I heard a statement that I wanted to ask the site about. However, I heard the claim in a movie, and therefore I cannot link to the scene in question (due to copyright issues, etc).

Would an honest transcript of the scene in question and a timestamp be sufficient sourcing of the claim?

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Usually, but clearly not always, a scene will be available on media sharing sites under fair use exemptions. A transcript should also be fine, although in many cases it might not be sufficient as some claims might have a visual component.

Keep in mind though that we don't generally allow movies as source of claims because movies are fiction, which is clearly a big disclaimer. We allow claims presented as real e.g. in a honest documentary (i.e. not mockumentaries).

  • I understand not allowing movies as the source of a claim. However, this movie in question, while not a documentary, goes out of its way to be as factually accurate as possible. There isn't a visual component to the conversation (and it's mostly a monologue anyway) and the claim in question is a testable claim about the US Economy.
    – DenisS
    Commented Aug 22, 2017 at 19:35

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