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Fighting Fake News: The Basics

Helpful definitions and tips for identifying fake news and understanding what it means to live in a post-truth world.
Truth is so obscure in these times and falsehood so established that unless we love the truth, we cannot know it.                                                                                                                                                                                 ~Blaise Pascal (17th Century)

Post-Truth Tips

  • Read, watch, and listen to information from MULTIPLE sources.
  • Don't take opinion and commentary at face value, always QUESTION assumptions.
  • Check your own biases. Ask yourself WHY you feel the way you feel and remember feelings aren't facts
  • Be OPEN to different and new perspectives.
  • You are entitled to your own opinions but NOT your own facts. 

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News Quality Graphic

While this is not a solid scientific classification, it is, nonetheless, a helpful graphic to identify the quality of news media outlets.

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I would like to give credit to Joe Hardenbrook of Carroll University.  Most of the information used to create this guide is from his libguide made for Carroll's Library.

Post-Truth and Related Concepts: An Introduction

Fact Checking Sites

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