A post by Snopes details a claim made by former president Donald Trump’s supporters that a county in Georgia could not certify the results of the 2020 presidential election because it did not have digital records (Palma 2021). This fact-checking article intends to discover whether this is true.
Snopes first used the techniques found in the “Go Upstream to Find the Source” and the “What Makes a Trustworthy News Source” section of the Caulfield (2017) text. They used the first technique to find the source of the claim: a news conference held by a group hoping for the invalidation of the election (Palma, 2021). They used the second technique to determine the agenda and, as an extension, the legitimacy of the source. Since the activist group strongly believed the election was invalid, their confirmation bias influenced their interpretation of the information. They took the knowledge that the digital images of the ballots were not recorded out of context and created a “crisis where no crisis exists” (Palma, 2021). Because of this fault in logic, Snopes determined the claim was false.
Caulfield, M. (2017, January 8). Web literacy for student fact-checkers. Web Literacy for Student FactCheckers. Retrieved September 17, 2022, from https://webliteracy.pressbooks.com/
Palma, B. (2021, November 11). Does Georgia have ‘no way to verify’ 2020 presidential election results? Snopes.com. Retrieved September 17, 2022, from https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/georgia-verify-2020-election/