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Fake News

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Have you noticed the term “fake news” going around a lot lately? With all the different media sites swirling around, how do you know if what you’re seeing actually happened.

Well, the first thing to do is to use common sense. I’m pretty sure that Donald Trump isn’t secretly forming an alliance with aliens that live on the moon, or that flies hold the secrets to eternal life, or that the world will be destroyed by an asteroid in 2018. Before you just start screaming about the Mayan Apocalypse, you first need to ask yourself, “Wait, does this make sense?” 

Secondly, make sure that the news site that your information is coming from isn’t a sketchy website such as Consinfo or a satire site such as Newslo.

Finally, don’t share random bits of news or “cool facts” without first verifying their accuracy because you could be contributing to the spread of fake news. For your benefit and amusement, I have included a list of sites that are obviously fake

1) The Onion

2) Politicot

3) RealClearPolitics

 

2 Comments

  1. What about the news that could happen but is fake? For example protests because there have been so many how would you know if a news company did not just make one up? Also even “trusted” sites and newspapers could still make something up, even though it might not be the whole subject that is made up. With all the politics going on today I really don’t know what is completely true. I feel like your blog post gives everyone a better understanding but the subject is a bit more advanced.

  2. I think that it is hysterical that you included fake news sights. I NEEEEEEEED to read them. But yes I have noticed fake news going around. Especially in politics and terorists bombing cities. Hopefully that will stop.

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