Prior to the 2020 primaries and the Presidential election, this should be required reading.

As Jacob and I were using the required black ink to fill in some of the ovals on our mail-in ballots for the 2020 Baltimore City and Presidential primary elections, I received an email from Simon and Schuster on behalf of the publisher, Scribner. It began with this sentence: In perilous times, facts, expertise, and truth are indispensable.

I stopped inking-in the ovals.

The email was a reminder of the June 2nd release of a book by the Fact Checker staff at The Washington Post:

Donald Trump and His Assault on Truth
The President’s Falsehoods, Misleading Claims, and Flat-Out Lies

The Washington Post created The Fact Checker column in 2007 and it has held Democrats, Republicans, and advocacy groups accountable for their claims by awarding “Pinocchios” for false or misleading statements. Glenn Kessler has been editor and chief writer of the column since 2011 and has worked at The Washington Post since 1998. Salvador Rizzo is a reporter for The Fact Checker and Meg Kelly is a video editor and reporter for the column. In 2019, the team earned an honorable mention in the Toner Prize for Excellence in Political Reporting.

I’ve ordered a copy. Reading it won’t change the way I’m voting, but it will most certainly validate my choices.

By Stephen Brockelman

As a Sr. Writer at T. Rowe Price, I work with a group of the best copywriters around. We belong to the broader creative team within Enterprise Creative, a part of Corporate Marketing Services. _____________________________________________ A long and winding road: My path to T. Rowe Price was more twisted than Fidelity’s green line. With scholarship in hand, I left Kansas at 18 to study theatre in New York. When my soap opera paychecks stopped coming from CBS and started coming from the show’s sponsor, Proctor & Gamble, I discovered the power of advertising and switched careers. Over the years I’ve owned an ad agency in San Francisco; worked for Norman Lear on All in the Family, Good Times, Sanford and Son, and the rest of his hit shows; and as a member of Directors Guild of America, I directed Desi Arnaz in his last television appearance— we remained friends until his death. In 1988 I began freelancing full time didn’t look back. In January 2012 my rep at Boss Group called and said, “I know you don’t want to commute and writing for the financial industry isn’t high on your wish list, but I have a gig with T. Rowe Price in Owings Mills…” I was a contractor for eight months, drank the corporate Kool-Aid, became a TRP associate that August, and today I find myself smiling more often than not.

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