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Spring 2017
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Fake News: What is it?

As the Washington Post reports: “Fake news can now… refer to the phenomenon of a news source publishing something that is inaccurate but is still believed and shared by readers.”

In other words, even news that is selectively reported* or unintentionally misleading**, has now come to be lumped together with “deliberately fabricated stories, often with the purpose of making money for the creators.”

Agree or disagree?


*Our biases and “blind spots” are always a part of us! – even as we might strive to be more fair in seeing things as they are, holding our own attitudes in check.

**Like things the Post itself sometimes has published – see here and here for example.


Dissect an example

Example (courtesy of Indiana University Libraries)


Fact Checking Sites and plug ins

Fact-Checking Sites:

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