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The fact that the second site has no author or publisher, and that the information seems off-topic and irrelevant, should serve to warn you that this web site is not a legitimate source of information on your research topic. By consulting Register.com (www.register.com), you can find out who registered the web site (i.e., who is the author or publisher). The author of the second King site is associated with an organization called Stormfront (www.stormfront.org). Check it out! Once you've seen the Stormfront homepage, you'll have a pretty good idea as to what's up with the MartinLutherKing.org site.
Why would an organization like Stormfront put up a page almost identical (in look) to that of the King Center? The intent seems to be to cause confusion on Dr. King through the use of an ad hominem argument (irrelevantly emphasizng his personal flaws in an effort to detract from his public message).
In addition to possibly confusing the issue of Dr. King, his role in the Civil Rights Movement, and the topic of civil rights in general, Stormfront's King site looks as though it were a research-oriented page. This encourages students to use its contents in their research, thus spreading its message under the guise of truth.*
*Piper, Paul S. "Web Hoaxes, Counterfeit Sites, and Other Spurious Information on the Internet." In Web of Deception: Misinformation on the Internet. Ed. Anne P. Mintz. Medford, NJ: Information Today, 2002. 3.
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