Journalism 133: Prof. Craig: Fact Checking Exercise

Fact Checking Exercise

Numerous factual errors have been introduced into the following brief news article, but it is based on a current real story. All spellings of names and all quoted words here are accurate, but other elements have been changed. 

Please download the Word document of this story or paste the text below into a Word document.  Next, look up and verify all information, then use Track Changes to fix all errors and rewrite the story with all errors corrected.  Email the completed assignment to me by class time Monday.

Proud Boys leader launches CA senate bid

A leader of the Proud Boys, a far-right, white nationalist group, has announced plans to run for California State Senate.

Enrique Tarrio filed paperwork last week to run for the seat in the 6th District against Democratic incumbent Richard Pan.  The district covers most of the Sacramento area. 

Last year, Tarrio was expelled from the Solano County Republican Party after members discovered his ties to the group through online videos and social media posts.  During the Zoom meeting in which he was expelled, Tarrio complained and threatened members for “violating my civil rights.”

Tarrio has since said he will sue the party group, saying in an online video, “I’m coming for you, bro!”

Tarrio has a history of provocative statements in social media.  In one video, he is seen at a rally in Portland, Oregon, saying "all the illegals trying to jump over our border, we should be smashing their heads into the concrete."

Tarrio is not the first Proud Boys member to run for office.  Last year Derrick Gibson, a business owner and far-right podcaster, ran in an unsuccessful bid for governor of Virginia.  Edgar “Remy Del Toro” Gonzalez, one of the participants in the Jan. 6, 2021 Capitol riot, has announced plans to run for a state senate seat in Ohio.   


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