Frequently Asked Questions

What is the best way to support your work?

You can support me through my Patreon. My goal is to work directly for my audience by December 2024, although considering how things are going, it’s more likely to be 2025 or even 2026. I currently make my living doing freelance work, independent from my social media.

Why did you previously wear red in almost all your videos? Is it the same shirt?

Red my favorite color. I have 12 identical red shirts, 12 identical white shirts, and four identical black shirts. I do not wear the same shirt two days in a row. I wear the same shirt every day because I like red, I like the softness of the material, and I hate insignificant decisions. This is the exact same red shirt I ordered from the exact same place I ordered it.

I recently stopped wearing red in reaction to the comments from the one time I didn’t wear red. No one has the right to police what I wear and I’m not willing to allow my physical appearance to become a topic of conversation, so now I’m just not going to wear red for a while.

Additionally, I want to be able to vary my clothes, and I don’t want to give people the option of opening a conversation when they meet me in real life by commenting on my physical appearance. I’m not particularly friendly as it is, unwarranted comments about my appearance aren’t going to improve that.

What is the best way to reach you?

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Are you biased?

Yes. Everyone has a bias. I grew up in China and moved to the U.S. when I was 16. I’ve traveled to 26 countries. Over the past 11 years of my career, I’ve covered the judiciary, executive, and legislative branches at the local, state, and federal levels of government.

Because of my extensive experience with my own government, and other countries’ governments, I have a lot of opinions. I can and will share them if I feel like it.

I have my own script writing style which some people mistake for bias.

I present the most accurate truth I can cobble together from the available information. Here are the rough guidelines I follow (and break whenever I feel like it):

  • I prioritize truth over balance. If only one side presents a valid argument, I’m not going to report invalid arguments from the other side in order to give a balanced perspective. Whataboutism, disproven theories, misinformation, and red herrings have no place in my work.
  • I’m not afraid to call balls and strikes. If someone lies, I will point it out. If a political party opposes a policy incompatible with human rights, I’ll point it out. It’s not my responsibility to meet someone halfway between truth and lie to bring them back into reality. I have to tell the truth, regardless of how many people scream bias.
  • “There are two sides to every story,” is just a bullshit line I use when trying to convince someone who did something immoral or illegal to talk to me. There are infinite sides to every story.
  • I don’t cover people insulting each other or saying stupid stuff unless it’s either really funny or really dangerous.
  • I report governmental failures within the framework of existing human rights. Human rights are a globally agreed upon framework for our societies, not a matter of personal belief.
  • I make inferences on stories within beats I know a lot about.
  • I make predictions for the future based on history and my past experiences.
  • I delete comments that spread misinformation, disinformation, red herrings, or whataboutism.
  • I don’t cover the media.
  • I don’t cover small stories.

Why don’t you cite your sources?

Attribution adds linguistic and conceptual complexity to news consumption. I aim to write news in a way digestible by middle school students with learning disabilities. One sentence, one subject, one story is the most important part of my simplicity strategy, and attribution breaks that. Although my goal is to write for learning disabled students, many adults with and without learning disabilities tell me they follow my work because of its simplicity.

It’s impractical to expect an 12-year-old grade 7 student with a learning disability to evaluate the credibility of a news report. And many adults, particularly older adults, struggle with evaluating the credibility of news reports. Most people — regardless of age — have a hard time understanding the difference between a news article and a fact-based opinion article.

I have 11 years of experience as a journalist, so I evaluate the credibility of sources for my audience, include information I find credible and important, and omit information I don’t find credible or important.

Where do you get your news?

I’ve been working for mainstream media outlets since I was 17 so my email address is on all the necessary mailing lists, and some unfortunate PR mailing lists that I can’t get off of.

I have sources who either see things firsthand or hear about them from someone else who saw them firsthand that I can independently verify. These are people who work in politics and government that I’ve known for years, not some random person sending me a DM with a tip.

I write the scripts for my afternoon and evening multi-topic updates using a custom Tweetdeck with seven columns: general news & opinion, Washington, spies & natsec, environment, North Korea/proliferation, all federal electeds, and breaking.

How do you make money and who do you work for?

I listed my freelance clients on my personal story article. A wire service is a constantly updated electronic database of stories, photos and video that mainstream news organizations buy from. I also have passive income from royalties from footage shot over the last 11 years of my life that major newspapers, TV networks, Hollywood films, and advertisers buy to use without my name attached. I also have a Patreon.

What is the most unbiased news TV network/newspaper/source?

It’s complicated. Everyone has a bias, but that doesn’t mean you can’t trust the information. You can only trust people with specific job titles within news outlets. You’ll have to read about how local TV news and national TV news works to find trustworthy information within those outlets.

Are you a Republican, Democrat, or Independent? Who did you vote for?

I separate my personal beliefs from my work, and this is not a part of my personal life that I want to share. The only thing I’m willing to share is I generally support candidates that support human rights.

Are you independent or freelance and what’s the difference?

I am freelance, which means I make most of my money by working for mainstream media organizations. You can read about who I’ve worked for here. Independent means you work directly for your audience, which is something I’ll consider once I have enough Patreon members.

Why does your video quality look so good?

Here is how you can achieve the same look.

How did you get your start in politics or journalism? Why did you go into politics and journalism?

You can read my personal story here.

When did you start TikTok? How did you grow so fast?

Read my TikTok story here.

What kind of music do you listen to?

Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, Top 100s, and TikTok songs.

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