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Truth in Media Project Update


We are only days away from the official end of our Kickstarter campaign.  As you may know, over 4,000 people backed the project to the tune of over $250,000!

Those funds will not be available to us through Kickstarter and those who have pledged WILL NOT be charged for those pledges.  That is why we are asking those who have backed us on Kickstarter to take one more step.  To donate that same pledged amount via PayPal or by check.  You can find the information on how to do either right now at http://truthinmedia.com/contribute/  or look on the right hand side of the homepage.

If you make that donation before midnight July 27, 2013, you will still receive the reward promised at Kickstarter.

Thank you again for your support and having the courage to stand with us.


Announcement: Truth In Media Project Launched, Inform, Engage, Activate


I want to begin by saying thank you for signing up for this email list and for your incredible support of my work with Reality Check and Full Disclosure over the past 2 years.

As promised, you are now the first to hear in detail about my- actually our- next step. Beginning next week on Monday, June 10, we will officially launch the “Liberty Is Rising Truth in Media Project” on Kickstarter. As I have told you, this is the most involved and meaningful project I have ever been involved in and it is not something I can do on my own.

The “Liberty is Rising Truth in Media Project” is a 3 step process:

Inform, Engage, Activate:

Step 1: INFORM

The first step of this project and the primary use of Kickstarter is to create high-end, high-quality Reality Check style segments that can be presented to the public via streaming content sites such as Netflix, Hulu, Spotify, or devices such as Roku and BenSwann.com. Our goal is to produce 100 high quality five to six minute shows and by launching this project independently, the restrictions on subject matter by corporate bosses will not be an issue.

Why do the videos need to be so high quality? Simple, we need to spread this message as far out as we can. Like it or not, we live in a very media-savvy culture and if the public at large is to take this kind of journalism seriously, they need to be able to hear and see it in a way that is deemed credible. You can watch network news programming all day and never hear anything of substance but it sure looks pretty. If we are to educate and inform the public on issues of war, the drug war, monetary policy, drone strikes, the NDAA, CAFR, crony capitalism, etc… it MUST be done in the style and format generations of Americans have been trained to accept as “professional”.

The films will be distributed via multiple platforms. First, we continue to share new content virally via Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, BenSwann.com, and continue to allow alternative media blog sites to use our films without charge and embed them, as long as they are shown in their entirety. This is important because we want as many people exposed to our journalism as possible.

We will be rolling out a highly interactive, informative website that will include all Full Disclosure episodes, a forum, Ben Swann podcasts, and a mobile app.

Also, as I mentioned, we are going to attempt to spread these films into new arenas such as streaming sites like Netflix, Hulu, and Spotify. Again, the goal is to engage the largest audience possible.

Step 2: ENGAGE
Each of us must impact our own circle of influence.

We are currently building out a multi-faceted platform of engagement where you and I will work together to take single issues and impact public opinion. This platform will contain resources like stats, infographics, archived articles, and other educational materials that will be available to download or share.

This platform will work directly with college student groups like Young Americans for Liberty, Young Republicans, Young Democrats and politically independent groups, giving students hard facts and data to share with peers and teaching them how to hold information sessions on campus.

We will work with journalists across the country challenging them to engage in critical thinking and questioning of local, state and national leaders on issues of importance. We’ll equip them on how to challenge the status quo in their newsrooms and move beyond reading press releases.

Faith Based Communities:
We will engage faith-based communities (Christian, Jewish, Buddhist, Muslim, etc) and challenge the acceptance of government control over their religious activities.

Local Lawmakers:
We will engage local and state lawmakers and challenge the over-reach, over taxation, and policing for profit that is taking place in every city and town in America.

Tea Party:
We will engage those in the Tea Party movement who entered the movement for the right reasons, to protest over taxation and government control.

We will engage those in the Occupy movement who rightly protested the consolidation of wealth among a small group of people and who have created a crony capitalist system (that isn’t capitalism at all).

Building Consensus:
The goal is to help Americans escape the Left/Right paradigm of arguing with each other while politicians and big money run the nation and our lives. We desire to create unity among all these groups in the areas where we can agree. That happens when we are defined not by who we stand against, but what we stand for. It is not about Left vs. Right or Republican vs. Democrat… but Liberty vs. Tyranny.

You and I will go through this process together. Beyond just sharing the content, you will be instrumental to the gathering of information and the actual creation of that content. With your engagement we will be able to create public awareness and social willingness to drive change.


The best part of this step is that the work you and I will have already done is key. Having forced important issues into the forefront of public awareness we will have already changed minds and that will allow action to be taken.

Through strategic partnerships with established political and student groups as well as individual experts in the fields or medicine, education, economics, security, drug policy etc. we will begin to crowd-source “change strategies”.

The end result of these strategies will include legal and legislative process for changing U.S. policy overseas and here at home. We will challenge lawmakers who continue to engage in hypocritical behavior and are unwilling to stand up for rule of law. As a long-term goal, we will eventually work with lawmakers to draft legislation to correct the nation’s trajectory. Dr. Ron Paul borrowed the words of Victor Hugo when he declared in 2008, “An idea whose time has come cannot be stopped by any army or any government.”

Ron Paul Said It Best:

I recently had the chance to interview Dr. Paul and we talked in depth about the changing media landscape. How has media changed for a man who has spent his entire life attempting to change the system?

“When I first started in politics in the 70’s, we basically had three major networks and they were very, very close together on philosophy…..But now the options are great…..Now the information is going out differently. It’s going out on handheld devices and computers and telephones and they can turn you on and off when they want. They have so many more choices.”

Dr. Paul then added:
I’m optimistic that things are going to do well and I’m optimistic because you’re (Ben Swann) involved in this fight with us.”

Again, I want to thank you for your support so far. As you can see this next step is a very ambitious project. There is risk here but I believe that every great movement in history has been accompanied by great challenge and risk.

There has never been a moment like this before in world history where a society has had this kind of collision of technology and information. This is our moment. I hope that next Monday, you will commit to helping me to shake the media landscape in America! I leave you with these words from a great patriot Samuel Adams who once proclaimed,

“It does not take a majority to prevail… but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men.” – Samuel Adams



Support the The Truth in Media project: http://truthinmedia.com/contribute/

Questions, comments or advertising inquires?
Please contact: Sam [at] BenSwann.com


Announcement: Ask Ben Anything Twitter and Reddit


I would personally like to thank Bryan and the staff of Ron Paul Forums for hosting the Ask Me Anything. I had a great time answering the hard, thought out, and sometimes personal questions. If you would like to read the questions and my answers to them please visit http://www.ronpaulforums.com/forumdisplay.php?274-Ben-Swann-Q-amp-A-Event

Twitter: Ask Me Anything

I am happy to announce that I will be conducting an Ask Me Anything on Twitter on June 19th at 9pm to 10pm EST. To ask me questions please use #LibertyIsRising with your question between those times.

Reddit: Ask me Anything

To continue with my Ask Me Anything series I will be conducting an Ask Me Anything at Reddit on June 26th between 9pm and 10pm EST. I will pass along more details as we get closer to the event.

Thank you all for your incredible support. I look forward to reading and answering your questions.



Truth In Media Kickstarter Project:

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Please contact: Sam [at] BenSwann.com

Announcement: Launching The Liberty Is Rising Tour


I have always said that I learn more from you than any other resource. Hands down. Whether it’s a comment on a link, a personal message or a news story or perspective I would have otherwise missed, I can’t convey how much the success of what we are doing comes directly from you. People are often surprised when I say that during interviews because they don’t often hear that from many journalists or media figures. The number one reason for this is that those journalists and media figures don’t have the luxury of having such an informed, active and engaged community as the one we have, and for that I am truly grateful.

While I love being a journalist, making episodes of Full Disclosure and spreading our message through every possible media avenue, the one thing I really want is to hear from you directly. I want to be in the same room as you, to hear your individual stories and connect with you on a personal level. I haven’t truly had that opportunity yet, until now.

Big news. We are taking our message on the road.

I would like to officially announce the “Liberty Is Rising Tour”. During this speaking tour, we will finally have the opportunity to connect. Our first event is being hosted by Liberty Iowa in Des Moines, Iowa, on Friday, June 28th. You can find details here: http://libertyiowabenswann.eventbrite.com.

The tour continues the next day, June 29th in Athens Georgia, http://athensteapartypatriotslibertyconvention.eventbrite.com/ , and then to Lewiston Maine on Saturday, July 27th.

If we are not currently coming to a city near you, email Ron [at] BenSwann.com and let’s make it happen.

I can’t tell you how much I look forward to these events, as well as new opportunities that will arise. I finally get the chance to speak with you directly. True grassroots changes only come from being on the ground. See you soon..



Find complete list of events here: http://truthinmedia.com/events/


Ben Swann on The Peter Schiff Show


Yesterday, I had the pleasure of being on “The Peter Schiff Show”. I had a great time talking to Peter and his crew about the “Truth in Media Project”. I hope you enjoy the video as much as I enjoyed being on his show.

My favorite part is when Peter asked me about whether I should just make a few videos and see if they catch on… you’ll have to check out my response around the 11:00 minute mark.

BTW, wouldn’t it be fun to bring Peter into the “Truth in Media Project”? What if he guest hosted a couple of “Full Disclosure” episodes and gave us a little Austrian economics “Reality Check”?

“Overcoming The Media’s Spreading of Stupidity”



“Liberty Is Rising” Truth in Media Kickstarter: http://kck.st/16VIUJQ

Questions/Comments/Advertising? Contact: Sam [at] BenSwann.com