By Noah Genson, On My Mind –
Some is about Hillary’s emails, the Clinton foundations “pay to play” scandal, or Bill’s sexual
assault history. Or if it’s Trumps constant lying, his own sexual assaults, how rude he can be,
how little knowledge he has to run a country, whatever it may be, the country is talking about.
The main demographic that each candidate has to work hard to get are the so called
“millennials”. This is roughly in the age range of 18-29.
There is a preconceived notion that us millennials get our news solely from the internet
like Facebook and Twitter. It turns out though that 50% of American’s up to the age of 50 get
their news solely from these websites, according to a study done by pewresearch.com.
Now why is this? Well, something I have noticed is that people want to see what they
think is right. So if a not so reliable news site releases a story about how terrible of a president
Hillary or Trump will be, a lot of people will see that article and love it without doing any fact
A great example of this was that after the debate a conservative website released an
article claiming there were six glaring lies that Hillary told on stage. After reading the article
myself, I wanted to check and see if these things were actually true.
And guess what I found?
The fact checking done for the article wasn’t even good fact checking. I was able to go to
over ten different websites and debunk four of the six fact checks they did.
Now how can a website get away with something like this? Well because a lot of the
time these websites aren’t even reliable like a Fox News or MSNBC would be. A lot of the time
it’s just bloggers putting information out there to tarnish a candidate.
You might be able to tell who I favor in this election just by reading this article. But it
happens for every candidate, no matter if you support them or not.
I hope to encourage you, whenever you read an article, to try and find other sources
backing up the claims being made in the article you had just read.
So many sites out there try and sway you in one direction or the other. The only way
you can make sure you are getting the right information is by doing research on your own, and
not believing everything your aunt or uncle share on Facebook.