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HOW TO DETERMINE FAKE NEWS

INTRODUCTION

How do you know if news is fake?  I use the following method:

Critical thinking is essential to determining whether a piece of news is real or fake.  If you are extremely partisan, or are emotionally-engaged for one side or the other, looking at news objectively is very difficult, but is possible if you really want to know the truth.  You need to take shortcuts for determining fake vs. real news, because thoroughly going through an analysis each time you hear a news story takes too much time, and most people don’t have that much time.

BODY

First, you need to consider the source of the news and ask yourself, “how does the journalist know what s/he is telling me?”  Many sources are simply someone’s conjecture being stated as fact.  If journalists were completely honest, they would begin many of their opinion pieces with something like, “I believe,” or “I think,” rather than stating what they think as fact.

Second, you need to look at access.  Most of the time you hear journalists, with no special access to the President, report on what the President is thinking.  Once again, you need to ask yourself, ” how did they get their information?”  It usually is speculation stated as fact.

Third, you need to look at the track record of the journalist for reporting factualy.  After observing a potential source of information for accuracy, I decide whether to continue to use that source, because it’s very time-consuming to double and triple-check every fact (so I need to know who I can believe).  Fox News’ Brit Hume is one source I trust.

Fourth, I avoid partisan journalists who also are not truthful.  Being partisan is O.K. as long as the reporting is accurate and truhful.  For example, MSNBC’s Rachel Madow is very partisan and is not truthful, while Fox News’s partisan Sean Hannity is truthful, so I depend on him for information.

Fifth, there are many other sources, include bloggers and radio talk-show hosts, who are great sources of solid information.  Radio talk-show host, Rush Limbaugh, immediately comes to mind as a reliable source of accurate information.

Sixth, the very best source is to watch and listen to the real, actual source of much information, the kind you see on CSPAN-1, 2, or 3, not from most journalists or reporters.

Seventh, Bernard Goldberg’s books, Bias and Arrogance, and Bob Kohn’s book, Journalistic Fraud, are but a few of those that document how biased the news media is.  Everyone should be extremely careful taking anything from the mainstream media as factual and accurate.

CONCLUSION

Be cautious in quickly accepting as fact anything you hear or read.  If it sounds crazy, perhaps it is.  The media has an agenda and usually doesn’t even report those things that don’t fit into its agenda.  It is disheartening to see but it’s today’s reality.  Eternal vigilance in srutinizing the media is necesssary to keep the media honest and simply reporting the news rather than fabricating or twisting it.

 

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