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Media Bias and Questionable News

The 8 Best Fact-Checking Sites


Consult this:  Colby Sawyer College - What is Fake News?


  • Fabricated News: Sources that intentionally fabricate information, disseminate purposefully deceptive content, or grossly distort actual news reports
  • Satire: Sources that use humor, irony, exaggeration, ridicule, and false information to comment on current events, but do not provide actual information on those events.
  • Bias: Sources that are more interested in convincing readers that a particular point of view is "right" than with accurate reporting of events. They often rely on propaganda, decontextualized information, and opinions framed as facts .
  • Rumor Mill: Sources that traffic in rumors, gossip, innuendo, and unverified claims.
  • State News: Sources that operate under the control of the government in a repressive state.
  • Clickbait: Sources that use exaggerated, misleading, or questionable headlines, social media descriptions, and/or images to drive web traffic. The content of these sources may or may not be credible. The headline will be more concerned with driving web traffic than with accurately representing the story or events. 
  • Junk Science: Sources that promote pseudoscience, metaphysics, naturalistic fallacies, and other scientifically dubious claims.



For further inforamtion, consult this research guide from another library that discusses the definition and explanation of fake news:

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