SLC Challenging the Sources

Part deux of the CPL SLC assignments

Challenging the Sources

Question: Is it true that Obamacare provides for opening “free gasoline” service stations for low-income people?
Answer: No.

The idea of this rumor has been circulating for some time on the Internet. But the truth tells that this rumor originated in an article on a humor site, The Daily Currant:

“The $2 billion-a-year program aims to distribute 40 million gallons of free gasoline each year through 70 new gas stations constructed in major metropolitan areas. The Department of Health and Human Services (DHS) will be responsible for operating the network, whose first station opened yesterday in Detroit.

“Supposedly access to the station is determined by income,” says Ebony Jackson, manager of the first Obamastation. “But it’s pretty unrealistic to do an income check on each and every driver. So what we do is basically let all the black people pump for free, and charge all the white people the market rate.”

However, this is satire, not real news. The site’s About page reads:
“The Daily Currant is an English language online satirical newspaper that covers global politics, business, technology, entertainment, science, health and media. It is accessible from over 190 countries worldwide – now including South Sudan.

Our mission is to ridicule the timid ignorance which obstructs our progress, and promote intelligence – which presses forward.”

Obamacare does not state that its mission is to give free gasoline to those with low income. However, its mission is to expand availability in medical help and services to those with low income. It is common sense to know that free gasoline does not aid in the improvement of health.

According to FactCheck.org here are some more satirical news websites:
The Borowitz Report
http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/bios/andy_borowitz/search?contributorName=andy%20borowitz
The Daily Rash
http://www.thedailyrash.com/about/
The Duffel Blog
http://www.duffelblog.com/about/
National Report
http://nationalreport.net/disclaimer/

And many more that you can find at this link:
http://www.factcheck.org/2013/11/free-gas-for-low-income-americans/

Sources

“Government Opening Free Gas Stations in Poor Neighborhoods.” The Daily Currant. 29 October 2013, accessed 21 November 2013.
“About – The Daily Currant.” The Daily Currant. Accessed 21 November 2013.
Public Law 111–148. Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. 111th Congress. Enacted 23 Mar 2010.
“Andy Borowitz – Search.” The New Yorker. Accessed 21 November 2013.
Borowitz, Andy. “Shocker: The New Yorker Acquires the Borowitz Report.” The New Yorker. 18 July 2013, accessed 22 November 2013.
“About.” The Daily Rash. Accessed 21 November 2013.
“About Us – The Duffel Blog.” The Duffel Blog. Accessed 22 November 2013.
Farley, Robert. “Did Undelivered Military Ballots Give Election to Obama?” 9 November 2012, accessed 22 November”
“Disclaimer – National Report.” National Report. Accessed 21 November 2013.
“Fox News Host Totally Thinks Obama is Funding a Muslim Museum.” msnNow. 6 October 2013, accessed 22 November 2013.

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