Discussion Points: Analyzing an Article Activity, Week Four

Prof/ D’s comment: On reading assignments, folks, DIVE DEEP! Don’t skim over the surface just looking for “an answer.” I’m NEVER going to ask you to just provide an answer and to not think about what it means.
Who first published this article? Is this entity a reliable source? Explain why or why not.

List three facts from the article.

Verify each of your three facts and explain how you verified each fact.

Verify: Is the article written in a neutral or biased tone? List specific words, sentences, or phrases that demonstrate its tone.

What words in the quote connote "attacking"?  This is straight forward reportage. The purpose of the follow up press conference was to ascertain why the WH had disseminated misinformation and whether, since this was the first official WH press conference, this was going to be their modus operandi. Bauder is reporting
what Spicer was saying to the people asking him questions. How is that an attack? Where are the loaded words?

Write a brief summary of the article.

Give an example of fake news.
Prof. D. comments: Much fabricated news is originated at parody sites, such as The Onion, and because it is funny, unexpected, or even outrageous, it is likely to be re-Tweeted or posted to FB or other social media. Much fake news is also just malicious in intent and in nature. Nonetheless, people want to believe information that comes to them from friends, family, or others we willingly associate with--without fact-checking on accuracy.  Read this article for a deeper understanding of “confirmation bias” and the degree to which confirmation bias and fake news has impacted our most important election processes: “Why Fake News Is So Incredibly Effective” http://time.com/4583475/fake-news-effective/
Non-facts from the article:

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