By Victoria Lynn Hall
One of the many significant things that being a grassroots volunteer for Marianne Williamson’s campaign for president taught me was that much of the news resources that I relied on were untrustworthy and some of them were downright sinister. Knowing what I do about Williamson after closely following her career for almost thirty years and seeing print and television media completely disregard or arrange the facts to serve a politically motivated narrative was both shocking and frustrating.
For awhile this left me disoriented and disheartened. I remember asking on Twitter what news sources people trusted and almost as soon as someone replied with an answer, someone else would reply to refute it.
I began to realize that the only way to know the truth was to seek out more than one source, to look for firsthand accounts that I could cross reference with known facts that I could cross reference with expert opinions that I could cross reference with… you get the idea, and I’m sure you’re not surprised to hear that it was hard, exhausting work.
It soon became obvious, however, that I wasn’t the only one doing this work. My cross referencing helped me discover other cross referencers, and over time one of them proved to be so informative, trustworthy and insightful that I have now come to rely on him as an ally, collaborator and friend.
Of course, I’m talking about my fellow contributor to this project, Jesse Crall and “Ask Jesse” was my idea of how I could help to share his knowledge and views with more people.
Our first weekly episode may be a little rough around the edges but I think it is an authentic representation of the kind of perspicacity you can expect going forward. If, like me, you are interested in hearing our politics explained in an honest and thoughtful way, I trust you will find these conversations as rewarding and valuable as I do. Of course, if you do not, there are a million other podcasts out there to choose from. The important thing in these challenging and often confusing times is that we are all doing our best to stay informed about what is happening in our world and why, so that we may be more aware, more responsible citizens within it.
Episode 1: Pelosi Is Not A Hero
In our first episode, I asked Jesse about the HEROES Act that will be voted on today, May 15, 2020, and he explained what it was and what it means in terms of the dynamics of political power playing itself out in the House and Senate right now. He also explained “ObamaGate” for me and how it relates to our upcoming presidential election and talked about what he would do if he was in Congress right now.
Watch the full episode below or on the Amplifire Project YouTube channel where you can subscribe to see future episodes and other projects.