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“Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not to his own facts.”
- Daniel Patrick Moynihan
Check Your Facts
Have you found something on the Internet or in a publication and you're wondering if it's true? Check out these sites for further clarification.
This resource, provided by the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania, focuses on political issues.
This Pulitzer Prize-winning site, provided by the St. Petersburg Times and Congressional Quarterly, analyzes political issues. Check out this site's "truth-o-meters" and "flip-o-meters".
This site seeks to verify the truth behind a multitude of urban legends. Cites outside sources.
Tips for Finding News
Great for breaking news and first-person accounts in real-time
- Sometimes initial info later proven to be false or inaccurate; be aware of updated info, particularly before spreading news to others
Consider reliability and credibility before using or sharing info
- How was info posted? - Friend? News outlet that you follow?
- How are claims supported? - Expert opinion? Academic research?
- How often was item "liked" or shared? By whom?
Aggregators (Google News, BuzzFeed,Yahoo)
Quick way to get a news update
Consider purpose and bias
- Be aware of sponsored content - It's paid to be there.
- May be customized to your search history or personal settings - Variety of sources and perspectives will be limited.
How do you know what to trust?
Learn more about a specific source: Media Bias Fact Check
Click on this Source Bias Chart