The rise of fake news has many people wondering if the news they’re getting today is real or fake, and wondering how they can identify fake news themselves.
Personally, I prefer news sources that have been around for at least 30 years and are boring as hell. If it’s a source that has its roots back in the days of Edward R. Murrow and Walter Kronkite and analyzes an issue in the most straightforward way – a.k.a. boring, but informative – and provides facts that are easy to prove as definitive facts (or at least take more than a 10 second Google search to disprove), then I’m in. My wife might complain and say that it feels like we’re 70 years old watching such shows, but that’s the point. I want my news to be informative and credible – not exciting or emotional.
But I digress . . .
With the current national conversation about fake news, people are looking for ways to identify it. National Public Radio and The News Literacy Project recently published a couple of really good guides for identifying fake news.
I personally like the Number 1 tip provided by The News Literacy Project: “Gauge your emotional reaction. Is it strong? Are you angry? Are you intensely hoping that the information turns out to be true? False?”