Fact-checking the ‘final arguments’ of Trump and Clinton
Here's a guide to 29 of the fishy claims being made by Trump and Clinton as they barnstorm the country for votes in the campaign's waning days.And, remember, no matter what your politics, please don’t take your right to vote for granted.
© AP Photo/Matt Dunham Copies of The Sun tabloid are displayed alongside other newspapers for sale in a shop in London, Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015. Has the sun set on the topless models of Britain's tabloid press? For 45 years, the Rupert Murdoch-owned tabloid The Sun has featured topless models called Page 3 girls — photos that have long drawn protests from feminists. On Monday, it showed model Rosie Huntington-Whitely wearing a bra and the Murdoch owned Times newspaper reported Tuesday that it understands topless models will no longer appear on page 3.
In the wake of a debate over the role of fake news in the US election, a professor is doing what Facebook has failed to: identifying untrustworthy sources.
The Many Scandals of Donald Trump: A Cheat Sheet
A snapshot of some of the most interesting and largest of President-elect Donald Trump's scandals.According to federal law, charitable organizations like the Trump Foundation cannot use their funds to help their leaders’ families or business interests. But during the presidential campaign, Fahrenthold laid out in a series of stories several ways in which the Trump Foundation seemed to have done just that. In some cases, the president-elect allegedly used the foundation as a slush fund to resolve his legal issues.
Melissa Zimdars, an associate professor of communication and media at Merrimack College in Massachusetts, has created a public Google Doc listing news sites that distribute incorrect information. Titled “False, Misleading, Clickbait-y, and Satirical ‘News’ Sources,” the list includes blatantly incorrect URLs like”abcnews.com.co” and “drudgereport.com.co,” but also sites whose stories are of dubious origin and sourcing. Popular satirical site The Onion and conservative news outlet Breitbart News are included, as are lesser known offenders.
To distinguish between different types of incorrect—misguiding, misinforming, etc.—Zimdars’ guide slots many of the nearly 140sites into categories:
- “Fake, false, regularly misleading sites” which rely on “outrage” using distorted headlines and decontextualized or dubious information in order to generate likes, shares, and profits” (examples: Politicalo, AmericanNews.com)
- Websites that may circulate misleading and/or potentially unreliable information (examples: ConsciousLifeNews.com, CountdownToZeroTime.com)
- These websites sometimes use clickbait-y headlines and social media descriptions (examples: BipartisanReport.com, TheFreeThoughtProject.com)
- Purposefully fake satire/comedy sites that can offer critical commentary on politics and society, but have the potential to be shared as actual/literal news (examples: Christwire.org, TheOnion.com)
Zimdars was inspired to create the guide—primarily geared at helping students become media literate—after she noticed a top Google result on the election that linked to a fake WordPress site with fake numbers. The sites on her list often display a lack of editing, revision, and source-checking; many have purposely misleading headlines that don’t represent the article. Zimdars says that she has another non-public document with over 300 more sources that people have flagged to her as inaccurate. She says the distribution of inaccurate information has been “compounded by the ease of circulation on social media.”
Houston's Herman calls reports about new job 'false'
Herman's denial comes after he was moving close to becoming the next LSU coach.Prior to the Cougars facing Memphis, Herman was asked by ESPN announcer Cole Cubelic about how the talked to his team about the possibility he would not be the coach next year.
While tech companies have been slow to hold themselves accountable for the proliferation of fake news—Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has emphasized the complexity of separating truth from lies—some of them are responding to the backlash. Earlier this week, Google said it would restrict ads from fake websites, and Facebook banned ads from fake publishers. The move followed a BuzzFeed investigation that traced nearly 140 hoax news sites to a small town in Macedonia.
Zimdars says Facebook’s algorithm, which tends to only show users content they agree with, makes the company complicit in spreading falsehoods. “That feeds into people only seeing particular viewpoints or sources, which to me allows for these kinds of sites to be circulated with much more frequency,” she says. Zimdars suggests Facebook create a “check this source bar” that would display information about a story’s origin. Azeem Azhar, a writer and investor in artificial intelligence companies, has suggested similar“trust signals” for reliability.
“We have to remove the barrier for people to fact-check what they’re sharing,” Zimdars says. “[That is], If we can even get them to read what they’re sharing.”
What I'm voting for with my Hall of Fame ballot, and why steroid users don't belong .
A jarring thought occurred to me recently: many people who never covered a day of the Steroid Era are voting for the Hall of Fame. Writers accrue their voting rights after holding a Baseball Writers Association of America card for 10 consecutive seasons, so the idea of considering players you didn’t cover is not new. On my first ballot, for instance, was Ken Boyer, who played his last game when I was in grade school. (Back then players remained eligible up to 20 years after their last season, a window since reduced to 15.)What is jarring is that the Steroid Era stands apart from any era in the game’s history. You have to understand the unique context of that era.