My efforts to reject fake and misleading news sites. This is an ongoing project of mine and is non-partisan list. I don’t want bogus news, no matter what the sources is. I want to make educated choices based on real and truthful information.
We will keep being fed bad news until we CHOOSE to investigate validity, denounce the sites and bad reporting, stop spreading false or misleading news, and demand better from our legitimate news sources.
Part of the reason bogus news sites get away with it so easily and can sneak so smoothly into our lives is because legitimate news sources slant, exaggerate, and promote bias. And they do this for ratings, not for our well being. They do it for revenue and advertising dollars and headlines. Many teeter on more entertainment value than actual, simple news. Why? Because we get bored with C-Span type reporting. We demand to be entertained and agreed with. Even when it alters actual fact and truth.
Some people just believe whatever they see in a public forum, or what they see that appears to be a legitimate news source/website without considering the fact that if a major news source isn’t reporting it, something may be wrong with the story they’re reading. But instead they presume the major news missed something or are hiding things.
Even actual news sources have articles that are opinion pieces, not actual news. I’ve learned my own hard lessons on this through this past election campaign. We as a society, and that includes myself need to become smarter than we are now. We get led like sheep too easily because these “news” sources feed off paranoia and fears and give us exactly what we want to believe, even if it’s not true, or a half or hyped truth. Paranoia is so rampant because of so much bogus news mixed with real people trying to find support for their own ideals. It’s reached a point that people want to believe a fake news story so badly that when the story is called out as being bogus, like by Snopes or by really REAL news sources, they think they are lying and are in defense of one side or the other. Democrats and Republicans alike, if we want to vote smarter, we need to be smarter.
Even every day news readers, if you want accuracy, if your brave enough to hear real truths instead of fake news that comforts or feeds your fears, investigate, ask questions, find REAL news coverage of the article and compare. Question every piece of info that’s handed to you. Don’t just take someone’s word, get involved and do your own footwork, learn to seek facts over “news” organizations whose main agenda may be click-baiting you, earn profit off you, or just to get you to share their news so they get famous. It’s their job to get us all worked up because then we keep coming back for more, not to educate us in facts.
Even our politicians have misled us from time to time. Giving phony data, trashing opponents only to find out they really don’t think they’re all that bad. Giving us lists of things they plan to do when they hit the ground running, only to deal with the cold hard truth that the way our country’s politics work is through compromise. And at times needing to abandon a promise made to us, simply because once in office, they realize it’s just not gonna work the way they thought it would.
The only way to combat all this is to do the work to find out what’s biased, what’s garbage, what’s out and out lies, what’s satire or what’s just the crazed ramblings of a reporter with an agenda. Be smarter than them!
Below are sources of bad news, bad journalism, hoax starters, etc… I will continue to add on to this list as I find more sources and more junk news.
ps…I love satirical material, just don’t like people thinking it’s actual news. There are some that do report actual news, such as Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, or The Daily Show. I like the shows, I hear some news. I know with those two, you know the difference between what’s the actual news and what is them making a joke or political point. But things like The Onion, stories have been taken as real because they are presented as real, when they are satirical.
Melissa Zimdars, a communication and media professor from Merrimack College in Massachusetts, has compiled a handy list of websites you should think twice about trusting. “Below is a list of fake, false, regularly misleading, and otherwise questionable ‘news’ organizations that are commonly shared on Facebook and other social media sites,” Zimdars explains. “Many of these websites rely on ‘outrage’ by using distorted headlines and decontextualized or dubious information in order to generate likes, shares, and profits.” (Click here to see the list.)
Excerpt From Huffington Post:
How do we combat this problem? Easy, we have to do some work. While I could give a long dissertation on what exactly that means, no one has the patience to read it all, so here are five quick steps that’ll fit in a meme…
1. Read first. Then share. I myself am guilty of basing comments or even clicking share based on the headline. This is the worst thing any of us could do. Stop being lazy.
2. Check the source (and their sources). In the age of new media true and valid information comes from non-traditional sources but so does a lot of garbage. Any article that posts facts, figures or quotes should provide a source for that information. If there is no backup for their claims, move on.
3. Watch out for recycled stories. One thing that seems to be feeding into the misinformation problem is when old stories are being presented as happening now. Check the date on the story before you read on. You’ll be shocked to see how many are from another time and aren’t applicable to the current event you thought they were talking about.
4. If you care about facts, ignore the blatantly slanted. Having a slant or taking a position on a story is not wrong in itself. What is wrong is when these ideas are taken as unbiased fact. You can avoid all of this by simply avoiding those sites to start with. Any website with the words: Conservative, Liberal, Democrat, Republican, etc. in the title are just advertising how slanted they are. That’s ok if you choose to live in your side’s bubble but please don’t have any delusions that these stories reflect the whole picture.
5. Google it. God (and Sergey) gave us Google for a reason. If you see a story that’s unbelievable or has no sources or even if it does, verify. See if the same facts are reported across multiple outlets. See if anyone disputes these facts. Read these pieces and then make up your mind.
If we could all take these simple steps our society would be a better place. We all have opinions and leanings. There is nothing wrong with that but could we at least all come from a starting point based on facts and reality?
The truth is, sharing illogical things begins to erode YOUR credibility and it makes you look foolish. Trust me, I speak from experience.
Now go share this, please.
Source: Huffington Post
Please let me know, or comment if you have any additional entries for my list. Thank you!!