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Fake News 101: Fact Checking

This guide provides an overview of fake news, examples, tips on how to fact check, and recommendations for neutral news sources.


This handy guide suggests where well known media outlets fall on the spectrum from conservative to liberal, and informational to extreme.

Click HERE to see Ms. Otero's original post, along with an explanation of the criteria she used to create this chart.

Fun Fact: Did you know that if the author's name is given as Paul Horner or Jimmy Rustling the article/site is probably fake? Click here for a Washington Post interview with Paul Horner. Click here to see some of "Jimmy's" posts.

The links below are for resources you can use to find out if a story is real or not. Also, try using some of these Google tips.

  1. Add link: to any website to find out which other sites link back to it. This can sometimes reveal the quality, or lack thereof, of a particular story.
  2. Any time you see a picture on a post or a web site that you suspect is fake, check it! Right click (control click) on the image and choose "search Google for image". You may find where it was originally used, or that it has been modified many times.