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CheckPoint - Argument Credibility
Locate a link to an online video or print news story from your favorite online news source. Your choice of source may range from a major news network to a small opinion magazine, but should not include YouTube or Google VideoTM video search.
Select a story in which claims are made, and note the story title and source name. If you cannot obtain a direct link to a video, write a summary of the video’s key points and provide a link to the Web site where you found the clip.

Answer the following questions in a 100- to 200-word response:

 What claims are being made?
 Do the claims conflict with your personal observations?
 What background information do you have about the claims?
 What is the expertise of the author, if any?
 Is the author biased and untrustworthy, or unbiased and trustworthy?

The article I chose is, Greece Nears the Precipice, Raising Fear by Landon Thomas Jr., Published: September 19, 2011 - NY Times. I chose this article for its argumentative but explanatory explanation on the topic of Greece’s debt problems. This article describes the recent economic troubles in Greece and possibilities of default on government debt. The article claims that if Greece does not act upon its debt and default larger problems can arise in their economy as well as other parts of Europe. The article states, "My view is that it is very much in Greece’s interest to default now, as there is no prospect that it can repay its debt,” said Desmond Lachman, a former I.M.F. economist at the American Enterprise Institute. “If it is inevitable that an insolvent Greece is going to have to restructure, it would be better for Greece to do it now.” This is a powerful closing at…...

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