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My Approach

How I Research Candidates

Updated October 6, 2020

I am not a reporter and I do not do independent investigative reporting. 

All my research is done online using Google as my search engine. 

I do not share gossip, rumors, or allegations unless in a published article from a reputable source that includes both the allegation and the candidate’s response. I exercise personal judgment in choosing which articles to include or exclude in my posts.

I rely on NewsGuard to ensure that the websites publishing the articles I cite are trustworthy. NewsGuard is a paid, member-supported browser extension created by NewsGuard Technologies. It labels news sources with either a green or red icon, indicating general trustworthiness and whether there is a history of running stories labeled as fake news. (Wikipedia, 07/24/20)

Florida Politics is one of the few websites that consistently follow Florida elections. Its NewsGuard rating suggests the need for caution, which I exercise in deciding whether or not to rely on what it posts.

The Paradise Progressive follows Southwest Florida politics. It is a blog published by David Silverberg’s Silverberg Independent Media. While it is not affiliated with any political party or organization, its editorial slant is decidedly progressive. Nonetheless, its reporting appears to me to be objective. It does not have a NewsGuard rating.

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