should I believe every left-wing article that I read? Especially when there are claims involved? In this blog, I am fact-checking the credibility Occupy Democrats. I am somewhat familiar with this source already. Some of my facebook friends share posts from Occupy Democrats’ facebook page.

In my process of discovering the source’s credibility, I read laterally by first checking Wikipedia:

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The description provided by Wikipedia gave me some insightful ideas as to how other sources feel about Occupy Democrats—which isn’t positively if you’re a conservative.

Another article I read from the Huffington Post gave me even more information about how the creators of Occupy Democrats started distributing political information and claims through Facebook memes, which isn’t the most traditional way to spread news. This helped me better understand who Occupy Democrats are writing for: social media users, democrats, and maybe even republicans just to annoy them.

I’d say the most reliable source Wikipedia used for their description of Occupy Democrats came from Politifact, so I went there for more information:

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So, not looking too good on the credibility scale so far, seeing that over 50% of their scorecard indicates “False” and “Pants on Fire” false, without a single “True.”

I checked out some of the “Pants on Fire” statements:

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These all seem pretty credible, not only because it’s posted from Politifact, but also because they provide adequate links, sources, and information provided.

After reading laterally, I gained a better understanding on what it’s like to agree with something you see on the internet just because you like how it sounds. I’m personally all about the left wing, but this factcheck has broadened my perspective on the matter. After this, I learned that I should never trust a claim made by a source without first checking the credibility of that source—personal feelings aside.