Fighting Disinformation in Texas: How to Use a Free Teleprompter App to Coordinate Rapid Response

This piece from Deepak Puri, which first appeared on The Democracy Lab blog, hits home quite literally for me. As I’m working today, I’m sitting in my long-ago hometown of Palestine, Texas, where at the moment we have electricity but not water — apparently, the power to the pumping station has failed. Meanwhile, the state’s “leaders” are busy blaming everything but their own underinvestment in our infrastructure. Take it away, Deepak:

Fighting Disinformation Requires a Rapid, Widely Spread Response.

To get talking points to supporters for them to use to spread the truth and have their messages reinforce each other, a free teleprompter with a script integrated into their videoconferencing platform makes the process easier and helps them give more-effective press interviews.

Scroll to the end of this post for information about groups helping Texans in need and a live map of power outages in Texas.

Fighting Texas-Sized Disinformation

Millions of people in Texas have been without power for days after winter storms slammed the region and devastated the state’s electricity grid. Nearly 3 million Texans were without power, according to poweroutage.us. Officials with the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), say the cause of the outages appeared to be natural gas providers, many of which are not designed to operate in such low temperatures, according to The Texas Tribune. [Ed. note: see also Why Texas Is Experiencing Such Widespread Power Outages.]

Texas Gov. Abbott Blames Solar Energy and Wind Turbines for Blackouts!

Meanwhile, as Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tweeted, “I go offline a few days and return to a GOP Gov blaming policies he hasn’t even implemented for his own failures. Gov. Abbott doesn’t seem to have a grasp on his state, so here’s a reminder: Texas runs 80-90% on fossil fuels. The real ‘deadly deal’ is his failed leadership. So many Texans are in desperate conditions without heat, water, and little relief. Gov Abbott needs to get off TV pointing fingers & start helping people.”

[Ed. note: see also What Texas Governor Greg Abbott Gets Wrong About His State’s Power Failures, The latest GOP nonsense on Texas shows us the future Republicans want and last night’s Daily Show episode.]

Idea: Use a Teleprompter App To Share Talking Points

Abbott spreads disinfo to shirk his own responsibility by blaming power outages on frozen wind turbines.

Why Use a Teleprompter?

Using a teleprompter app:

  • Helps spokespeople present better in online interviews (over ZOOM, WebEx Microsoft Team, Google Meet) and stay coordinated by having talking points scroll on the screen as they talk with reporters online.
  • Shares talking points with supporters so their interviews reinforce each other and amplify a message.
  • Allows you to update the script as needed and have your changes appear immediately in all your supporters’ teleprompters simultaneously.

The BigStage Teleprompter is a free app for scripts up to 300 words.

Creating a Teleprompter Script

  • Cut & paste your pre-written script into the free BigStage Teleprompter app.
  • Adjust the font size and scroll speed to your preference.
  • Save the script and shared it with a link like this one
  • Share the link by email, social media or text.

Takeaways

Counter disinformation with a rapid response. Share talking points so your supporters’ messages and interviews reinforce each other. Use the free BigStage Teleprompter to keep them on script and perform better in press interviews.

Help Folks Struggling in Texas

Help support relief efforts with donations or by calling vulnerable people.

Tracking Power Outages in Texas

"Texans are suffering without power because those in power have failed us. As with Covid, a natural disaster has become far deadlier due to the inaction & ineptitude of Abbott and Texas's Republican leadership. While they focused on bathroom bills,

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