I found a fantastic website comparing Obama with McCain. I wanted to use it for a newspaper article I'm writing. But I need to know if it is an accurate source of information. I don't want to stumble upon something propagating false information on either candidate. Have any of you heard of this site? Or maybe have one that's been proven objectivity.
IT seems sound enough. I would compare info from this site with other sources and see if they match up...
The site seems OK, here are some "things" you can compare to the site.
I got these off of Facebook, John McCain; so they may not be accurate.
Gender: Male Birthday: August 29, 1936 Political Views: Conservative Religious Views: North Phoenix Baptist Church Interests: Sports, Hiking, Fishing, Boxing, Basketball, Football, Baseball, History Favorite Movies: Viva Zapata, Letters From Iwo Jima, Some Like It Hot Favorite Books: For Whom the Bell Tolls Favorite TV Shows: 24, Seinfeld Work Info
Employer: United States Navy Position: Captain, Squadron Commander, Pilot Time Period: 1958 - 1981 Description: Naval honors include the Silver Star, Bronze Star, Legion of Merit, Purple Heart, and the Distinguished Flying Cross. Employer: United States Congress Position: Senator Time Period: 1986 - Present Description: Elected to the United States Senate to take the place of Arizona's great Senator Barry Goldwater. Senator McCain is currently the senior senator from Arizona. Employer: United States Congress Position: U.S. Representative Time Period: 1982 - 1986 Description: Elected to Congress representing what was then the first congressional district of Arizona Education Info
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Email: [EMAIL="firstname.lastname@example.org"]email@example.com[/EMAIL] Phone: 7034182008 Location: P.O. Box 16118 Alexandria, VA, 22215
Here are some details taken off his own site: John McCain has a remarkable record of leadership and experience that embodies his unwavering lifetime commitment to service. First elected to the U.S. House of Representatives from Arizona in 1982, John has led the fight for reforming Washington, eliminating wasteful government spending, and strengthening our nation's armed forces.
John McCain's reform agenda to reduce federal spending and lower taxes quickly elevated him to statewide office and he was elected to the United States Senate in 1986, after serving two terms in the U.S. House.
In the Senate, John continued to demand that Congress put an end to loopholes for special interests and fix the broken system in Washington that too often allows lobbyists to write legislation and members of Congress to waste taxpayer money. In November 2004, Senator McCain was overwhelmingly reelected with nearly 77 percent of the vote.
As the son and grandson of distinguished Navy admirals, John McCain deeply values duty, honor and service of country. John attended college at the United States Naval Academy, and launched a 22-year career as a naval aviator upon his graduation. He continued the McCain tradition of service to country passed down to him from his father and grandfather when he asked to serve in the Vietnam War.
On July 29 1967, John narrowly survived the first of many near-death experiences during his lifetime while preparing to take off on a bombing mission over North Vietnam from his ship, the USS Forrestal. A missile accidentally fired from a nearby plane struck the fuel tanks on John's plane and created a deadly inferno aboard the ship. John barely escaped the fiery disaster that killed 134 men, injured hundreds more and destroyed 20 planes.
Instead of taking the option to return home after the Forrestal disaster, Senator McCain volunteered for more combat duty - a fateful decision that stopped the clock on his life and separated him from his family, and country, for five and a half years.
During his 23rd bombing mission on October 26, 1967, a missile struck John's plane and forced him to eject, knocking him unconscious and breaking both his arms and his leg. John was then taken as a prisoner of war into the now infamous "Hanoi Hilton," where he was denied necessary medical treatment and often beaten by the North Vietnamese. John spent much of his time as a prisoner of war in solitary confinement, aided by his faith and the friendships of his fellow POWs. When he was finally released and able to return home years later, John continued his service by regaining his naval flight status.
Senator McCain's last Navy duty assignment was to serve as the naval liaison to the United States Senate. John retired from the Navy in 1981. His naval honors include the Silver Star, Bronze Star, Legion of Merit, Purple Heart, and the Distinguished Flying Cross.
Senator McCain has seven children and four grandchildren, and currently lives in Phoenix, Arizona with his wife Cindy.
Is this for College or High School or what? If it's for the latter it would be fine, but since there is a serious lack of citation, using it for a college-level work is out of the question. It also contains a lot of biased language.
46 and 2, are just ahead of me
23rd September 2004
Considering the disclaimer on the bottom of the homepage says "Please seek the advice of professionals, as appropriate, regarding the evaluation of any specific information, opinion, advice, or other content on this site" I would definitely not use this as a primary source, especially for college.
Generally you can use information like this when it has links back to the source of the information, but since it is just words on a webpage, it isn't legit. Of course, you can always google each point and search for another website with proper citation, or official posting (campaign websites, government sites, etc.)
This is an article for my high school newspaper. And really, It's going to be little more than a reference point. I will not be doing any citations or such, so I suppose I don't need to worry about the sites lack thereof. I simply need information and that website is formatted for very easy comparison.
46 and 2, are just ahead of me
23rd September 2004
What kind of an article are you writing, just a general comparison between the candidates or something?
I guess you could use that website as a reference, but check the facts to make sure they are correct (use this: Issues: Election Center 2008 - CNN.com for instance).
I wrote an article in a college paper (granted, it was a small, private college, and not very strict on styles --> see A.P. stylebook) comparing Obama and McCain on science and technology issues. I didn't cite anything, but I did check my facts with the campaign websites and later threw in a paragraph at the end mentioning that the information can be found on their respective websites.
Of course, pulling that off in a professional position would have me at the mouth of a shouting editor, but for high school you shouldn't have a problem. Remember, don't show any bias. :thumbsup:
I think it's good if you want all the information in one location. I think it'd fly for a high school paper to cite it like Seinfeld mentioned, but for college it should only point you in the direction for further research.
The only thing that concerns me is that website and the one it advertises for- "Clinton's for McCain" seem to be on the same network and use a similar format for their sites.