How to Spot Fake News

Carolyn Thompson, in an article written for the Associated Press, advises on how to spot fake news. Here are her suggestions:

  • Consider where it was first published?
  • Is there a source?
  • Is the source reliable?
  • Has it been “fact checked?”
  • Is it aimed at riling you up?
  • Beware of satire. (The Onion, Andy Borowitz)
  • Does it have the “ring of truth.”

Try these suggestions on the following:

  • Obama is a Muslim.
  • Obama is a Communist.
  • Obama was born in Kenya.
  • Hillary Clinton has cancer.
  • President Obama banned the Pledge of Allegiance in schools (on an impostor web site)
  • Valerie Jarrett moved into the Obama’s home to help Barack try to destroy Trump.
  • Obama had Trump’s phone tapped before he became president.
  • Activists marching with signs are paid by George Soros.
  • The Trump campaign conspired with Russians.

Are any of the above believable? Ask yourself why.

Note: I can’t find a link to Carolyn Thompson’s original article which appeared in the Elmira Star-Gazette, but you can search it up if you are interested.



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7 Responses to How to Spot Fake News

  1. Bob McGill says:

    You forgot that if it is posted here it is fake


  2. whungerford says:

    Hi Bob. It is always good to hear from you. I am glad you are still a fan.


  3. Bob McGill says:

    Still here, and nothing has changed , you keep posting the same old GARBAGE . I still want to know how much you’re getting paid.


  4. Pingback: Did Obama Tapp Trump’s Phones? | New NY 23rd

  5. Aretha says:

    I thoroughly enjoy Mr. Hungerford’s informative and thought provoking articles. It is you Mr. McGill who spews garbage. Why don’t you join the trolls on Yahoo online?


  6. Steve Beikirch says:

    Bob McGill, based on your Facebook page, people don’t care what you have to say there either.


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