These days, it’s not enough to simply be honest.

You have to make the case *for honesty.*

I think the way you do that is by pointing out that with dishonesty tends to come defeat and self-destruction.
In retrospect, we should have figured that the Information Age would be followed promptly by the Disinformation Age.
While we’re on the subject, here are four developments I think brought us into the Disinformation Age:

1) Self-reinforcing Facebook algorithm

2) Hyper-targeted digital advertising

3) Full-on partisan cable news

4) New level of shamelessness by politicians who know better
I think it’s helpful to think about this problem in terms of those component pieces, because that gives us a sense of how to move forward.

Otherwise, it feels like this amorphous opponent that we can’t quite get a handle on.

But that’s not the case. We can work this problem.
5) Extreme gerrymandering - almost forgot!

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12 Jan
Lots of cynicism on whether we can ever break through with folks who have been deeply misled about the election.

First, we have an obligation to try.

Second, even if it's 90% unsuccessful, it's still plainly worth it. That feels like brutal defeat, but it's not - it's a win.
Yesterday I took one approach by providing an avalanche of counter-evidence.

A simpler approach - from Carl Sagan - is to say, "Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence."

Make sure they know they're making an extraordinary claim, and ask for extraordinary evidence.
And for as frustrated as you may feel, imagine that it slowly dawned on you that *you* were actually the one who was wrong about the election - and how painful that would be, and the lengths you would go to to avoid dealing with that.

Their brick wall would be yours, too.
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11 Jan
I keep hearing:

"But Jeff, are you SURE the election wasn't rigged? Because I heard it was."

Ok - if you honestly aren’t sure, I just put together a list of 44 sources - a number of them supporters of the president - for you to consider.… #ncpol
In my view, if you genuinely believe that the election may have been stolen, you owe it to yourself to at least check your beliefs against what you see below.
(And if, upon review, you determine that the evidence *does not* support a conclusion that the election was rigged, the next step would be to cast a skeptical eye toward the sources that repeatedly tried to convince you otherwise.)
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5 Jan
When I have constituents respond to my emails about vaccine distribution with angry notes about the virus being a joke and not worthy of their concern, I just think about the people who have worked so hard to mislead them.

And how many of them are in Congress.
Pretending a global pandemic isn't worthy of concern isn't a notion you arrive at on your own.

It takes a concerted effort by people who *fully understand* that they are being deceptive.

And lots of these folks are elected officials who should exist to *do the opposite thing.*
And if your elected official is planning on spending tomorrow objecting to the clear outcome of an election, then I'm talking about that guy, too.

Because this is a reality-detachment thing now.

I just don't understand the ethical willingness to knowingly mislead people.
Read 6 tweets
3 Jan
We lost far more Americans to Covid in December than we lost in the entire Vietnam War.

And as we start January, all of our state's Covid numbers are moving swiftly in the wrong direction.

The most troubling metric is our positive test percentage, which just hit a record. Image
This metric is important because it controls for the amount of tests we're giving.

So for the people who say, "Sure, there are more positive tests, but that's just because we're testing more people," we've got this metric to determine just how prevalent the virus is.
There was a brief moment in September where we fell below 5% and we were starting to feel better about things. Sec. Cohen said she really wanted us below 2%.

We never got there.
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31 Dec 20

We’ve modified the vaccine rollout plan for North Carolina, based on new CDC guidance.

The biggest changes are creating a specific priority for people 75-years-old and over and creating new sub-categories within existing phases.
*Phase 1a* - No changes (health care workers specifically dealing with COVID and residents/staff of long-term care facilities).

Note: This week, Walgreens and CVS launched their program to vaccinate long-term care staff and residents in partnership with the federal government.
*Phase 1b* - This has changed.

Previously, this phase was adults with at least two chronic conditions that put them at severe risk and front-line workers at high risk of exposure.
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21 Dec 20
It’s deeply strange that our country isn’t getting an address from the Oval Office about

-> what we’re facing

-> what we must do to protect each other

-> what victory in the face of tragedy looks like

This is the moment those addresses are made for.

So we must lead ourselves
We are suffering from daily catastrophe.

The fact that it’s happening largely out of view, in isolation, without smoke or fire or explosions or captivating video, is precisely why we need leaders who can speak to this moment and keep our consciences awake and our spines steeled.
We are not going to normalize mass, preventable, daily tragedy.

We are not going to accept the permission being offered to us by national leadership to be indifferent to unimaginable suffering.

We are going to care about people we’ve never met and lead ourselves through this.
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