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The Internet Blows Up!

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Ryan Saad, Staff Writer

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It seems as though the Trump administration has a strange schedule, now. Every week or so, Kellyanne Conway is supposed to say or do something not too smart, and make people on the internet joke about her. It was the microwave last week, before that, the texting picture  and most prominent of them all, the Bowling Green Massacre. The Bowling Green Massacre was a moment in time with lots of jokes and many revelations.  Although the name suggests it, there was only one death in this event: The Truth. This event did not even involve a weapon, just Kellyanne Conway. She cited a “Bowling Green Massacre,” which never actually happened, to justify the President’s travel ban in an interview. Naturally, the media and some internet junkies took this and spread it around, with each of them taking a different spin on it. These people would make this eventually explode at mind-blowing rates, making this a much bigger topic than just a simple slip up during an interview.

The Massacre That Wasn’t was a break in fake news that was really unchecked for a while now. Ever since Conway’s statement, her “alternative facts,” a redundant term that is basically lying, is being replaced with true facts. This was done through regular journalism, which made other news providers increase priority on fact checking. To show this, CNN even declined an interview with Conway because they had, “serious questions on her credibility.” Conway claims that this statement was just a mistake when she meant to say Bowling Green “terrorists.” Now that journalists have dug even deeper, this appears to be false. In two other interviews with Cosmopolitan magazine and TMZ, she states the same thing on the travel ban, and I quote, “He did that because two Iraqi nationals came to this country, joined ISIS, traveled back to the Middle East to get trained and refine their terrorism skills and come back here, and were the masterminds behind the Bowling Green massacre of taking innocent soldiers’ lives away.” The truth in this statement is that there were two men in Bowling Green who did try to assist ISIS by sending money and weapons to help them kill U.S soldiers, as said in an F.B.I statement. That’s it. Nowhere in this statement did it say that they traveled back to the Middle East or killed anybody.

After seeing all this, the effect journalism had was a direct impact on the outcome of this story. Journalists are the ones who uncovered what actually happened at Bowling Green and showed the truth of Conway’s statement. As a result, more news providers are fact checking and are questioning the credibility even more of political officials. Now we just wait until news providers cover the next event in the Trump administration’s agenda.

 

Sources:

Nytimes:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/05/business/the-massacre-that-wasnt-and-a-turning-point-for-fake-news.html?action=click&contentCollection=Politics&module=RelatedCoverage&region=EndOfArticle&pgtype=article

WashingtonPost: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2017/02/06/kellyanne-conways-bowling-green-massacre-wasnt-a-slip-of-the-tongue-shes-said-it-before/?utm_term=.7dacd3140db8

 

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