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Some Tips for Staying Sane in a World of Fake News


The Pew Research Center states that 63% of Americans get their news from Face Book and Twitter.  Be part of the 37% who gain their information from non-social media sites. 


Here are some bullet points from FactCheck.Org “How to Spot Fake News Nov 18, 2016 by Eugene Kiely and Lori Robertson.


·         Consider the Source; maintains a list of known fake news websites

·         Read beyond the headline

·         Check the author; besides the author page, use Linkedin or Google to see if other articles on the topic have been written by the same person

·         What’s the support; fake news creators are good at coming up with official sounding titles for things – like the “Crime Statistics Bureau – San Francisco” that do not exist

·         Is it satire in disguise as news?

·         Check your own biases; this is tough, but fake news is written to set off emotions.  Sometimes we are willing to believe the unbelievable if it confirms our own biases.

·         Consult the experts;,, the Washington Post Fact Checker and are good sources to verify a viral news story.  


There are some teaching tools for educators and parents to share with students.  The Albuquerque Public Library has a nice guide  So does the News Literacy Project