How To Fact Check the Lies and Conspiracy Theories of the Alt Right

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With the barrage of conspiracy theories and false accusations emanating from Russia and the alt right, many ordinary Americans are struggling to make sense of this year’s presidential election. Trump frequently makes ludicrous accusations against Hillary, often based on stolen and possibly forged Wikileaks documents, while Putin and the alternative media wage a non-stop disinformation campaign against the Democrats. So how do average American voters break through this noise and separate fact from fiction, in order to make up their minds about who to vote for this November?

Luckily for the astute American, there are a variety of established and professional organizations providing facts and relevant news through a number of mediums. These organizations relentlessly fact check the wild and dishonest accusations of the extreme right, and make it easy for anyone to stay informed. These organizations include respected media outlets such as CNN, MSNBC and the New York Times, which have been conducting professional journalism for decades, always verifying their sources, and seeking the professional opinions of a range of experts, from economists and scientists, to political analysts and university professors. If multiple professional media outlets are reporting something, you can rest assured that it is accurate and unbiased; and if they are ignoring or dismissing something, it’s safe to say that it’s false.

If you’ve run through a couple of respected media outlets, and you’re still not satisfied that you have the full truth, there are a number of fact checking websites that review the statements of public figures and assess their accuracy. Politifact has tirelessly exposed Donald Trump’s many lies, allowing smart Americans to see through his charisma and charm and get to the facts. For example, Trump’s statement that the groping stories have been “largely debunked” was rated “false”, as it turns out there is actually a lot of evidence for his mistreatment of women.

Together, the established media and fact checking organizations allow ordinary Americans to find the truth and cut through the lies of conservatives and the alternative media. Every voter should have at least three mainstream news sources that they run through each day, and at least one fact checking website that they use to look up outlandish statements by candidates like Donald Trump. With these tools at their disposal, everybody should be capable of staying informed and making the right choice this November. It’s important to make a ritual out of checking these sources, so that no matter what candidates like Trump say, you can confidently dismiss the lies and deceptions and remain a free-thinking and independent human being.

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It’s just too bad that the Russians have not the luck that we have and need to rely on state controlled media where only one opinion is tolerated. Apparently the sole Russians that you see on the Internet are paid trolls who even twist the perspective and claim that our media is controlled. The frightening thing is that they succeeded to convince many Germans and British with rt, shutting down their bank account and banning them from the airwaves in some parts of South America is not enough

MillionDollarBonus_

It’s very scary. RT is a sophisticated disinformation campaign used entice Westerners into trusting Russia, while they are secretly plotting their next act of aggression. Non-accredited media outlets like RT need to be censored if we are going to have civilized discourse where we can discuss the facts. It’s impossible to educate people when there is so much disinfo.

trav777

In addition, it’s a shame that Hillary has had to PAY politifact people so much and have such a long and connected relationship with them JUST to get the truth out! It’s stunning that in current year a womyn has to go this far to have the truth be known! Meanwhile a privileged white male like Trump has never had any financial or business or other relationship with any of these poitifact people…he doesn’t have to as the white supremacist system protects him.

Look at all the women he violently assaulted, and none of them ever came forward. There wasn’t even so much as a whisper of this until a month before the election. That’s how all-powerful the white male privilege system is.

The Russians are a threat to the planet…just recently they are sailing their aircraft carrier to near Syria. WTF? Don’t they see how aggressive and hostile this type of action is, sailing an aircraft carrier to near another country? All so Assad can brutalize his citizens with barrel bombs and chemical weapons without fear of reprisals.

The world is becoming a more dangerous place, but not dangerous like Chicago, I mean dangerous like Crimea. Where people can vote en masse and flaunt international law and the will of the West and the one “Exceptional” country. This cannot be tolerated.

Rebel yell
Rebel yell

That is exactly correct. Who are you going to trust, the foreign government run media outlets like RT, AlJazeera,Press TV, Globalresearch to tell you what America has been doing internationally, or the respectable American media that has all donated to and publicly endorsed Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton?

Black Lives Matter

Can’t we just drone the alt right?

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I think it’s better to arrest them and put them on trial to educate the masses. There is a growing trend where European countries arrest unsuspicious Russians who visit Europe before to extradite them in the US, the samething could be done with rt journalists and even Putin himself the next time he meets European leaders in a Western capital. If you bomb one new hospital per day and throw out FSA babies from incubators you can’t hide yourself cowardly behind diplomatic immunity. Maybe such a couragous gesture could lead to a pro-Western revolution in Russia?

MillionDollarBonus_

It’s one of many things we need to do. Let’s face it, we are at WAR with Russia now. The hacking of the emails and the cyber attacks are only the beginning. We need to start treating Russians as enemy combatants and imprison them if they are caught on US or European soil. I’m still absolutely outraged that they hacked into the emails of a top US political party! How DARE they!! And how DARE the alt right use the content of those stolen emails to attack Hillary! Russia needs to be stopped, by any means necessary.

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When Michèle Angelique Flournoy is the new Secretary of Defense and order no-fly zones, the Russians are better to not destroy the US fleet or shoot down the US warplanes otherwise she will give a thumb down to Putin’s facebook page and I will do it for every Russian official who has facebook!

Black Lives Matter

Those pigs don’t deserve trials after what they did to Mike Brown, Trayvon Martin, and all of their other victims.

MillionDollarBonus_

We need to empty our prisons and imprison our racist police instead. People of color don’t need policing – they’re doing just fine on their own.

trav777

Chicago, Baltimore, St Louis, New Orleans…how much more proof do we need? If the police weren’t out arresting them, there would be no crime now would there?!?

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I was absolutely disgusted to see that they suggest another version to excuse the police on their websites. Well, I didn’t read it on the alt right websites myself as I never visit such websites, it’s rather a rumour launched by the cousin of the stepfather of the waiter of a bar that the uncle of my neighbor visit sometimes which got into my house against my will while I was sleeping but I swear I haven’t read it myself.

MillionDollarBonus_

MSNBC is reporting that Hillary is surging and now leads by double digits!! America is going wild for Hillary!!

Black Lives Matter

It’s not just that we love Hillary. We also want a third term for Obama.

trav777

John Podesta did instruct them to “oversample” every democrat-favorable demographic, but this is what’s necessary to defeat white privilege.

Brewing
Brewing

I just read a report that there will be “No Consequences From Media Peers for Reporters Caught Colluding With Hillary”. I can one honestly believe that the media and Hillary are in this together…

Black Lives Matter

What collusion? This is a progressive site. Right-wing conspiracy theories are not welcome here.

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Even if such a collusion would exist, which problem do you have with this? The media reports the truth and Hilary is the truth. Honest, intelligent, competent, progressive, unlike Trump.

Black Lives Matter

This is exactly right. Everyone needs to do their part in stopping the fascist Trump. That orange pig will roll back the clock on civil rights and put us all back in chains.

MillionDollarBonus_

Isn’t it the responsibility of a serious presidential candidate to have a professional relationship with the media? The accredited media is reporting the facts, and the facts are that Hillary is a strong upstanding candidate, and Trump is a racist, xenophobic, transphobic monster who wants to deport millions of undocumented Americans!

Brewing
Brewing

The Washington Post says “The election is in 15 days. And the electoral map just keeps looking grimmer and grimmer for Donald Trump”. Is there any reason to vote? WaPo clearly knows that Hillary has proven to the people that she is the smartest, brightest and most experienced Presidential nominee that this country has ever know. Not to mention the fact that she has a great personality…

Black Lives Matter

It’s looking very grim and dark for Trump now. But I think we have to be prepared to vote. We should expect Trump and his allies in the Klan to do whatever they can to intimidate voters and suppress the turnout. We need to vote.

Enough
Enough

Thanks to the accredited media sources we were able to have my whole college declared a No Trump safe space zone. All Trump material is banned. Violators face immediate permanent expulsion.

Black Lives Matter

Trump University?

CulturalStudiesMajor_
CulturalStudiesMajor_

Such an important topic. Too many people are getting their information from unreliable sources like reddit, twitter, and discredited alt-right sites, and are in danger of become Drumpfheads, which I think is kind of like being bit by a zombie.. they even have a term for it, the “red pill” ! Uh, you mean like something you buy from a drug dealer in Tokyo is that it? I’m so scared for our collective future!

black lives matter - just not to the blacks themselves
black lives matter - just not to the blacks themselves

LOL! The deep state’s useful idiots are on a “fact finding” and “truth telling” mission. “accredited writers” Hillarious! Keep camapigning for crooked hillary – she needs ist. Oh and btw. Trump isn’t much better than her anyway, to make that clear. Both are puppets who deceive people. Though methinks, the donald may be slightly less bad than Hitlery – and if “only” that he doesn’t hit that “let’s start another war”-button as fast as Hitlery surely will do.

Black Lives Matter

What a joke. Barack Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize, and Hillary promises to continue his policies. No one trusts the orange buffoon with the 3:00 a.m. call. Hillary is the peace candidate.

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