Media 101 – Don’t use Facebook as a Reliable Source


We understand college students make mistakes. We understand there is a learning curve. But there are times an article get’s posted on a news site that is too funny to pass or ignore. Like this story.

(The “alligator.org” is a student-owned newspaper created to serve the University of Florida. Which means they deal with media art students who are learning the art of news reporting.)

This is the title: Ward’s customers complain about salesman comments

Link to original story

When you read their story it sounds legit, except one thing. All of the “reliable sources” are comments from “Facebook.”

Nobody was interviewed. Nobody made any statements on the matter, nothing was verified. It’s a story completely from a Facebook post.


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Electoral College for Dummies

The electoral college is how we elect a President. Not by popular vote. We hope this article simplifies how the system works.

  • Why use the electoral college system? Because it is a system that all Americans have a voice on who the President will be.
  • Why not use the popular vote? Because candidates would run in heavily populated areas and ignore the rest of the country. Which would means people in low populated areas (like rural areas) wouldn’t have a voice in the outcome.
  • My candidate won my county but didn’t get the electoral vote. Why?

    This is the greatest confusion people (and the media) have. Electoral college voting areas are congressional district not counties.Using the state of Florida, Florida has 27 congressional districts and 2 senators. Which makes up 29 electoral college votes. Florida is a “winner take all” state.
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    In the pictures supplied we see Clinton won the county of Alachua but lost the congressional district. Because the congressional district 3 has 6 counties in it and Trump won the other 5 counties. When you tally up the votes in congressional district 3 the results are as follows:
    Trump = 265,184 votes
    Clinton = 179,659 votes
    (rough estimate. The state has not provided the final results at time of this article)

  • Clinton won the popular vote!
    Very true and other candidates who won the popular vote lost the Presidential vote in the past. The electoral college system was placed so candidate had to meet all of the people to show they would represent everybody. All types of people from all types of life.
    She did win the heavily populated counties but she didn’t win the rural areas which often balances the heavy populated areas.

    States often split up counties with large populations in to different congressional districts. With the hopes they encompass as many different views on matters so everybody has a voice in congress via their representative.
  • Why does the media always show who won by county instead of congressional district?
    Most likely because election results come in to the state by counties and not congressional districts. Large populated counties could have 3 or 4 congressional districts in them. Those results take hours even days after the polls close to give a result and the media wants an answer “right now.”

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December 3rd Show

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Jayson Veley (The Jayson Veley Program), Andrea Thomas from “Festival of Lights” and Attorney Rick Schutte joined the show to make it a fun full episode.

 
Festival of Lights schedule website
 
Plus Rick Schutte for “Ask An Attorney”
Here’s Attorney Schutte website: Frederick Schutte’s website
 

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November 26th Show

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Congressman Ted Yoho joined us to explain what will happen in congress for the next few months. We talk about Obamacare, Donald Trump and the nuclear option.

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Should Congress Defund National Public Radio


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If Your From Alabama You Must Be A Racist

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The Huffington Post (and most of the other liberal media) are having a nervous breakdown over Jeff Sessions pick for A.G.. They have gone so far to call him a “racist and hate-monger.” Completely ignoring his history of protecting the constitution.

WASHINGTON ― President-elect Donald Trump has reportedly offered Republican Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions ― who was rejected as a federal judge in 1986 due to allegations of racist comments ― the position of attorney general.

Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III, 69, would serve as the nation’s top law enforcement official if nominated by Trump and confirmed by his fellow members of the Senate. Sessions, an early Trump backer, is an immigration hard-liner who has been in the Senate since 1997 and previously served as attorney general for the state of Alabama.

Back in the mid-1980s, when Sessions was U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Alabama, President Ronald Reagan nominated him to become a federal judge. But during the nomination process, allegations emerged that Sessions had called a black attorney “boy,” that he suggested a white civil rights lawyer was a race traitor, that he joked he liked the Ku Klux Klan until he found out they smoked marijuana and that he referred to civil rights groups as “un-American” organizations trying to “force civil rights down the throats of people who were trying to put problems behind them.”

Read the rest of the opinion here


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