Texas Newspapers Criticizing Politicians for Signing the Pro-Truth Pledge

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

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

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

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

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

Amarillo Globe-News version

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

Denton Record Chronicle version

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

Lubbock Avalanche-Journal version

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

2 thoughts on “Texas Newspapers Criticizing Politicians for Signing the Pro-Truth Pledge

  1. The articles are missing the whole point. It assumes that politicians will lie and that there is nothing that can be done about it. The point of the pro truth pledge is that if you have pledged to tell the truth you must think about what you are going to say and will be less likely to lie casually for fear of being called out.

  2. It is a very common tactic among dishonest bloggers (and commenters to various articles) all over the
    Internet to claim that “Honest people don’t need to trumpet their honesty,” sometimes combined with
    “People can make up their own minds about who is honest” in the midst of a message that suggests thatthe person to whom they are responding is less than honest. The editorial comments that have been quoted here have the same kind of flavor.

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