Journalism 133: Prof. Craig: Fake News Exercise

Fake News Exercise

Assignment: Create two articles on a general topic, one which is completely factual, and the other which is fakeThe objective is to create two stories that make it as difficult as possible to discern which one is real and which one is false.  

General Topic: Money

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Delta Airlines loses $40M over 13 flyers

Lawmakers in the state of Georgia removed a tax break that saved Delta Airlines $40 million annually after the airline dropped a discount program for members of the National Rifle Association. Delta CEO Ed Bastian announced that Delta removed the discount to attempt neutrality on gun-control and other divisive politics.

Delta reports that in total, 13 passengers have ever utilized the NRA discount. With 13 total passengers’ discounts being revoked and Delta losing $40 million in tax breaks in its home state of Georgia, each discount costs the airline roughly $3 million.

Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle was outraged by Delta’s attempt to remain politically neutral and tweeted a threat to remove all tax breaks for Delta.

State Senator Michael Williams referred to the controversy as “crony capitalism.”

Georgia governor Nathan Deal supported the tax break before and after the controversy and was involved in its inception, but still signed the tax measure that removed it, referring to the entire situation as an “unbecoming squabble.”

Bastion said that he is proud to call Georgia the home of Delta and that he fully supports the 2nd Amendment and the Constitution, but that he disapproved of the NRA’s actions following the recent shooting in Florida.


Blue-collar workers looking forward to Trump tariffs

President Donald Trump announced that he planned to impose large tariffs on imported steel and aluminum.

Michael A. Bless, the president of Century Aluminum, said that he believes saying the American Steel workers are enthusiastic or gratified would be un understatement.

American steel buyers such as Boeing and General Motors also support the tariffs because this change will give the American steel industry more business, which Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg said will “likely lead to an increased quality of life for steel workers and better compensation for blue-collar workers.”

Muilenburg believes that if one of America’s largest industries in steel manufacturing were to improve, those workers would likely invest into the companies that support them, including but not limited to Boeing.

Following the news, stock values rose for the steel industry and steel users such as Boeing.

The aluminum industry also anticipates the change. MillerCoors is the second largest beer producer in the country and announced via Twitter that the company already buys as much American steel as possible.

InSteel Industries CEO H. O. Woltz III said that he looks forward to the change because the value of American Steel will increase, and he can charge more if the company decided to do so, putting more money in the pockets of hard-working Americans, but recognizes that it may strain the relationships his company has with major steel consumers.

Woltz announced that no price changes will take place in the near future, but that “nothing can be said for certain, as we must prioritize our hard-working employees and their families first.”

President Trump believes that America’s free-trade economy has damaged its industrial base, leading to a number of financial problems for its people and that this is one option to consider in order to enforce his “America first” policies.


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