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.
Fact Checking Sites and plug ins
- Media Bias/Fact Check
- Washington Post Fact Checker
- The Trump Administration Archive collection of TV broadcasts from 2009 to date, with factchecks.
- BS Detector (Chrome, Firefox, Safari)
- Fake News Alert (Chrome)
- This is Fake (Chrome, for Facebook feed)
Identifying Fake News Sites:
- False, Misleading, Clickbait-y, and Satirical “News” Sources (Huge list of fake news sites)
- NPR's Accuracy Checklist for reporters