Definitions of Political and Partisan

POLITICAL

YES

The article is Political if it relates to politics, including political figures, political policies, political events, and political parties

NO

The article is NOT Political if it does not mention or is not related to politics or those in politics.

PARTISAN

HYPER-PARTISAN

Political articles that explicitly discuss political parties or figures in an extremely unbalanced, biased, or incomplete manner. Discussion of topics that have been politicized isn’t necessarily hyper-partisan. It is hyper-partisan if it mentions a political figure, party, or issue in a very positive or negative way. This may include aggressive or emotional language, name-calling, exaggeration, or biased language. You may also notice words that are all capitalized or an abundance of exclamation marks. 

NOT HYPER-PARTISAN

Anything that is not hyper-partisan should be classified as not hyper-partisan.

Examples

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1dNgTUbvKoDGvwLZPfqUlYYj4J0VL-TDrVpajyF27Sr4/edit

POLITICAL+ HYPER-PARTISAN

https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/political-commentary/trump-sedition-treason-arrest-prosecution-lock-him-up-1111338/ (hyper)

 

https://dcdirtylaundry.com/airborne-thought-police-delta-kicks-two-women-off-flight-for-having-private-conservation-about-trump/

POLITICAL+ NOT HYPER-PARTISAN

https://www.newyorker.com/news/annals-of-a-warming-planet/amy-coney-barrett-should-recuse-herself-from-big-oils-supreme-court-case (nonpartisan)

 

https://www.adweek.com/media/after-encouraging-supporters-to-storm-capitol-twitter-facebook-and-youtube-take-action-against-trump/?utm_medium=browser_notification&utm_source=pushly&utm_campaign=763271

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/man-holding-confederate-flag-capitol-during-pro-trump-riot-turns-n1254307 

 

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-55656898

 

https://www.politico.com/news/2021/01/14/new-york-attorney-general-suing-nypd-over-protest-response-459421

Definition of Conspiracy Theory

CONSPIRACY THEORY

YES

This article expresses belief in or gives credence to a conspiracy theory. By definition, a conspiracy theory forwards a theory that there is a covert, influential organization that is responsible for certain events. These may deal with topics such as Illuminati, JFK’s death, 9/11, coronavirus as a biological weapon, bigfoot, pizzagate, QAnon, aliens and UFOs, deep state, Sandy Hook, flat earth, the moon landing, etc.

Caution: Just reporting on a known conspiracy theory does not qualify as a conspiracy theory. It must express a belief in or validate the theory as true.

CONSPIRACY THEORY

NO

The article does not confirm or validate a conspiracy theory.

Examples

CONSPIRACY THEORY (YES)

https://dcdirtylaundry.com/false-flag-confirmed-viking-who-stormed-the-capitol-building-previously-photographed-at-blm-rally-wearing-the-same-outfit/

 

https://dcdirtylaundry.com/chinese-shipping-receipt-found-in-trash-bucket-of-shredded-fake-ballots-in-georgia/

 

NOT CONSPIRACY THEORY

https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2021/01/benghazi-capitol-attack-republicans-cruz-jordan.html

 

https://www.wired.com/story/republican-lawmaker-denounced-qanon-denver-riggleman/