all public figures to focus more energy on sharing complete and truthful information in an effort to ensure the public is well informed and able to distinguish fact from fiction.
It is so easy to be fair, honest and truthful.
Cameron Chick SrFacebook
The truth matters to all of us.
I signed the pledge because I will be honest with voters.
I agree with clarity and transparency as the best basis for complex decisions.
I believe a man is only as good as his word and I commit to honesty in all areas of my life.
Patrick FitzsimmonsRan for District 2, Buncombe County, NC Commission
Quincy Kofi SwatsonFacebook LinkedIn Remakelearning.org
I am taking this pledge to ensure truth; not convenience as the basis of policies and agenda absent of hidden motives.
Ezra NanesFacebook Twitter My Website
I signed the pledge because in order to make real progress we need to work together. When we hold ourselves accountable to evidence, scientific consensus and fact we ensure that we remain open to points of view other than our own. I hope to move beyond our current divisions and lead us towards a vision.
I signed the pledge because the truth must be told. We do not need half truths or fake news.
Donna EnsleyCitizen-Times Article
I signed this pledge because as a Rotarian I pledge to evaluate everything I think, say or do by the 4-way test. 1) is it the truth? 2) is it fair to all concerned? 3) will it build goodwill and better friendships? 4) will it be beneficial to all concerned. As an elected official I will bring that level of accountability to my position.
Tommy JordanFacebook Website
One of the things that causes the most harm in my opinion is politicians and media spouting something they read on Facebook as a fact without being able to quote a source. If you cannot quote a reputable source (and at least two of them) to support your stance with statistical data, then it is nothing more than an opinion and should not be misused to mislead the public.
I signed the pledge as it is written in John 8:32: Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.
We need accountability from all.
I signed the Pro Truth Pledge because the integrity and sanctity of our democracy is predicated by promoting policies and information that are grounded in truth and facts. It is important that we lead the way in demonstrating unfettered respectful, honest, and civil discourse as global leaders.
Robert CruseNorth Brunswick, NC Magazine Article
Laci LeBlancFacebook My Website
I signed the pledge because, while everyone has their own opinions, there is only one version of the truth. In order to understand the issues we are facing and affect any real change, we must begin with the facts. Operating from a basis of truth levels the playing field and encourages meaningful public discourse. If we cannot agree on facts, we cannot even begin a conversation.
Rob RhoderickBallotpedia Twitter
Accountability and transparency are the cornerstones of representative democracy. Voters are tired of divisiveness, inaction, and the proliferation of misinformation. I want to be an active part of the solution, so I am signing the Pro-Truth pledge to affirm my commitment to serving the public with honesty and integrity.
Larry PhillipsSurrey County, NC Commissioner
Good public policy is policy that is rooted in factual information. In an age of misinformation, we must continually challenge our presuppositions and seek truth.
David OwenCaswell County, NC Commissioners
I signed this pledge because our citizens deserve to hear the facts on both sides of all issues and not just those used to sway opinion in one direction. I will diligently work to uphold these principles and demand others do as well.
Peter FrayTwitter LinkedIn University of Technology Sydney Faculty Directory
There is no other viable option than to be pro truth.
Mike EllisonBallotpedia LinkedIn
As a pro-science candidate with a background in STEM, I have an ethical and moral responsibility to spread honest, factual information.
Shannon SouzaBallotpedia LinkedIn
Truth and accuracy in our leaders is absolutely essential for a healthy Democracy.
Keith ColtonBallotpedia VoteSmart.org
I signed the pledge because I believe in truth and honesty based on biblical principles.
Telling the truth is the very foundation of Honor, Integrity and Character.
It seems that we are being constantly fed a barrage of misinformation, whether intentionally or not, that is seriously contributing to our political stagnation in this country.
America is tired of the Washington Establishment which feeds nothing but lies and, false information to the public. I am running for the people and, not the establishment.
Raz Mason, MDiv, MAPSBallotpedia LinkedIn
I signed the pledge because I know that calm, courageous attention to the truth is what moves our society and communities ahead, one step at a time. In this time of widespread anxiety, some real, much manufactured, our best solutions arise from working with what IS. As a candidate for Congressional District 2 in Oregon, representing mostly-rural Eastern and Southern Oregon, I get to represent people from across the political spectrum. I build bridges between red and blue - this makes me the deep-purple candidate. I know process is as important, and often more important, than content. A mathematics degree and experience as a science teacher inspire me to live out this pledge with integrity each day. Thanks to all who have signed the pledge, and tell others about it! The Pro-Truth Pledge is an important tool for how we make genuine progress in each of our groups, communities, and societies.
Peter WrightMy Blog
I am hoping this will persuade people to do what they should have been raised to do - be honest. Good work. Keep it up.
In this world controlled by corporate greed we must not be afraid to speak truth to power.
Humza H RashidFacebook Twitter
I have experienced users on facebook, twitter etc., having been easily taken to accept lies as truth because such people generally do not carry much time on doing research on a fact placed before them. This culture to manipulate and control people with pack of lies must come to end. Appreciate the cause!
Randy J. BarliBallotpedia
Steve SnellFacebook LinkedIn
I signed the pledge because the extreme rhetoric is tearing the nation apart. We desperately need to work toward restoring faith in our democracy by being responsible citizens and, in my case, an honest candidate.
Andrew SaturnFacebook Twitter
Too many candidates rely upon sketchy information, rumors, or misinformation to win over voters. My campaign will be about facts and honesty. We will fact check everything and make sure no number or piece of information is incorrect.
Anthony SposatoBallotpedia Twitter
I want to represent taxpayers first and do the best for the community that I represent and for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. If I make a mistake I will acknowledge it. My belief is that public officials do not know everything. So, my plan is to gather the facts measure the positive or negative impact of a decision and only act if it has a positive effect.
Jay BrenemanFacebook LinkedIn My Website
I pledge to join in the fight against misinformation used to manipulate policy and the public.
Robert BerthaFacebook Twitter My Website
It is extremely important for politicians to be truthful. I am taking this pledge to show the people of Pennsylvania that I am an advocate for the truth.
Jim GregoryFacebook Hollidaysburg School Board Altoona Mirror article
I am a journalist by trade and education. I am embarrassed to say I am a journalist because of how truth in journalism has disappeared. I am also a person who works a 12 step program to live. I cannot live that life by not telling the truth in my personal life.
Voters must be encouraged to be informed.
In order to go forward in life. You must be truthful with yourself and with the public. Everyone deserves the truth.
William MerrellPeters Township School Board
All person in public office should do nothing less than promising to tell the public the truth.
I believe the American citizens deserve to know the truth about candidates running for election.
Jim WertzFacebook LinkedIn
As an educator, I have encouraged my students to engage society with critical thought, asking them to consider the sources of their information, the opinions of their friends, and the validity of the world in which they live; and I hope that I have helped them acquire the tools to live a life rooted in fact and fairness. As a candidate, I will honor those standards of public discourse and civility as my contribution to the political process.
I am an accountable officer holder and encourage all candidate, campaign staff and office holders should have honesty and integrity.
Our enemies are not fellow Americans with different political beliefs. Too many times we have seen misinformation enter into out political process, often from oversees interests who are trying to divide us.
Craig BowdenFacebook Twitter Website
I have always tried to be honest in what I say. I am asking the state of Utah to trust me. In order to do that, I need to be truthful in all I say.
Jeffrey WhippleWebsite Facebook Instagram
I signed because I believe in honesty, and in facts. I have already committed to run a campaign based only on verifiable fact, so signing this pledge was a no-brainer.
Finding truths, sharing them, and utilizing them is the only way we can progress in society and s humanity. Deceit and lies are oppressive and undemocratic.
Danielle ShepherdDanielle Shepherd PhD
Voters deserve to have elected officials who can be treated as reliable resources for information. I hope that by taking the pledge that I help to repair the damage caused by untruthfulness and outright lies. Hopefully, this pledge will be one of many steps to rebuilding trust between constituents and elected officials.
Natasha Hadrych-RosierFacebook LinkedIn Twitter
I believe in living my life as honestly and ethically as possible. Even the things in my life that I have done and I am not proud of, have helped me to become the person I am today. So, I live my life the way I want to be remembered and try to pay-it-forward as I go.
Felicia Washington RossVote Smart Bio
I want my constituents to Know that I am running because I am a person that believes in the TRUTH
Ginger BockFacebook Twitter My Website
I signed the pledge because I believe that voters deserve to base their votes upon accurate information.
Katrine LancasterJudge Elect of the Court of Common Pleas - Clark County, OH Judicial Votes Count Bio
Accountability, integrity, truthfulness and common decency should be required of all public officials.
Marcus RechBallotpedia Twitter
The people deserve the truth and the recent scandals here on the state level in Ohio have proven that even more.The people also deserve to know about the corruption and it should be exposed.
Gleb has his heart in the right place and with the attack on the truth today, I signed because I want him to know that I support his efforts. For the record, it feels odd to promise to do the obvious.
Stuart ArmstrongOxford Experts Directory
Aaron GodfreyFacebook Twitter
I signed the pledge because I believe in being upfront and honest with the people, and plan to do exactly that when elected.
Alex EdmansTEDx talk From Post-Truth to Pro-Truth
I signed the pledge because truth is extremely important in the post-truth world of today. We listen to single anecdotes not large-scale evidence (and indeed business school case studies and books encourage storytelling); we accept evidence only if it agrees with our pre-conceived viewpoint; and we rarely scrutinise the rigour of evidence - what matters is whether we agree with it, rather than whether it is robust.
Larry Carter CenterFacebook Twitter
I have always told the truth about USA UN war and victims. ....as an American Atheist it is critical for world peace and public education to expose theocratic fraud and genocide. Science is peer reviewed so should all faiths
Tom (Big Daddy) DwyerFacebook The Big Daddy Road Show Website
A few months back - I started a show online called Real Talk with Big Daddy to tackle real-life issues - I enjoy talking with people (always trying to understand different points of view) I like to help people in a bind or in a rough patch in life, we have all been there - right? Basically - I would rather the truth - it seems to me, better to deal with reality (Hard Truths) no matter what.
I signed the pledge because I am a believer in truth. Facts are extremely important and must be supported with credible sources. Our elected leaders have a responsibility to convey accurate information that is supported by credible sources to their constituents.
Information is sacred and should not be used to deceive or manipulate people. An informed public is vital to a functioning Republic, and we all have to do our part stop the spread of fake news and misleading information.
Ed MccantsMarion Star article Wikipedia
Like my heros the truth takes a lofe sacrafice. I am committed to a wholesome truth of the humanitarian constructs only.
Gerald YearginTaos News Article
I want to combat the rising tide of disinformation.
Cherrvale Daily NewsTwitter
Karen TrujilloFacebook Twitter website
I signed the pledge because as a public figure I think it is important to be an example of respectful, honest communication.
I believe our citizens deserve to know the truth, especially from their elected officials.
Mick Shoemaker, Jr.Ballotpedia
Because honesty in politics is rare. I support your cause.
Antoinette ReyesFacebook My Website Twitter
I signed the pledge because I believe it is important that our decision makers create policies based on scientific facts. I believe it is important that our leaders are transparent, honest, and able to decipher facts from opinions.
Ken MilderLos Alamos County Post article Los Alamos County Assessor Website
I am an elected official who not supports truthfulness but also transparency. BTW, if anyone is curious about the email address I used, it was created as an initial email that I use until an organization proves to me that they do not spam, send unwanted solicitations, or distribute my contact information without my permission.
Susan Moran PalmerBallotpedia
I signed the Pro Truth Pledge because Ohio voters deserve a Congressional Representative who demands honesty and transparency in all that they do to represent them.
Paula Gomes MoreiraFacebook
Jennifer Gigi FergusonBallotpedia
I signed the pledge to encourage transparency and Candidacy that Voters can trust...
John TamburelloFacebook LinkedIn Twitter
I am a man on honesty and integrity who has always lived by a pro truth pledge
Lis RegulaFacebook Twitter Website
I am taking this pledge because our citizens deserve to have candidates and politicians who respect facts and who deal in the truth, instead of candidates and politicians who are willing to stretch the truth and spread misinformation and conspiracy theories.
Brett JosephFacebook Linkedin
I see this as a recognition that chronic lying and Soviet-style propaganda are becoming normalized in some sectors or our political landscape and that we need leaders who will speak out about this danger. I intend to do so. Even more insidiously, the polarization and dumbing down of our political discourse and reduction of complex policy issues to over-simplified binary choices has contributed to a dangerous failure of critical thinking. This failure is made far worse as our communications have become mostly mediated by our technologies, including social media, which creates an echo chamber effect that reinforces individual biases by selectively drawing attention to only that which confirms their existing beliefs. As a candidate I pledge to actively seek out the best available interdisciplinary evidence and listen to a diversity of views, and to engage in discourse with critical thinking and a willingness to be held accountable to the facts wherever they may lead.
Cassimir SvigeljFacebook Twitter My Website
I signed the pledge because I believe elected officials and civil servants should be open and accountable to their constituents and not beholden to corporations, lobbyists, or special interests.
Today I signed the Pro-Truth Pledge. By promising to differentiate fact from opinion, I hope to elevate the conversations I want to have with the citizens of Ohio District 32.
We need better political discourse in our nation both in terms of civility and accuracy. I signed the pledge because I am committed to creating that new discourse.
NewsThisSecond strives for the truth and reports the facts. We have never endorsed any political party or candidate.
I signed the pledge because elected officials and candidates need to be truthful with the public.
Bob Barker JrOur Campaigns Facebook Ballotpedia
I am sick of lying politicians who lie and i will not be one of them. I will not lie!
Brian FlickFacebook Dann Law Office
I took the pledge because I want to ensure transparency and honesty at all levels of government.
Matthew GuyetteFacebook Ballotpedia
Rational discourse is the bedrock of the democratic process. Without a set of verifiable facts; discourse and compromise become impossible. Demagoguery and fake news serve no legitimate purpose. They dumb-down our public debate and cause citizens to become disaffected and cynical.
Roger SayeghBallotpedia - was a 2018 Democratic candidate for District 18 of the California State Senate
Werner LangeArticle in the Vindicator Ballotpedia
You shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free.
WZBC 90.3 FMWebsite LinkedIn
There is no alternative to the truth. Truth gives us the opportunity to see the world and everything in and on it with clarity and form our own intelligent responses to change things for the better for everyone and everything. The power of truth knows no bounds, knows no fear and is the primary element of change.
Media In ActionTwitter Website
We are a Media Literacy Education project who recognise the importance of media literacy for a functioning democracy. By signing the pledge we hope to help combat misinformation and promote skills such as fact checking and researching the origins of a story.
Dr. Vanessa EnochBallotpedia
I value truth. I believe everyone should. It is sad in this day and age that people have lost sight of the importance of the dignity and honor in being truthful.
In order to make good decisions in any aspect of our lives, we need to know the truth. Lies and misinformation lead to poor decisions. People need to be able to trust that their public servants will be honest, so that we can make good decisions about the future of our nation. We have seen the way that untruths have negatively affected people when those untruths are used to develop public policy. It is time for that to end.
I would like to see more accountability in our administration and I believe that we must fight to uphold the truth at all times.
Dan McClellanBallotpedia LinkedIn
Politics has always frustrated me because identity politics have so often taken priority over concern for facts and for good governance. I am taking the pledge to signal that I consider integrity and honesty to be a priority, and so that I am held accountable for being truthful in all that I do and say as a candidate for office and as an elected official.
Ohio Cannabis Chamber of CommerceWebsite
I believe now is the time for the irrefutable science behind medicinal cannabis values be respected and recognized in society as a whole. The 80 years of propaganda about cannabis needs to end as well as the war on drugs. America needs to become a leader in this industry and not a third world follower.
Joseph SheltonFacebook My Website
It is important that all candidates and all elected people are 100% honest and open with the American People. Without honesty in our campaigns we will fall in support across the United States.
Brian HitchcockWorthington Rotary Club
Joseph SheltonFacebook Twitter Campaign Website
It is important all people either running for office or currently in office be open and honest about all their thoughts and what they are working for.
I signed the pledge because it matches my online persona and my real-life persona. Truth is becoming a precious commodity, and must be protected and expanded if we are to improve our political discourse.
Cory Kenneth BuottMy public Facebook profile My personal Facebook profile My professional profile (generally related to aviation)
cory. i hope you are not writing the truth. the truth is objective and only the dead are truly objective. peter. -Peter C. Newman wrote this to me, in December 2006. While this seemed true then, and I still agree in part, we have to ask the following questions: What is truth? What is alive/dead? While we have definitions of for both truth and dead -how do we know these definitions are true if we do not challenge them (logically) ourselves? In my exploration, truth carries subjectivity when there is human observer. What is most important here, in my opinion, is to establish as full an interdependent truth as possible -something that is common to all of our experiencing. Based on this, we have some fully interdependent agreement in a concept, prediction, or event. The truth is, I do not completely understand truth beyond letting the moment pass without applying any judgement, prediction, or comparison. But transparency and the criteria expressed in this pledge will help me do my best.
Gus Lyn-PilusoFacebook Website Twitter
Signing the Pro Truth Pledge was a no brainer. Democracy, justice, education, human flourishing, and the biosphere depend on the understanding of what is true. As a college professor and as board chair of the Centre for Inquiry Canada I understand that we must be committed to telling the truth and being willing to stand up and publicly admit if and when we are wrong.
Bernard LamborelleFacebook Twitter My Website
I want my readers and followers to trust that my books and the information I am sharing with them is based on verifiable evidence, and that they can hold me accountable to it.
Mike ClarkFacebook Twitter Website
Like you, I am put off by elected officials that purposely spread misinformation for the goal of raising money and getting elected. As a scientist, I have always sought the facts first before drawing conclusions. Those conclusions are based on sound reasoning skills. We need more people like me elected to public office that are honest and truthful. That is how we lead by example for future generations to follow!
Steven KavermanFacebook LinkedIn Tourism Champion
The truth is vital to a accuracy, to a fair and complete understanding of important issues that face our communities, to progressive political & social action, and to trusted, valued relationships; both in our personal and professional lives.
I have always believed in the truth, facts, and the importance of transparency. I believe so much that is broken in our world and in our government comes from dishonesty and selfishness. Corruption can be countered with truth.
Anything good and valuable must be rooted in truth.
Intrepid NewsletterWebsite Twitter
Since Intrepid Newsletter was created to bring thoughtful, unbiased, international news and lifestyle content to adventurous women, signing the pledge helps define our values and keep us accountable.
Alon GanonBeing Libertarian LinkedIn Twitch
Spreading the truth is important for the entire world to become a better place.
The Six PercentLiberal Bikers
The truth is the difference between light and dark, good and evil. The truth defines us. Without it. We are lost.
Mauri LongFacebook LinkedIn Website
To ensure our democracy, we must end the misinformation in the press and social media.
Soeren O. EkelundFacebook LinkedIn Personal Website
Without carefully checked information, the decisions we take are incorrect or at best lucky guesses, and progress is slow due to deceptions and lack of trust - I don\\\'t want to condemn anyone to live in a slow future built on lucky guesses when we can obviously do so much better!
Billy KovacsBallotpedia LinkedIn
I believe we need to bring statesmanship back into politics. We should base our decisions on facts, not hollow arguments based on idealistic beliefs. Our government should work for all Americans, and we should never compromise the truth for votes. This is how we restore the health of our democracy and move towards a brighter future for our country.
Sheldon KirkhamSalt Lake Tribune Article Facebook
I am opposed to the enactment of any law or policy which engenders the discrimination of people based on their sexual orientation or gender identity. Our society must jealously defend the recent advancements in protection for people of non-traditional lifestyles and identity.
Kathie AllenBallotpedia Twitter
It is impossible to make good policy decisions based upon inaccurate or misleading data. We who aspire to be public servants must uphold the truth both with respect to the ethics that guide our moral selves and with respect to science and evidence-based facts. Like many other people of science running for office in 2018, I stepped up to run because I care about the facts.signed the pledge because restoring truth and integrity to government is the most important issue for me. I am also a family physician trained in science who wants data-driven solutions to policy decisions. I am dismayed by the undermining of science and ethics exhibited by the Trump Administration.
The Columbian PostFacebook Twitter Our Site
It is the duty of journalists to question the motives of politicians, not to incorporate them as their own.
Miguel Angel Rosario LozadaFacebook Twitter Wix
Debemos enfocar nuestra recuperación en impartir procesos con la verdad como norte. Para que todos los países del mundo sean eficientes debemos establecer la verdad como la esencia de nuestro diario vivir.
Ravinder TaylorFacebook LinkedIn
Truth matters! The lack of truth today is causing way too many issues.
Atheism AnalyzedBlog Twitter
Without a belief in truth, other beliefs which are not true can flourish. Without truth there is no falsity and hence no possibility of lying. Under these intellectual conditions any moral stance can be taken (and changed at will) while claiming to be moral since the moral stance is chosen to match the individual\'s personal proclivities. This is moral and intellectual chaos, and is what we find in at least half of today\'s culture.
Attorney For FreedomFacebook Twitter The Attorneys For Freedom Law Firm
Marc J. Victor is an Arizona State bar certified specialist in criminal law who has been zealously representing clients in serious state and federal criminal law matters for well over twenty years. As a long time freedom activist, Mr. Victor is regularly invited to speak to audiences across Arizona on a variety of issues including ending the drug war, the rights of gun owners, the free market, criminal justice issues as well as a variety of other criminal law related issues.
Shahram VahdanyFacebook LinkedIn MWC News
Experienced Managing Editor with a demonstrated history of working in the media production industry. Strong media and communication professional skilled in News Writing, Breaking News, Documentaries, Editing, and Feature Writing.
MWC NewsFacebook LinkedIn MWC News – Media With Conscience
Our central aim is to be an important forum for intellectual battle, and firmly oppose any present or future forms of imperialism that can ultimately intervene in taking away our freedom. We sponsor diversity in our news coverage, yet remain true to issues of substance, encouraging debate so that thoughts and ideas are not just simplistically labeled as belonging to the “right” or to the “left”.
Peter HarrisonWebsite Short Introduction Video (30 Seconds) Facebook
I am a businessman, software engineer, and scientist, three areas of endeavor where reliable facts and evaluating those facts carefully lead to good decisions and successful outcomes. I believe good legislation and policy is advised by good science, not legislation that dictates what scientists can say or replaces them with industry lobbyists who advocate for short term profits that harm our population and future health. And, finally, I believe the Pro-Truth Pledge is a Pro-America Pledge because a nation built on deception cannot faithfully follow or defend our Constitution.
Mary WilsonVote Smart Bio Ballotpedia - was a 2018 candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 21st Congressional District of Texas.
I want candidates and elected officials to be held to high standards. We should be able to give straightforward answers to constituent questions. Currently, we have a president who has a tangential relationship with the truth, at best. It has caused confusion at home and abroad, making it difficult for policy makers to determine a consistent path. It is one thing to have a difference of opinion on policies and issues that matter to all of us, it is an entirely different thing when we cannot trust our elected officials or candidates. Our country deserves better and candidates need to deliver better.
Kevin Landers10 TV profile
It’s the right thing to do
As a community journalist, the truth is important to me; people look to me to provide the information they want and need to know.
Andrew TuckerFacebook Friar Tucker
Honesty and integrity are essential to forming faith and shaping the vocations of students, faculty, and staff here at Capital University and throughout our country.
Clay JonesPrism Podcast
CynthiaFacebook LinkedIn Word Carver
I work as a broadcaster and educator, and believe this is one of the most important issues of today.
As a candidate for the House and past candidate for NY state offices i have always run on the quote form Thomas Jefferson: The whole art of government consists in the art of being honest.
Jason Westin, MDScience Magazine article Ballotpedia - Ran for US House from Texas Univ. of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center - Faculty Bio
Abby HaferSpeaker profile
Frank PopperFacebook LinkedIn Rutgers
I teach city planning at Rutgers and Princeton Universities. I joined because it\'s obviously the right thing to do, for the nation and our institutions in general and our students and fields in particular.
The truth matters, it will set you free.
I am very worried about the lack of accurate factual information being used in the world today.
Dr. Hendrik BullensFacebook LinkedIn Dr. Hendrik Bullens
we have been suffering from too much stupidity already - time to fight back
Daniel Barth-JonesLinkedIn Columbia University
As a scientist dedicated to generating scientific evidence in support of scientific and evidence-based medical and public health systems in the U.S., I understand that we can not afford to undermine the importance of emphasizing our essential reliance on these critical concepts.
Dennis RobertsonCity Council of Tukwilawa
I believe in telling and hearing the truth.
Cameron GobleFacebook LinkedIn Blog
I signed the pledge because I want to support efforts to connect people and understand reality in meaningful ways.
Jake BellFacebook Twitter Website
I spent a lot of money to get a degree in journalism, then spent years watching how facts are twisted and outright ignored in the interest of fairness to both sides of a story. Objectivity and neutrality are not the same thing. We must hold our elected officials to a higher standard and demand truth.
Tim SnowUniversity of Rio Grande Library
Fake News Hurts Us.
Hispanic American FreethinkersWebsite
Dennis WilsonDennis Wilson Magic
Robert LamarFacebook LinkedIn Robert LAMAR’s Theatre of the MIND™
Having studied the conjuring arts for nearly fifty years, I have an understanding of how AND why people can become fooled, deceived, and be taken in by scams and fraudulent things (be it news, products, etc.). No matter how intelligent a person is, no matter their ability to critically think, anyone, under the right circumstances, can be deceived, and fall for a scam, fake news, or fraudulent behaviour. I work daily to arm myself, and to lessen the chance of me falling into such a predicament. I think it is incumbent for all of us to strive to expose and share the truth—factual and evidentiary truth—at all times. Therefore, this pledge—the Pro-Truth Pledge—is a wonderful way to share just that...the truth...the whole truth...and NOTHING BUT the truth.
Teesside Skeptics in the PubTeesside SitP LinkedIn Teesside Skeptics In The Pub
Society is under threat of damage with the spreading of lies and false news on social media. There has to be an effort to set standards for truth. This is a good start at recognising what has to be done.
Vote for EuropeFacebook
We are facing some of the most stupid and damaging actions by governments elected and maintained on the basis of lies. Vote for Europe works to support honest politicians who are willing to fight for the truth and help to stop the madness of Brexit.
Steven RettkeFacebook LinkedIn Rutgers Directory
Learning objective truths involving any subject area is the driving force determining most of my values and motivations in life.
Daniel RutleyLinkedIn Daniel Rutley Counselling Services
I am a psychotherapist and truth is paramount. Many clients have a difficulty distinguishing between facts and opinions and get caught up in fake news and often distrust reputable news sources.
SMART PoliticsSMART Politics Social Media Approaches for Respect and Tolerance (SMART) JoinSMART.org
SMART Politics is taking the Pro-Truth Pledge because democracy depends on the pursuit of truth.
Steven PomeroyTwitter Website
To move forward, we must first agree on where we are and where we've been. Today, that simple proposition is growing harder and harder. The world is an increasingly confusing place, but we have it in our power to make sense of it all if we pledge to think critically and listen. The Pro-Truth pledge could finally return us to a common set of facts, acknowledged by all.
Anna CesnjevarOSU Faculty Directory
Olga BourlinFacebook LinkedIn Institute for Science and Human Values
As editor of The Human Prospect, the journal for the Institute for Science and Human Values, our intent corresponds very much with the Pro-Truth practice of examining new scientific evidence, theories, and conclusions, as well as their impact upon and relationship to society, values, and ethics.
William M. LondonCalifornia State Univ., Los Angeles Faculty Directory
I signed the pledge because I believe that we need to assess trustworthiness of information, people, and organization based on careful assessment of truthfulness of claims made rather than on the basis of tribalism, ideology, or wishful thinking.
Stephan NeuhaussFacebook LinkedIn
I pledged because in our age of media confusion democracy is in real danger if we do not find ways to ensure a new level of honesty. Honesty and responsibility, also in self correcting mistakes, is an essential ingredient of an open civil society.
de Zilverster CoachingFacebook
Bich Ha PhamWebsite
Michele WuckerFacebook LinkedIn Twitter
I signed the pledge because the truth matters, even when we disagree with it.
Society for Humanistic MormonismWebsite
Nicholas WolfingerFacebook LinkedIn www.nicholaswolfinger.com
I signed the pledge because I am a college professor, and truthfulness is the bedrock on which all scholarly inquiry rests.
Siri TerjesenFacebook LinkedIn Website
Intellectual and scientific integrity is critical to advancing society.
Laurence SteinbergFacebook Twitter Website
If scientists don’t pledge to report the truth, who will?
Timothy SisemoreAnxiety and Depression Association of American Directory
As a scientist, I believe in representing reality as best as we can apprehend it and believe a society that bases its culture on reality will be more likely to thrive than one that edits and distorts it to conform to an ideology.
Natalie Obrecht LindemannFaculty page
Joshua SchwartzFaculty page
Michael StinzianoColumbus City Council President Pro Tem Twitter Ballotpedia -Franklin County Auditor Elect
Eric SchniterChapman University Faculty Directory
Justin KanewFacebook LinkedIn Website
Without truth, we have nothing. Making truth-based decisions is the only way we keep this country heading in the right direction, and with misinformation more prevalent than ever, a commitment to the truth is more important than ever.
Nik RokopFacebook LinkedIn My faculty website
I signed the pledge to join and support a diverse group of people who also make decisions and act on facts and truth as much as humanly possible.
Nathaniel MitchellGriffith University Directory
To make accurate assessments of states of the world, analysts and sociologists, scientists and laypersons require true and accurate information. Without true and accurate information, the decisions are made without informed knowledge (informed consent). Parties are agreeing to statements/ideas/stances without questioning their own positions and without appealing to rigour. This must not continue
Kevin KrahenbuhlResearch Gate
Cynthia BurackOhio State University Faculty Directory
Kristen TruempyFacebook LinkedIn
It is a worthy and timely initiative. I was approached by Dr Gleb Tsipursky and he stated that the podcast already adheres to the guidelines.
Casey DormanLost Coast Review
Donn KaiserMissouri State Faculty Directory
John JohnsonFacebook LinkedIn My Website
I am a scientist, engaged in a lifelong search for accurate and reliable knowledge about human beings and our place in the universe. As a member of the scientific community, I strive to discover what is true and I depend upon others to share their truthful accounts of their own research. But my mission is undermined by those who deny the current scientific consensus on any issue and spread disinformation about it simply because that consensus interferes with their personal and political interests or contradicts what their wishful thinking. I took the Pro-Truth Pledge to emphasize my own commitment to be truthful and to encourage others to be truthful as well.
Lauren GriffinTwitter My website
I signed the pledge because the politicization of facts, expertise, and information has a corrosive effect on our society and damages our democracy. Change has to start with us.
Daniel RodgerLondon South Bank University Faculty Directory
Stevan HarnadUniversity of Quebec Faculty Directory
Matt GreeneStonehill College Faculty Directory
Miriam ElmanSyracuse Univ. Faculty Directory
Adrian BangerterUnversite des Neuchatel
Fermenting OpinionsFacebook Website
Fermenting Opinions is a podcast hosted by David Popiden and James McVeigh. David works in special education and leans left politically. James is an attorney who leans right and identifies as a Libertarian. It is the mission of Fermenting Opinions to promote civil discourse in political debate in an attempt to bridge the political divide that is currently plaguing the United States. To promote this mission, Fermenting Opinions utilizes a traditional interview format that presents questions to guests from both sides of the political aisle. In essence, as David tells us at the start of every podcast, Fermenting Opinions is the podcast in search of a more palatable political ferment.
Thomas CushmanWellesley College Faculty Directory
Jeffrey ChalmersOhio State University Faculty Directory
Stephen HicksRockford University Faculty Directory
Andrew ShtulmanOccidental College Faculty Page
Emily VragaGeorge Mason University Faculty Page
David RandYale University Faculty Directory
I took the pledge simply because I believe in the mission behind it - truthful communication and action driven by rational thinking.
Laura HopkinsFacebook Website
I'm taking the Pro-Truth Pledge because truth is something that should never be taken for granted. I may have, at times, repeated something casually without checking its veracity or avoided acknowledging a fact because it was uncomfortable (like that one right there). By taking this pledge, I am prioritizing truth above pride and reminding myself that even if the world is not always honest, I can be if I try. I am acknowledging that finding the truth is not easy - millions of researchers dedicate their lives to that endeavor. It is worth aspiring to. Truth, fairness, and peace - all easy to advocate for, but in honesty, require work and perpetual vigilance to achieve.
Scott HazzardTwitter Podcast
After an interview with Gleb on my podcast, I was extremely ready to take this pledge. All public figures, politicians, and journalists, should be held to a higher standing when it comes to being honest with the public. It is our responsibility to be part of the solution. The state of the truth in this country is of utmost importance to our future as a nation.
Carrie-Ann BiondiMarymount Manhattan Faculty Directory
Adam ChalomKol Hadash Humanistic Congregation
Brian BarberKent State University Faculty Directory
Caroline BreitenbergerOhio State University Faculty Directory
Patrick BrownMy website
Geoff WaltonGoogle Scholar Citations
It is time to recognise that much of what is said in the media and by politicians is at best partial and at worst wholly inaccurate. If we teach people to automatically question every piece of information they read, in other words to become information and media literate we can help create a society which believes nothing unless it is properly evidenced, balanced and stated in a reasoned way. We can do this by giving people the tools of information and media literacy early in their educational career. In so doing we will enable people to build their own psychological immune system or \'cognitive firewall\' and begin to make them immune to the viruses of post-truth and alternative facts.
It is important for us to keep facts and science at the forefront of our culture.
Matthew SullivanOSU Faculty Profile
Russ AbbottCal State Univ., Los Angeles, Faculty Directory
Eugene BardachUniv. of Cal. at Berkeley, Faculty Directory
Daniel AclandUniv. of Cal. at Berkeley, Faculty Directory
Ginger WiremanFacebook Tri-City Herald Article
I pledge to tell the truth and work to make sure transparency is pro-actively achieved. Just because something is available online, does not mean it is transparent if no one can find it through a simple search.
With as many rumors and exaggerated lies being spread throughout the internet and television networks, it is important to be able to speak the truth and call out lies. It is equally important to admit when one has been duped, so that others can be spared from spreading falsehoods.
As a Writer and Educator, I took the Pro-Truth Pledge to declare my belief in the inimitable value of Truth. I believe that Truth is the only force capable of commandeering indifference for the sake of quelling apathy. In my field of Equine Welfare, the absence of factual information has served as a death sentence for tens of thousands of horses. Without transparency, it is impossible to determine an effective and ethical course of action. Hidden agendas veiled in half-truths are catalysts to promulgate cognitive dissonance. I believe in the goodness of people. I believe that informed and educated people will make better choices for humanity, our non-human co-habitants, and the environment. And, I believe with all my heart that the Truth, more than any other virtue, has the power to embolden us to create a kinder, freer, and more just future.
Patricia KowalskiUniv. of San Diego Faculty Directory
Anjelita CadenaChair of the Denton County Democratic Party Linkedin University of North Texas Faculty Directory
Ullrich EckerTwitter My website Research Gate
I study the impact of misinformation on people\'s memory, reasoning, and decision making, as well as ways to counteract misinformation. Fighting misinformation requires a concerted effort; thus we need initiatives like this one to build social norms around pro-truth behaviours, encourage people to to speak up whenever misinformation is encountered, and build trust in trustworthy source.
Reality is our common ground. By seeking true beliefs we can move forward together. See: https://en.wikiversity.org/wiki/Seeking_True_Beliefs
Miriam R. B. AbbottFacebook
The Note GazetteWebsite
Glenn Caz CazenaveFacebook
Tristan RaderFacebook Lakewood City Council Member
I took this pledge because we need accountable leaders who will be honest, forthcoming and transparent in their service to the community. With the constant attacks on journalism and truth, in general, we need to help work hard to restore the faith of the people in government and the media. Thank you for leading this charge and I am honored to sign the Pro-Truth Pledge!
I direct the Language Sciences Research Lab located inside of the COSI science museum: https://u.osu.edu/thebln/language-pod/ One of our goals is to help the public understand how science works and to promote a pro-science world.
I took the pledge because the truth is critical to the functioning of democracy. Anything less is a profound disservice to our society and the world.
Abdulrasheed Saleh MichikaFacebook
Cody BrewerMy podcast
Stefan RahmstorfFacebook Twitter Website
I welcome this pledge because it explicitly states key ingredients of an open, honest discourse that is seeking the truth. These points almost go without saying and (I assume) are taken for granted by most of us in academia. Nevertheless we are now increasingly faced with actors in public discourse who are not acting in good faith and who try to misinform. An example from my field of expertise is those who deny human-caused global warming by twisting and cherry-picking evidence. Therefore it is important to remind everyone of the basic ethics essential for an honest and productive debate, without which an open democratic society cannot thrive.
Gordon PennycookTwitter Website Website
I am a psychologist whose research has shown that analytic thinking helps inoculate against misinformation, fake news, and pseudo-profound bullshit. I support any effort that aims to get people thinking about truth and evidence.
Michael JaquishFacebook LinkedIn Website
Shane GreenupFacebook LinkedIn Website
Improving the accuracy of our knowledge does not happen by accident. It requires continuous effort. http://blog.rbutr.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/logo.png
My name is Chelsea Rustad, and I am a member of the Socialist Party USA. I was invited to take the Pro-Truth Pledge by a member of my local Olympia IWW, and felt it was a fantastic opportunity to emphasize the importance of critical thinking, citing sources, science-based expertise, and due diligence by all candidates and elected officials to represent facts and truthfulness to the best of their ability. I am of the opinion that extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence, because we have already witnessed the biased distortion of the facts in corporate media sources, lobbyist-influenced politicians under the control of big donors, lies of omission, and misleading clickbait floating around in social media. Therefore, all elected officials must demonstrate the integrity, impartiality, and forthrightness necessary to provide wise and informed leadership, and to make the right decisions for the future. The truth always matters!
College of CuriosityFacebook Twitter Website
Facts matter, and they're under attack by those who thinks their values are more important than objective reality. The College of Curiosity pledges to never knowingly share false information, and to correct any mistakes as quickly and as accurately as possible.
Yes We Can ColumbusFacebook Twitter Website
The leadership of Yes We Can Columbus support the mission of the Pro-Truth Pledge wholeheartedly! Fair, unbiased information can be difficult to find. This is particularly true in political campaigning at the local level where there are often only one or two news sources covering local politics, if any. Yes We Can Columbus is committed to making civic engagement more accessible in Columbus by raising awareness around issues that matter to working people. We want to our city officials tackling complex problems like income inequality and corporate welfare, police violence, climate change, and inequities in public education. To have this, we need an educated and engaged constituency. We are grateful to the Pro-Truth Pledge for promoting democratic values by holding politicians and candidates accountable to the truth.
I took the pledge because I want the people of Columbus to have access to fair, accurate information when making their voting choices in local elections.
I am taking the pledge because I believe everyone in Columbus deserves access to accurate information to inform their vote in local elections.
I took the pledge because I believe the people of Columbus deserve access to accurate information to inform their voting in local elections.
Jasmine AyresFacebook Ballotpedia
I think politicians should be accountable for the claims they make. City Council members should be giving weekly press conferences, and the city’s website should be more transparent.
I think we need to be honest about our challenges in order to build a better future. That is a commitment every public servant should be ready to make.
Tell the truth: sounds like a good idea.
Facts matter, and they're under attack by those who thinks their values are more important than objective reality. I, and the College of Curiosity pledge to never knowingly share false information, and to correct any mistakes as quickly and as accurately as possible.
Our Revolution: Salt Lake and Surrounding CountiesFacebook Twitter Website
We are taking the pledge because we, as a group, believe truth, in the media, politics, and our work as a group, is of utmost importance. By signing the pledge, we hope to help encourage our elected officials to join us in signing and holding each other accountable.
Adam DavisFacebook Ballotpedia
It is critical that in an era where the President is constantly lying about miniscule, easily disprovable things to disorient and distract us that we recenter our public discourse on facts and reality. Disagreements are not new, and will always be present, but these disagreements must be grounded in truth and facts. Only then will once again achieve the civil, high-minded discourse that seems to evade us at present.
I believe in data-based decision making and factual discussion. https://www.melissamanrow.com/
Sophia Hawes-TingeyMy Website
Tali BruceCottonwood Heights, Utah City Council Member
When our elected officials lie, it could really mean the difference between life and death. Our elected officials lied about the ACA for over 7 years. This lie has shaped public opinion and policy. We must hold our elected officials accountable when they do not tell the truth and support them when they do, even if it\'s not politically expedient to do so.
Thomas JichaMy website
I took the pledge as I am sick of seeing lies and deceit in the news, particularly on social media - it is all so depressing. On my podcast Amy Talks Politics, I address this regularly, as people believe a lot of fake news and updates that are not true.
I took the pro-truth pledge because I think misrepresentation of news and information by the media is a problem of ever-increasing magnitude. I want to support efforts to promote honesty in journalism and politics. I hope that more politicians will be encouraged to sign this pledge as more of their constituents sign on, and hopefully this will help hold them to a higher standard.
We face some tough problems in America, and knowing how to address them adequately requires first understanding them fully. To do so, we need honest and substantive discussion on all important issues, and not merely superficial and frequently argumentative partisan talking points. Unfortunately, those have become the norm, and we need to actively resist by behaving civilly, being willing to engage in discussions with those with whom we may disagree, and to hold our elected representatives responsible to do the same.
Enrique LescureEarth Organization for Sustainability
I became a political strategist because I value our representative democracy and the ideals democracy implies. For a democratic state to work, participants must promote open dialogue, consensus building, accountability, and a preference for truth. Rejection of truth, suppression, of science, and partisanship in spite of the facts are not conducive with justice, equitable representation for all, fact-based policy, or the best interests of the people. We have a moral responsibility to demand honesty from our elected officials, their consultants, and public figures who play a major role in writing our social and political narratives. If we truly value democracy, being Pro-Truth is our only option.
It is a simple pledge, to help correct a serious problem. I am happy to refer to this pledge in all my public discourse and what I claim to be is my understanding of the truth.
Joseph E. Donlan, PhDWebsite - Ordaining Reality
Church of the Basement DragonFacebook Twitter Website
This is signed on behalf of the entire body of volunteers and administrators of the Basement Dragon. We are committed to the truth, the facts, and the evidence, no matter what any of them are or where they may lead. The world we live in is best navigated by knowing and abiding by what is evidently true, and not by that which is either not evidently true, or by what is evidently false. We will not forget, nor allow others to forget, that the truth is always there to be found, no matter what people believe, nor will we shirk our duty to inform people of the facts, however unpleasant they may be. Better the hard truth than comforting lie.