Session 2, eGovernment


  • Framing : fact-checking
  • DLs – Dora and Eric
  • Examples, issues related to eGovernment
  • Lunch
  • ElectionEye story session w/Thor
  • FactCheckWA session
  • Work time
  • Goals for July 28 : Digital Advocacy and Electioneering

Framing: fact-checking

Why fact-checking is hard : Mitt Romney and Bain Capital

  • Mother Jones (David Corn)
  • Politicker (Hunter Walker)
  • Washington Post (Glenn Kessler)
  • Andrew Sullivan
    “How does Romney attend board meetings of Bain acquisitions, sign six filings on Bain acquisitions, get a six figure salary as an executive, list himself as sole owner and CEO with the SEC in these years, and insist he was not “involved in the operations of any Bain Capital entity in any way”?”
  • HuffPo
    “As part of running for governor, Romney was required to submit personal financial disclosure statements to Massachusetts’ State Ethics Commission under threat of perjury. In his 2001 disclosure statement, he listed himself as “Former Executive” for both Bain Capital Inc. and Bain Capital LLC, with a gross income of more than $100,000. But in his 2002 disclosure statement, he provided a different answer, listing himself as “Executive” of Bain Capital Inc. and Bain Capital LLC, with a gross income of more than $100,000. “

unSpun: how could it help us if we were writing about this? Why do we get “spun”?


How (and why) elected and appointed officials are using digital technologies to communicate with the electorate. What does this mean for citizens and public officials? Specifically, how has Washington employed these technologies to enhance citizen deliberation? What about the digital divide and other marginalized populations?

Discussion leaders : Dora and Eric

Examples, issues

Some sample sites

Election Eye session w/Thor

  • Process (Anita email)
  • Process – Thor first person
  • Story ideas – discuss in pairs then pitch
  • Next steps?

FactCheckWA session

Other reading, resources

Goals, deliverables, agenda for July 28

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