How to Spot “Fake News” and “Alternative Facts”

Lately it seems like you hear the words “fake news” more than you hear actual news (collective groan). During a time where social media has become one of the major ways of consuming news and learning about important happenings in the world, it’s imperative that we remember – as annoying as the coined term “alternative facts” might be – not everything we read should be taken as truth. As (hopefully) responsible citizens, it’s our job to weed through the mess and figure out how to spot “fake news” and “alternative facts.”

First things first, where exactly are you getting your information? Is it a skewed news channel that tends to favor a certain political party? Are you retweeting an article you skimmed through and blindly believing them? If you want to make informed decisions, it’s important to not rely on one media outlet for your news. Check your sources. And read multiple accounts from various points of view.

Regardless of how arguably immoral it might be in terms of journalistic integrity the media industry is still a business, and sometimes the truth gets a little foggy. When it comes to significant issues you’ve got to be willing to dig deeper than the depths of twitter in order to form a legitimately well informed opinion on the topic and weed through all of the “fake news” out there.

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