Experts agree: Mitt Romney really needs to win this debate. So we can't expect a little thing like "the truth" to get in his way.
40 million Americans will tune into the first presidential debate TOMORROW NIGHT (Wednesday), but how many of them hear the truth is partly up to us. Because, we can't count on the media to fact-check Romney—at least, not without a little push.
So, we're turning our website into fact-check central for the debate. From there, MoveOn members will have instant access to Romney fact checks from our expert allies. And you'll be able to share them instantly on Facebook and Twitter, as part of the MoveOn Truth Squad.
Imagine all of your friends getting the facts straight from you in real time. Imagine journalists—who live and breathe the instantaneous feedback on Twitter—seeing #MittLies as a trending hashtag. That can help win the most important battle of the debate—what people say about it afterwards.
See the facts, share the facts, and help shape the story of the first presidential debate.
Why did the mainstream media call out Paul Ryan for his convention speech lies? CNN's Wolf Blitzer said it best: "every journalist is getting a lot of email" pointing out Ryan's "lies."1
If we want the media responding the same way to any lies that Romney spits out tomorrow night, then we've got to be ready and we've got to be fast.
So, we're partnering with experts at Think Progress and Center for American Progress Action Fund to instantly fact-check Romney's statements, which will appear on our "Debate Watch 2012 Dashboard" at moveon.org. From there, you'll be able to share them instantly on Facebook and Twitter. The best member tweets will even be retweeted by MoveOn and shown on our Debate Watch site.
But how can we be that influential? Well, the average social media user has 126 Twitter followers and 245 Facebook friends.2 So if 108,000 MoveOn members (just 1.5% of us) take part in the MoveOn Truth Squad tomorrow night, we can reach up to 40 million Americans.
Thanks for all you do.
–Justin, Ryan, Garlin, Susannah, and the rest of the team
1. CNN coverage of Republican National Convention, August 29, 2012
2. "Cats, whales and empty seats: The best nonhuman Twitter feeds," CNN Politics, August 3, 2012
"Your Facebook friends have more friends than you," February 3, 2012
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