Local professor speaks about importance of fact checking

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BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) -- A fake statement provided by President Trump's Counselor, Kellyanne Conway, sends Bowling Green in to a heyday.

"I mean, it never happened, so why would you mention it on the news?" WKU student Cheyenne Seaton stated.

"Honestly, I was a little shocked, cause usually our city of Bowling Green is very calm, and nothing really goes on, especially nothing pertaining to a massacre," WKU student Madison Bonzo added.

As the news over Conway's interview statement spreads quickly, WKU Journalism Professor Mac McKerral sees this as a valuable lesson regarding fact checking, no matter who says what.

"This notion that fake news is the new thing is preposterous. It's been around forever."

"People are going to believe what makes them comfortable, and they're not necessarily going to look for alternative sources to the information that they get," Professor McKerral added.

But on the contrary, the WKU professor says news sources should follow up when something doesn't sound quite right.

"Why wasn't Chris Matthews asking her about the massacre in Bowling Green? There's some responsibility on the news side too. He's surrounded by producers, all of them online. It wouldn't take much to say 'hey, we're not finding much about this massacre," McKerral mentioned.

All-in-all, if you want to know something, Professor McKerral says do some research.

"You don't stop with news stories, you start with them. Fact-checking organizations, which are becoming really good, the really good ones drill down when they're examining statements people make."

A false fact brings true impact to the city of Bowling Green, Kentucky.

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