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NBC Tweets “Fact Checking” on Ridiculous Things



NBC tweeted out images attempting to “fact check” things candidates are saying (mostly Trump’s statements). Aside from the term “fact check” being beat to death by Hillary Clinton, NBC decided to nit-pick Donald Trump’s quote saying that Hillary Clinton “acid washed” her email servers. Trump has on multiple occasions said the correct term for the program that Clinton used, called BleachBit. BleachBit is not even an “app” though NBC calls it one, it is software used to remove files from a disk, or in Hillary’s case, a server. A description from BleachBit’s website:

When your computer is getting full, BleachBit quickly frees disk space. When your information is only your business, BleachBit guards your privacy. With BleachBit you can free cache, delete cookies, clear Internet history, shred temporary files, delete logs, and discard junk you didn’t know was there. Designed for Linux and Windows systems, it wipes clean thousands of applications including Firefox, Internet Explorer, Adobe Flash, Google Chrome, Opera, Safari,and more. Beyond simply deleting files, BleachBit includes advanced features such as shredding files to prevent recovery, wiping free disk space to hide traces of files deleted by other applications, and vacuuming Firefox to make it faster. Better than free, BleachBit is open source.

Donald Trump obviously did not mean that they used actual acids on the server to remove the emails as he has referred to the program before. Though Hillary has gotten confused on the subject herself.

Here is the tweet in question. Other twitter users were quick to mock NBC for their failure of a fact check and obvious attempt to prove Trump wrong on something that nobody was confused by in the first place. Nobody thinks that chemicals were used to remove the information from Clinton’s servers, except for the confused former Secretary herself. This is definitely a failure of a fact check.


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