You as a Citizen

Detect Lies

Why detecting lies is an important part of citizenship

Voters need sound information to practice American democracy. Politicians who seek to manipulate citizens by “spinning” the truth, giving half-truths, or lying are enemies of democracy. Given the prevalence of such manipulation, citizens need to sharpen their skills in detecting misinformation. Not only will this provide a more objective base for making informed decisions, but reduced citizen gullibility will strengthen the veracity of information provided. Increased awareness of disinformation will motivate citizens to be resourceful in the detection of misinformation.

How to detect lies

Multiple approaches can be used to determine the truthfulness of written and spoken statements, such as:

Fascinating research has provided clues as to how you as a citizen can tell if someone talking to you is lying. Democracy-Central plans to incorporate online tools to assist you in doing so. For now, we are including a documented instance of a public official lying. Study the clip and sharpen your detection skills.

Bill Clinton lies about his relationship with Monica Lewinsky

If you think this “fuss” about lie detection is irrelevant nonsense, consider: politicians and officials do distort truth and like it or not, as a citizen, you have responsibility for deciding what is true.

“You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time.”
Abraham Lincoln

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