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Fake News vs. Real News: Fact Checking

How to determine actual and reliable information on the internet and in social media feeds

News from the web and their biases

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Sites and Tools for Fact Checking This organization checks  the factual accuracy of what is said by major U.S. political players in the form of TV ads, debates, speeches, interviews and news releases. This highly regarded rumor analyzing site has been researching rumors since 1995. PolitiFact staffers research statements and rate their accuracy on the Truth-O-Meter, from True to False. The most ridiculous falsehoods get the lowest rating, Pants on Fire.

Washington Post Fact Checker: Veteran award-winning journalist Glenn Kessler applies "The Pinocchio Test" to claims and statements by various political figures and political entities.

Media Bias Checks

"...[N]ot all fake news is cre­ated equal... [S]ome of it is pro­duced by ide­o­log­i­cally moti­vated activists who are engaging in con­sti­tu­tion­ally pro­tected polit­ical speech."

Dan Kennedy, Assistant Professor of Journalism, Northwestern University"Fake News Versus False News: Why They're Different, And Why It Matters"

Media Bias/Fact Check - Search a database of 950+ news sources

A list of fake news sites to avoid from U.S. News & World Reports

LibGuide Credit

This LibGuide was originally created by Northern Essex Community College in Haverhill and Lawrence MA. Adapted with permission.