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Breaking News Guidelines [updated 02-28-21]

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Rules and Guidelines for the *Breaking News* forum

- All Forum Rules apply here

II - All Opening Post threads posted in *BN* must have:

• Static link to an article from a news organization or website (the 'source')
• Dateline within the past 48 hours
• Exact same title as the cited article
• Your own unique content to spur discussion

III - The following types of articles may not be posted in the *BN* forum:

• Articles that meet the above standards, but contain overly partisan commentary and/or are otherwise clearly biased
• Editorials and Op/Ed pieces

IV - Examples of "a news organization or website" (the 'source'):

CNN, FOX News, ABC, NBC, CBS, Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Associated Press, Huffington Post, Drudge Report, The Blaze, Breitbart, Vox, Vice, Axios

* These are examples, this is not an all-inclusive list; The story linked must be actual news and not contain overtly biased reporting or be op-ed pieces, editorials or blogs

V - Examples that are not considered "a news organization or website" (the 'source'):

Social media (Twitter, Facebook, Parler, etc...), YouTube, The Gateway Pundit, InfoWars, satirical websites (The Onion, Babylon Bee, World News Daily Report, etc...)

* These are examples, this is not an all-inclusive list

VI - R.I.P. Tag rules
• As per this announcement, threads marked with the R.I.P. Tag are for respectful remembrance of the dead and should be approached with the same etiquette one would show at a funeral.
• Users may make a standard thread with the same story as used in the R.I.P. thread, and vice versa.

If you see a thread in BN that you believe does not meet these requirements, please use the "Report Post" feature to alert the Moderation Team. The Debate Politics staff reserves the right to move any thread that is considered in violation of the *Breaking News* Rules and Guidelines or is mis-filed.

* This is not the place to discuss the Israel/Palestine situation. Israel and Palestine are in the Middle East and there is a specific forum for this discussion. Any mention of the Israel/Palestine conflict in any of the Breaking News Forums will result in a B/F/T infraction. This new rule is firm and there will be no "wiggle room" in terms of the I/P conflict being discussed in any forum other than the ME Forum.

Edit Log:
10/29/12 - Added "Static" to the link which means links never change. Links to a news page that changes often are unwelcome.
04/06/13 - Added I/P notation
02/28/21 - Removed quoted excerpt (software shows a pre-view of the source material when OP is formatted properly), consolidation of BN - MSM and BN - non-MSM into one forum (BN), simplified 'source' definition
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