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Spotting Fake News: Fact Checking

Identifying and avoiding fake, misleading or heavily biased "news."

Can it pass the SMELL Test?

S - Source

Where did it come from?  Who wrote it, published it, posted it? When was it written? 

M - Motivation

What are they trying to sell you? Who has what to gain (or lose)?

E- Evidence

Where'd they get their data? Are there citations? Who is (or is not) quoted?

L - Logic

Can you follow their train of thought? Do they commit logical fallacies?

L- Left Out

What aren't they telling you?  

Fact checking resources

FactCheck.org
SciCheck
Politifact
Snopes
All Sides

If it's too good to be true...

Fact checking like a pro.

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