Fact-checking exercise: March 7

Check out the following statements, headlines, stories and facts and state underneath each whether it’s true or false, or somewhere between — and how you found the backing to know this. Provide links to support your contention. When you are done, upload your work into canvas under today’s in-class assignment.


George Will said in August 2015 that Bernie Sanders chose “to spend his honeymoon in the Soviet Union in 1988.” How true?


Joy Behar brouhaha over comments:

The site Any Politics ran a headline in February saying, “IT’S OVER: ABC to Give Joy Behar The Boot from ‘The View’ ” TheBlaze.com reports that ABC got more than 300,000 calls complaining about Behar’s comments about Mike Pence, citing the “Media Research Center”. The Advocate reports that the “tiff” proves Pence is as “petty” as his boss.  What’s the real story here? Do any of these sites have reputable or balanced reporting? Are they transparent about their points of view? How much can you trust them? Where can you FIND the real story?


Emma Watson’s comments about girls married young:

Emma Watson, in a speech as UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson at a special event for the HeForShe campaign,  said: “15.5 million girls will be married in the next 16 years as children.” What part of this is true? How did you find this out?


How many school shootings in 2018?

The nonprofit advocacy group Everytown for Gun Safety reported a few weeks ago, after the Florida school shooting, that there have been 18 shootings at schools in the first 45 days of 2018. That number was called into question and debated. What’s the real story?


Guns sold without background checks:

On Meet The Press on Feb. 18, Bernie Sanders said: “40 percent of the guns in this country are sold without any background checks.” Is that number correct? If not, what is the correct number?


NRA has nonprofit, tax-exempt status, according to this meme: True or false?

Anti-NRA meme of President Trump holding a gun.
This meme appeared on social media.


NICHOLAS KRISTOF (in December 2014)

“The United States right now incarcerates more African-Americans as a percentage than apartheid South Africa did.”  True or false?


The Senate Dems imply that doing away with net neutrality will end the Internet as we know it. Is that true?

A tweet by Senate Democrats about the ending of net neutrality.



Check out this site, Allsides.com, that polls the public about media bias. Are there any surprises here for you among the sites and how they are rated?




Now, take the fake news quiz on Factitious:



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