The pop-culture-trivia-snark-list website Cracked (and how sad is it that the site based on the inferior magazine knock-off of Mad Magazine is still going and Mad has bitten the metaphorical dust?) has a post listing twenty ways not to be fooled by fake news. It starts out,
Thanks to the Twitters and the Facebooks of the world, these days we pretty much just get our “news” from the clickbait headlines we see while scrolling through poorly-made but still hilarious memes. Which sucks, because it’s pretty much ruining society. So here’s how to avoid becoming an uninformed angry internet denizen in the future.
Among the article’s observations:
- Don’t trust The Daily Mail. I knew it was basically a rag, but I didn’t know the Daily Mail has overtaken the New York Times as the most visited news website.
I’ve never used the Daily Mail for a story without checking other sources, but he’s right; it’s lazy. I won’t use it from now on.
- The use of the term “after ” in a headline implies causation that is often not there.
This is a New York Times specialty, particularly on Trump-bashing stories by reporter Maggie Halberman.
- The post warns of headlines that are composed to nab clicks but that do not accurately reflect the content of the story beneath..
Another New York Times specialty.
- This one was unintentionally funny, especially in the midst of the rest:
What reputable news sources? As the list amply demonstrates, there aren’t any! Continue reading