Value truth and accuracy

Naomi Wolf, speaking on the “Do We Need Feminism” panel with Karen Straughan (Girl Writes What) and Antigone Darling at the Liberty Forum annual conference in February 2014.

Naomi:
It’s so important for citizens to act as journalists in a time when the Police State is cracking down on us.

What I am mean by that is, we’re so bombarded with propaganda and spin.

It is so crucial, for every single one of you, to not leave it to the gate-keepers, not leave it to the journalists or editors but to take yourselves as journalists and editors so seriously.

And value truth and accuracy. And check data. Check your facts. Don’t take anything by anyone’s assertion. Don’t take it on faith. Check it for yourself and really respect evidence and facts.

Because otherwise we live in China. We live in a Police State.

YouTube: youtu.be/5z7nteHMPJ8

Context

@ 27:23

Karen: If you look at the National Organization for Women and their extended, long, long history of advocacy against shared parenting legislation. Shared parenting being a …

Naomi: What’s their position now, today?

Karen: Their position now, today, is that they still oppose it.

Naomi: They oppose shared parenting?

Karen: They oppose any legislation that would impose a rebuttable presumption of shared parenting.

Antigone: Is shared parenting what it sounds like?

Karen: Shared parenting after divorce would be 50:50, 60:40 [indistinct] your time right.

Naomi: Are you sure that’s not in the case of the guy being abusive or violent?

Karen: No, what they’re saying is that they will not support any legislation that would make the starting point in a divorce be that, if neither parent is unfit and both parents want it, shared parenting is the starting point.

Naomi: I have to see that citation because that does not sound right to me.

@ 30:48

Antigone: In college, which was like a decade ago, I read an official statement from NOW that said: all father’s rights groups are pederasts.

Naomi. Oh my god.

Antigone: It was official, from NOW. So guess how many times I listen to NOW?

Naomi: Wait, this was in college? In college? Like, it was an actual source? Because there is a lot of nonsense on the Internet too that attributes to groups of feminism

Antigone: It was online and in an official, public… So I don’t listen to them any more.

@ 31:18

Naomi: The journalist in me is uncomfortable with this because we are saying, “oh, there is all this” positioning, but we don’t have any evidence.

Can someone just Google National Organisation of Women and what’s their position on shared parenting? And do they say that men’s groups are pederasts?

woman in audience stands up: I actually really Googled off that particular page. But they actually said they opposed forced shared parenting.

Karen: None of the legislation would force shared parenting.

woman: I’m just saying what they said.

Naomi: You see, there is a big difference (pointing between Karen and the woman).

[talking over each other]

Karen: No, but they opposed the legislation.

[talking over each other]

Karen: They opposed the legislation by portraying it as something that would be forced.

Naomi, pointing to the woman: She just has the citation.

Can I just say something about accuracy and sourcing? And I’m saying this from the heart and it’s in respect to you (turning to Karen). Okay?

It’s so important for citizens to act as journalists in a time when the Police State is cracking down on us.

etc.

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