Dan Week 11 Blog

The article about Hillary Clinton giving guns to ISIS is a perfect example of an article that discredits a journalist.

            The article was written by The Political Insider (who has since taken down the story) and titled “WikiLeaks confirms Hillary sold weapons to ISIS … Then drops bombshell”. The story captured the attention of almost 800,00 people on social media. Originally, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange told The Political Insider that Clinton approved a shipment of weapons to the county of Libya in 2011, and somehow all of the weapons managed to end up in the hands of the Islamic terrorist group known as ISIS. But this is not the story that the Political insider ended up publishing. They claimed that Assange told them that “Hillary Clinton and her State department were actively arming Islamic jihadists, which includes ISIS…” which was fake news and ultimately lead to backlash and the article being taken down.

The reason this story is a discrediting story is because the organization that wrote the article did not give factual information and the news was so obviously fake that it ruined the whole post and it could potentially harm the organization going forward because who is going to believe you now after not fact checking on such big story like this one.

There are many fact checker websites out there but the most reliable one is www.factcheck.org, but there are many other ways that you can make sure you have the right information on every story such as; asking the person giving you the story claim for their evidence or to say exactly what they mean so there is no mix ups, look to see if any other fact checkers have found things, and search the web but go deep into the story don’t just click the first link, you must click links within links to dig and get the truth.  

Ritchie, H. (2016, December 30). Read all about it: The biggest fake news stories of 2016. Retrieved November 05, 2018, from https://www.cnbc.com/2016/12/30/read-all-about-it-the-biggest-fake-news-stories-of-2016.html

Kiely, E. (2017, August 10). Debunking Fake News. Retrieved November 5, 2018, from https://www.factcheck.org/2017/07/debunking-fake-news/?gclid=Cj0KCQiA8f_eBRDcARIsAEKwRGf2XWdDbghkTJl3_YNtLtSrXapU6cgkjP4FvmV-I7rIZ0mD8ZNs0XoaAuWbEALw_wcB

One thought on “Dan Week 11 Blog”

  1. Hi Dan good post! The scary thing is: you even mentioned how reporters should have dug deeper in their online sources. Well what happened to contacting real people? Obviously here they not only should have relied on one source, but they couldn’t even get that right. This is extreme embarrassment all the way around.


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