Purchasing Truth

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Truth in Politics. Is it even possible to discuss truth in a safe way in a polarized United States? It is hard to imagine a safe conversation with your friends, co-workers, and family discussing the nation’s biggest issues. What it would be like to listen to and watch political discussions without the current reactivity, meltdown, or withdrawal?  By listening in on the Purchasing Truth podcast with host Bill Stierle and moderator Tom, you will experience a discussion on why the restoration of the conversation about truth with perspective leads to a productive conversation in a partisan nation.  This podcast will address the use of language by our leaders and in the news that has been dividing us, distracting us, splitting us, and keeping us from the unity we desire.

Episode Blogs

PT 81 | Scapegoating
  In this episode, Bill Stierle and Tom discuss the narratives amidst the Coronavirus pandemic, particularly the White House press briefings on COVID-19 and Donald Trump’s participation. Get to know Tom’s take on how the president is purchasing truth and the scapegoating he is doing by assigning blame or completely ignoring the issue altogether. Bill dives into the way the Press Corp is pursuing information and their lack of preparation knowing how the president attacks
PT 80 | Economic Shutdown
  To shut down or not? Does the economy have to shut down during this current pandemic? Bill Stierle and Tom address this predicament and share their emotions about the decisions made by the US government regarding the spread of COVID-19. Tackling this issue, Bill and Tom bring us to the concept called ‘acceptable losses’ and how it became a dilemma and resistance to political leaders from shutting things down sooner. Read their conversation as
PT 79 | Coronavirus Briefings
  More than ever, we need better and truthful communication from our leaders about the COVID-19 pandemic. Disappointingly, what we have are Coronavirus briefings full of unhealthy dialogue between President Donald Trump and the journalists. In this episode, Bill Stierle and Tom dive deep into the current virus communication and how truth is purchased in that process. As frustrating as the situation is, journalists need to know how to work around the President’s way of
PT 78 | Flat Earth Mindset
    The flat earth mindset is a mindset that, more often than not, ends up being a huge liability to the truth. Especially in the time of COVID-19 and coronavirus, it’s important that the truth be out there, and with a flat earth mindset, the truth gets scrambled. Bill Stierle and Tom discuss the relationship of a flat earth mindset to the ways we perceive and combat the spread of COVID-19, specifically the detriments.
PT 77 | Flat Earth Mindset
  The global pandemic has taken a toll on all of us, and it is slowly weeding out poor leaders. In this episode, Bill Stierle and Tom talk about the recent Coronavirus fiasco and how Donald Trump is handling the situation, sharing a story on how the president answered a reporter which categorized him as having a flat earth mindset. Such mindset is not ideal in any crisis situation, much more in America’s current situation.
PT 76 | Expressing Empathy
In the midst of an international crisis like a pandemic, the ways in which people are expressing empathy become much more apparent. People go out there and help out the businesses that won’t survive without their continued patronage because, at the end of the day, their leaders aren’t showing themselves to have the capability to do so. Bill Stierle and Tom talk about expressing empathy in relation to leadership, and how empathy goes hand-in-hand with
PT 75 | Truth In Crisis Communication
  Along with the global health crisis we are experiencing around the world is the problem with the truth in crisis communication among our leaders. We are seeing a lot of poor communication about the Coronavirus that is continually spreading and affecting lives. Bill Stierle and Tom get down to the problems in crisis communication that have been affecting how information is absorbed, blurring the lines between truth and misinformation. Bill breaks down five things
PT 73 | Truth During Coronavirus Pandemic
There probably is no better way to show a leader’s competence than when they are handling a crisis. If they fail at it, then doubt and skepticism arise among the people, causing truth and trust to become casualties. Bill Stierle and Tom address the elephant in the room that has greatly displayed what the leaders in our country are capable of—the current Coronavirus Pandemic. Amidst it all, they examine how truth has been constantly hijacked