In today’s digital world, it is absolutely critical to question what you see, read and hear. Anyone can say anything, right? That’s a common refrain we hear from a core faction of people speaking out against The Lawless Files. And they’re absolutely correct - anyone can say anything. But not without consequences (let’s all remember that). You may personally know people who are criticizing the work being done by TLF; you may even hear law enforcement or government officials you trust publicly denouncing it. You may hear that the podcast is going to be removed from streaming platforms (it's not). We believe it’s absolutely important to question what you hear on the podcast (and anywhere else, for that matter…including information and opinions coming from critics). We also believe in transparency, so here’s an overview of how you can trust that what you hear on The Lawless Files is accurate (or at least as accurate as it can be with the information available). #1 The qualifications of detractors We find that 99.9% of those accusing TLF of making stuff up have one thing in common: They haven’t actually listened to the podcast. So that’s the first question we’d ask of those accusing TLF of spewing fiction – have you actually listened? Because if they had, they’d know sources of information are carefully confirmed and cited. #2 We verify the information, and then verify the verification. TLF isn’t about editorializing – the information shared comes directly from case files and other public records, trial testimony and witnesses or sources who are willing to speak out. Many of the documents that content is pulled from are available to paid Access Pass supporters in the Supporter Hub at www.TheLawlessFiles.com. We have been able to access case notes from attorneys previously involved, and Josh Kezer’s family kept meticulous records on many aspects of his trial. We do often point out inconsistencies or discrepancies in the information we come across, but avoid sharing theories or opinions unless we have multiple sources to back it up. #3 No one wants a libel suit. That's not the type of trial we're looking for as the outcome to this project. As investigative journalists with over 20 years of experience, we're not taking any chances with sharing information that we can't verify is factual - generally from multiple sources. And, if you've read the definition of libel and the criteria for a lawsuit, then you'll know sharing factual information doesn't meet the qualifications. In addition, an attorney reviews podcast content before it's available to the public. #4 You can (and should) ask us. If you’re questioning something you hear on the podcast, let us know and we’re happy to explain where that information came from. You can submit the question here: https://www.thelawlessfiles.com/contact-8. Transparency is critically important to us. We believe in answering questions. We also believe that there are questions we cannot answer – but there are people who CAN. The residents of Scott County deserve those answers, Mischelle’s family and Josh Kezer definitely deserve those answers. And pushing for those answers is one reason we’re doing this work. In our recent Bonus Q&A video, we addressed how the podcast is reported for our Access Pass Supporters. We wanted to share that portion of the video with our wider audience, as we feel it's important to be transparent in how we're investigating and developing what you read and hear from The Lawless Files.
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