Question: Who are you guys?

Answer: WilliamsonTrue is a group of concerned Williamson County residents. We are not affiliated with special interest groups, the Koch brothers or a vast right-wing conspiracy. Our team shares a conservative worldview—which we believe reflects the perspective of the majority of Williamson County residents—and we are committed to the traditional values upon which our nation was founded. Each of us has deep roots in Williamson County.

Question: What is the purpose of your blog?

Answer: Our mission is to provide residents of Williamson County with accurate, truthful information about what is really happening in our community. We believe that Williamson County is strongest when the truth is presented accurately and transparently. One of our core beliefs is that the vast majority of Williamson Country voters are much more interested in unvarnished facts about the issues that shape our community than they are in seeing candidates and public officials demonized and misrepresented by opposing interests. We refuse to engage in name calling or personal attacks, which we find offensive and unhelpful. What drives us at WilliamsonTrue is our common desire to promote the truth about local issues and to support the values that have made our county such a desirable place to live and work. The primary “target audience” for our blog is rational people who are interested in truth and facts, and who are willing to be open minded and consider other perspectives before making up their minds about important local issues. We recognize that there are some who are driven by emotions and ideology, and will never be persuaded by logic or facts. We wish them well, but our blog is not intended to engage or persuade them. Our logo, a flaming torch, is symbolic of shining light to reveal truth. But a flame can also bring heat to hold people accountable for their words and actions.

Question: How can you be credible when your blog is anonymous?

Answer: When we launched this blog in January 2015, we decided to have it be anonymous primarily because we wanted to focus on issues and facts, not personalities. Sadly, we have seen certain groups and individuals make personal attacks and spread disinformation on social media. We believe the most effective way to counter these attacks and misinformation is with truth. We also believe that our credibility comes not from who we are, but rather from the manner and tone in which we share our perspective, and how we back up our statements with facts and documentation. We are aware of one anonymous local blog that specializes in distortions and person attacks, yet the people criticizing us do not seem to have a problem with it being anonymous, nor have we heard them question its credibility. We wonder why this double standard exists.

Question: Are you registered?

Answer: No. We don’t have to register anywhere because WilliamsonTrue is a blog, not a political action group. We comment on local issues and provide factual information so that readers can make up their own minds.

Question: Why don’t you allow comments on your blog?

Answer: Our blog is not intended to be a discussion forum. We don’t have the time or interest to engage in endless debates back and forth with some individuals who only want to argue and are unwilling to address the substance of our posts. There are plenty of other places online for exchanges like that, and frankly we have better things to do with our time.

Question: Why don’t you post all the Facebook comments you get?

Answer: Please see the Q&A above. While we have Facebook and Twitter accounts to further our reach, we are not discussion-driven. We do not allow character assignation, personal attacks, name calling, reckless accusations, or comments that we otherwise deem inappropriate or a waste of everyone’s time (i.e. trite dribble). If you don’t meet our criteria in those areas, your comment won’t be posted. If you have something worthwhile to say that we believe would be of interest to others, and you communicate in a civil manner, you’re likely to get your comment posted, though it might not happen right away because we are busy people and this is not a full-time gig for us.

 Comments from Our Critics

We have been criticized for everything ranging from our writing style to the size of the font we use to the number of likes on our Facebook page. And, of course, there are the vague, generalized “You’re not telling the truth” comments that lack specifics or substance. These comments bring a smile to our faces, because they reinforce the effectiveness of our blog and attest to how our critics are reduced to grasping at straws.

We have compiled a list of representative comments from our critics below. So, if you want to email us or comment on our Facebook page about something we said, we suggest you first check below to see if we have already addressed the matter. We welcome constructive feedback and substantive comments, and will correct any factual errors that are brought to our attention. We also appreciate the great support and positive comments we receive from many in the community.

Comment: Your posts are biased.

Response: We do not claim to be unbiased. We adhere to traditional values and a Judeo-Christian worldview. We just wish others who say they are unbiased would come clean and be forthright about what they really believe, and their real agenda, so that our community could have an honest discussion about the issues and merits of the arguments presented.

Comment: WilliamsonTrue is misnamed, the information you present is inaccurate, you are ignorant and we don’t like what you said. (Okay, we added that last one on our own.)

Response: We will not respond to vague, unsubstantiated generalities. If you can provide us with a specific factual error (not just the fact that you don’t like something we said), and you can prove to our satisfaction that something we said is not true, we will post a correction.

Comment: What you said about X is true, but so what?

Response: There is a very predictable progression among certain segments of society when they come upon someone with whom they disagree. The first phase is to label opponents as extreme, radical, hateful, bigoted, stupid and/or ignorant. In phase two when they are caught red-handed in a lie or inconsistency, their response is “so what?” (à la Hillary Clinton’s “What difference does it make?” retort). Then, in phase three, they attack the person(s) who brought the lie or inconsistency to light.  We are familiar with Saul Alinsky’s “Rules for Radicals” playbook, and we are not going to be detoured by such tactics.

Comment: You don’t have many Facebook likes so you must not have many readers or many people who agree with you.

Response: We have not paid advertising fees to domestic or international click farms to obtain our likes. We have never campaigned or begged for likes, or manipulated Facebook to procure likes from far-off places such as Istanbul, Turkey. We are True and our likes are too. Furthermore, we have never viewed the number of likes on our Facebook page as a measure of our success. If you could see our blog’s analytics, you’d know that we have a significant, rapidly growing following. But if you think that our blog has a small audience and irrelevant content, why would you want to waste your time reading it or trying to post comments?

Comment: You have a typo/grammatical/writing style error in one of your posts; your use of bold typeface seems less than judicious; and the size of your font is a little too large.

Response: This is a sure sign of desperation, ranking right up there with ad hominem attacks. We have a very talented, well-educated and experienced team of contributors, but from time to time we likely will have a typo or two and maybe even a grammatical error somewhere along the way. We certainly are not perfect and don’t pretend to be. There are typos in newspapers, blog posts, etc., all the time so get over it. Sometimes the people we quote have errors in their statements, but we print their comments verbatim because we want to be accurate and use their exact words. When dealing with “stylistic errors,” it often depends on which style one is using. What is correct in one style may not be in another. But please keep in mind that WilliamsonTrue is a blog and not a scholarly publication. We use bolding to help readers who like to first scan content so they can get the gist of what is written before reading a post. As to the person who complained the size of our blog’s font is too large—well, you may have us on that one.