September 12, 2016

Fake News Sites and News Stories

A friend of mine recently shared this story on a social media site:
Obama Signs Executive Order Banning The Pledge Of Allegiance In Schools Nationwide

The story alleges that Obama signed an executive order, EO#13738, which was supposed to revoke the Federal Government's recognition of the Pledge of Allegance. We can find out all about Executive Orders right here. And if we look at Executive Order #13738 we find out that it is an amendment to an earlier EO concerning "Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces" in regards to federal government contractors. Specifically, "This order seeks to increase efficiency and cost savings in the work performed by parties who contract with the Federal Government by ensuring that they understand and comply with labor laws. Labor laws are designed to promote safe, healthy, fair, and effective workplaces." Neither EO has anything whatsoever to do with the Pedge of Allegance. Now if we dissect the URL, we find that it is http://abcnews.com.co/obama-executive-order-bans-pledge-of-allegiance-in-schools/. Notice the ".com.co" before the first slash. That's a good indication that it is a satire or fake news site.


Despite the obvious flaws that can be easily fact checked by looking at the URL, and vetted by looking at the site that has the official registry of executive orders, many people fell for this fake news story.

Here is another fake one:
http://associatedmediacoverage.com/federal-government-changes-minimum-hunting-age-18/
It's a rehash of another fake story from two years ago:
http://nationalreport.net/federal-government-restrict-hunting-setting-minimum-age-21/

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service wesbite is here: https://www.fws.gov/ and they are actually very big on youth hunting. Go ahead, click that link. It isn't fake like the others.

Like I have said before, it's not what you know, it's what you don't know. Fake news sites (they call themselves "satire sites") spread these fake stories, and people fall for them. This causes wasted time and energy wringing hands and debunking lies that could be better used elsewhere.
How do you find out what's really going on? For starters, you should have a a police scanner and shortwave receiver. But having the equipment is not enough. You need to know how to collect intelligence information from a number of sources, analyze it, and vet it for accuracy. You'll be able to learn how to do that in the Grid-Down Communications Course and in the information provided in future issues of the Signal-3 Newsletter. Learn how to defend your mind against fake news stories.  

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