Just The Facts: A Writing Assignment

Just Facts: A Writing Assignment

Find The Facts

Sometimes the stars align perfectly. I think we finally moved past the general “freak out” that occurs around every writing assignment. For a while Primo convinced himself that he could not write. However, the last few assignments prove otherwise. In this case, we tasked Primo to analyze news articles about a recent event, and subsequently write an article of his own. Recent events around the election make this assignment especially useful. To ensure a “balanced” approach, the assignment requires that he search out articles from multiple sources. We insisted at least one article be from a foreign source.

Pulling articles from Washington PostFox NewsNBC NewsCNNNew York Times, Los Angles TimesTownhall Daily, Wall Street Journal, and BBC News allowed Primo to see how subtle word usage can change the context of a fact, separating journalism from opinion. Within the morass of information, as The X-Files would assert, “The truth is out there”, so Primo’s analysis was surprisingly thorough as he waded through opinionated language (“explosive”, “extraordinary”, “browbeating”, “rattled”, “trove”, “hysterical”, etc.) to find the relevant points upon which each of the news outlets could agree.

His article is below, and I can definitely attest that the child can write:

Emails Found in Weiner Investigation Lead FBI to Reopen Clinton Server Probe

On Friday, October 28, the FBI revealed that it was probing a new batch of emails that “appear to be pertinent” to its previous investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email server. The FBI found the emails on a laptop that disgraced former congressman Anthony Weiner allegedly used to send sexually explicit text messages to a 15-year-old female. Weiner’s ex-wife, top Clinton aide Huma Abedin, had used the computer to contact Clinton via email. Investigators are now thoroughly checking the emails on the computer for classified information.

The Clinton campaign is shocked about this revelation, but is “confident whatever they [the emails] are will not change the conclusion reached in July.” Further, Clinton called on FBI Director James Comey to reveal any emails the FBI had found, stating that since “voting is already underway, … the American people deserve to get the full facts immediately.” When asked whether the new emails will effect the election, Clinton said, “I think people have made up their minds a long time ago.”

Democrats have become outraged at the FBI’s timing. John Podesta, the Clinton campaign chairman, expressed that “it is extraordinary that we would see something like this just 11 days out from a presidential election.” “The FBI has a history of extreme caution near Election Day so as not to influence the results,” Sen. Dianne Feinstein, another Democrat from California, voiced: “Today’s break from that tradition is appalling.”

Republicans have been surprised as well; Rep. Peter T. King of New York called the news “a total bombshell,” and Sen. Charles E. Grassley from Iowa (a frequent Clinton critic) called it “unsolicited and, quite honestly, surprising.” “Congress and the public deserve more context to properly assess what evidence the FBI has discovered and what it plans to do with it,” Grassley continued.

While the emails in question may be “numerous,” as an anonymous law enforcement official stated, it has been made clear by FBI officials that it is too early to assess the significance of the new findings. They affirmed that it is possible some or all of the emails to be duplicates of the emails already investigated. Being revealed only 11 days before the election, the investigation will be far from over on November 8th.

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