FAQs, or Frequently Asked Questions, and Rules
DISCUSSION SECTION RULES:
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Question: Is Squawker.org exclusively a fact-checking website?
Answer: No. Squawker.org publishes columns and information about a variety of topics that are not specifically related to fact checking. The site also publishes opinion pieces by writers which will have a bit more partisan slant on an issue in the news. A vast majority of our content, however, will be fact checking of current events, headline news, and breaking stories. Squawker.org was created to keep the media accountable, to force them to tell the truth. The MSM is responsible for the epidemic phenomenon of fake news and has been for years. Only in 2016 did independent and alternative news begin to expose the MSM for the careless journalism and their reckless treatment of the facts.
Question: Am I allowed to reproduce or publish your content on my own website or blog?
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Question: Can I cite a Squawker.org article in a research or professional paper?
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Question: Is Squawker.org owned by a larger media company?
Answer: NO! Squawker.org is a home-grown project that is 100% independent. Our writers have absolutely no connections to any other media entities in the U.S. or internationally. We have no sponsors and we currently do not engage in product sales. We are not controlled by investors, partners, and we have no connection to political parties, lobbyists, or outside influence.
Question: How does Squawker.org make money?
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Question: Do you fact check other sources outside of the mainstream media?
Answer: Yes. Although one of our objectives is to keep the MSM accountable, we also fact check many other claims that circulate on the internet. The web functions like an endless game of telephone, where gossip passes through several sources, often, before it becomes widely available to the masses. People can end up with very different conclusions about the same fact. Any source may be produced
Question: Why are graphics on your site showing up with an error or a green frown face?
Answer: This happens when outside websites engage in something called inline linking or leeching. What happens is that another website uses our graphics on their own site, which hogs the bandwidth. The best way to avoid this is to NOT use a proxy server or a browser like Tor.
Question: Where does Squawker.org get its pictures?
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Question: Where does Squawker.org acquire its multimedia?
Multimedia is either embedded from another website like Youtube, which is perfectly legal under fair use, or is original to our website. Multimedia qualifies as, but is not limited to, MP4s, Youtube videos, MP3s, audio files, and PDFs. All multimedia files displayed on our site are 100% in accordance with the law.
Question: Are there any facts Squawker.org won’t check?
Answer: Our content is divided into 5 categories including politics, world, conspiracy, factoids, and fake news.
Here are some examples of what you might find in each category:
1) Under “politics,” you will find fact checks about U.S. politics, Donald Trump, the Congress, health care policy, and MSM coverage of the presidency.
2) Under “world,” you will find fact checks about the migrant crisis, European elections, Chinese and Russian relations with the U.S., nuclear crisis, disasters, and globalism.
3) Under “conspiracy,” you will find fact checks about Wikileaks, Julian Assange, Obama’s birth certificate, Sandy Hook, feminism, and Black Lives Matter.
4) Under “factoid,” you will find fact checks about a hodge-podge of different things.
5) Under “fake news,” you will find fact checks about claims put forward by the mainstream media such as Trump’s inaugural crowd size, the Golden Showers dossier, and Russia “hacking” the U.S. election.
All fact checks will fall under one of these categories.
Question: If I notice a typo, should I let you know?
Answer: Yes, please. We may not respond to every inquiry, but we will take note of emails that point out typos on our pages. We are journalists who write a lot. Typos happen. Feel free to send us any feedback if you identify an error.