Fake News and Real News: An Analysis

REAL NEWS: What’s it look like?

1.) AP

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What makes this story stand out as irrefutably true is that the message comes straight from the horse’s mouth. The first quote offered in this article is a tweet from President Donald Trump directly confirming the headline. What follows are several comments from Mr. Trump’s press secretary, and a video of protestors, indicating the real consequences of the President’s action.

2.)  New York Times

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This is the kind of damning headline that fake news site’s crave, but never honestly report. However, in this piece The New York Times rely on direct testimony from his congressional hearing to confirm what Comey had told anonymous sources to tell the press: He was fired because of the Russia Investigation. The article also links other statements and stories to put the famous testimony in context.

3.) ABC San Antonio

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This was one of the most coveted sports scoops of 2017. But it wasn’t this ABC affiliate in San Antonio’s to be had. However, they immediately give credit to the reporter who broke the story by imbedding his tweets. That decision not only increases the credibility of this network, but gives attribution where it is deserved. That is something seldom seen in fake news.

FAKE NEWS: What’s it look like?

1.) Occupy Democrats

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A headline like this is an immediate red flag. A quick look at the lead brings a lack of credibility to light.

The article only references the ACLU’s claims that Trump has a “secret plan.” Love it or not, the ACLU tends to take a very leftist stance on civil rights issues, which means this site should have done more of its own digging, instead of just stating the ACLU’s claim as fact.

2.) Breitbart

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This is another prime example of a news organization writing a headline its body can’t cash–a stable in the misleading news game. The target here is “Trump 100 percent vindicated” for his claims that he saw thousands of Muslims celebrating on the rooftops of New Jersey, following 9/11.

This article factually details several instances of post 9/11 celebrations. However, these instances came and went without criminal charges, and–as this article confirms–there is still little evidence backing President Trump’s hyperbolic estimation.

4.) News Punch

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This article is all kinds of murky.

First, it gives little context to who this man is, or his role in investigating 9/11. Second, the key quote is never fully developed in the graf. There are no crucial links, and this is nothing more that conspiracy theory disguised as news.


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