Alternative Facts and fake news

choose one contemporary policy issue that is salient and likely to at least sometimes influence for which political party people tend to vote. For example, people who want more healthcare coverage for the American population tend to vote Democratic, while those who oppose such expansion often vote Republican. The same can be said about LGBT rights. People who want to see these rights expanded are more likely to vote for a Democrat, while people who see the expansion of these rights as a detriment to society are more likely to vote for a Republican. Once you have chosen your topic, look for fake news about this topic. There is a lot of fake news out there, so it should not be too difficult to find, but if you can’t find any, change your topic and try again. For example, if you choose “Obamacare,” voter identification laws, global warming, or the transgender “bathroom bills,” you will find a lot of “fake news” and misinformation (also sometimes called “alternative facts”). Fake news unfortunately often influences how people feel about any given policy. Do a little looking around online in reference to your chosen topic and see what you can find that you can identify as fake news (propaganda and lies disguised as news and/or facts). Be careful not to confuse actual facts with fake news or vice versa. Write informative facts first; keep opinion statements to a minimum. Be sure to back up all opinion statements with supporting factual evidence and logic. Cite sources as needed.

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