Consider the source
Click away from the story to investigate the site, its mission, and its contact info
Headlines can be outrageous in an effort to get clicks. What's the whole story?
Check the author
Do a quick search on the author. Are they credible? Are they real?
Click on those links. Determine if the info given actually supports the story.
Check the date
Reposting old news stories doesn't mean they're relevant to current events.
Is it a joke?
If it is too outlandish, it might be satire. Research the site and author to be sure.
Check your biases
Consider if your own beliefs could affect your judgment.
Ask the experts
Ask a librarian or consult a fact-checking site.
RECENTLY, THE ACRL PUBLISHED A BLOG POST CRITICAL OF THE MEDIA BIAS CHART. TO READ MORE ABOUT THE CONCERNS AND THE ARGUMENT THAT THE CHART IS MORE OF A MEME THAN A USEFUL INFORMATION LITERACY TOOL, GO TO THIS WEBPAGE: https://acrlog.org/2021/02/23/complex-or-clickbait-the-problematic-media-bias-chart/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=complex-or-clickbait-the-problematic-media-bias-chart
While this is not a solid scientific classification, it is, nonetheless, a helpful graphic to identify the quality of news media outlets.