It’s a great time to be alive, when people are passionate about their beliefs, when the media is — finally — being called out for their one-sidedness.  When Americans are fed up with the so-called journalists telling them what they are supposed to know and care about.

This week, I had a brush with the fake news, in the form of a reporter named Sanya Mansoor.  She works for the left-wing, George Soros funded organization called the Center for Public Integrity, which — in spite of their name — is bent on diminishing integrity.

In our conversation, I could immediately tell she was writing a hit piece on the Convention of States, trying to make it seem like our organization was breaking some government regulations, trying to disparage us in the court of public opinion.  It’s amusing to see liberals losing their lunch over all the progress we’ve made.  Since the Project launched in 2013, the resolution has passed in twelve states.  Plus, we’ve gotten over 3 million supporters nationwide, have petition signers in every single state house district across America, and are actively working in all fifty states to pass the Convention of States Application.

I understand why liberal reporters (tautology alert!) are on our trail, but they’re going to have to try harder to undermine our momentum.  This is what it looks like when “We the People” rise up, Ms. Mansoor.  Maybe that would be an interesting article for you to write.  You could describe this to the “media elite” who’d rather write from their urban cubicles than get to know the honest Americans standing up to government overreach.

I won’t hold my breath.

Today, I sent this to the reporter:

Dear Ms. Mansoor,

I am writing this letter to restate what I told you during our conversation today. It is clear from our conversation and the conversations you had with others that have been reported to me, that you intend to paint our organization in a negative light. You started your investigation for this purpose and have misled those you contacted to believe otherwise.

In fact, it appears that you are attempting to create the false impression that our organization violated federal regulations in the conduct of our Simulated Convention. Our organization employs both accountants and attorneys to ensure we always comply with all applicable laws, rules and regulations. Our employees and representatives are regularly trained in this regard, and are closely monitored and supervised.

Your “investigation” is actually an attempt to smear us. It is not drawn from honest inquiry, but from an attempt to prove a false premise in order to damage our organization and the millions of Americans who support us because they wish to see the power usurped by the federal government returned to its rightful owners, the American people.

It is this sort of “fake journalism” that has people so disgusted with the media today, and should you choose to publish such a piece, I have no doubt that the people themselves will see your work for the propaganda it is.


Mark Meckler
President, Citizens for Self-Governance

I’m not sharing this with you because I’m afraid that she’ll uncover any wrongdoing.  Nor am I afraid that our hardworking supporters will be fooled by her shenanigans.

I wanted to share this with you, because the phrase “fake news” has been used a great deal lately… and I thought you might enjoy a first hand look into how it’s being made — and fought.

One article at a time.

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About The Author

Mark was a co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, and served as the national coordinator. He left the organization to work more broadly on expanding the self-governance movement beyond the partisan divide. Mark appears regularly on television in outlets as diverse as MSNBC, ABC, NBC, Fox News, CNN, Bloomberg, Fox Business and the BBC. He’s highly sought after for the tea party perspective from print and electronic media outlets, from the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, L.A. Times, Washington Examiner, Politico and the The Hill. Mark blogs at, and his opinion editorials regularly run in many of the leading political newspapers both on and offline. Mark has a BA in English from San Diego State University and graduated with honors from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1988. He practiced real estate and business law for almost a decade. For the last eleven years of his legal career he specialized in Internet advertising law. When not fighting for the future of our nation, Mark is an avid horseman, and lives in rural northern California with his wife Patty and two children.

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