How I Research Candidates
Updated July 25, 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 made by one candidate about another unless it is 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 its general trustworthiness and whether it has a history of running stories labeled as fake news. (Wikipedia, 07/24/20)
Florida Politics is one of the few websites that consistently follow the races on our ballot. 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 is another website that follows local 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, the journalism appears to me to be objective. It does not have a NewsGuard rating.