How to Verify what is Real / How to Spot Fake News
By Christopher R Rice
Here's 8 simple ways to verify anything or anyone and always be 100 percent accurate. Fake news, faked birth certificates and rigged elections but, is any of it real? And how can we really be sure? Let the Underground show you just how easy it is to tell reality from libtard bullshit and right wing lunacy.
In no particular order:
1.) Evidence. Can your subject produce any evidence? For instance, the Holocaust has deniers. But we've all seen the photographic evidence. We still have the gas chambers preserved as museums. And personally, I've been able to talk to and interview survivors and torturers.
As another example: UFOs, ghost, Sasquatch or Yeti. Where is the evidence? We have a suspect photo from the 70s but no physical evidence. Where are the bones of a Bigfoot or Martian? We have bones from dinosaurs that lived thousands of years ago but something photographed as late as the 70s has produced no physical evidence. Which proves beyond any reasonable doubt that Bigfoot, ghost and UFOs are all fake.
A story should lead with information about the veracity of the accusation / claim. If there is no evidence to support the accusation / claim, a story should say so. If there is evidence to disprove an accusation or claim, the piece should say that as well. The evidence should be given top billing.
2.) Can the evidence be verified? Verification can take many forms. Speaking with victims is not considered verified evidence because victims can be biased. So you must speak with the tortures / interrogators to verify victims claims. Perpetrators never come straight out and admit to their crimes so their confessions are always suspect as well, until independent confirmation is made.
3.) Independent confirmation is mandatory to verify the truth. Not only do those involved have biases but many have financial or legal incentives to lie. Independent confirmation is when two friends are having an argument and can't agree so they ask a stranger. I suggest using Snopes.com or FactCheck.org instead. Or simply research and find out if independent confirmation has already been made by a reliable source.
More than 40% of U.S. adults receive news on Facebook, according to a report from the Pew Research Center. Facebook has a vested interest in showing readers stories they like, even if they’re not true. As Gizmodo reported, Facebook has the tools to shut down fake news sites, but have failed to use them because they are afraid it will make them appear biased.
4.) Reliable sources. One of the first ways to know how accurate information is, is to ask yourself, where did I hear / read this? Have I ever heard or read any info from this source before and did it turn out to be accurate or false? If you've never had a past experience with the source, you can still ask yourself, how reliable is this source? Do they have an economic incentive to lie? Or does the source not benefit at all from the transfer of this info?
A single-source story is generally considered weak reporting. It’s easier than ever for someone to create a website and post completely made up stories.
The problem with sources is that most people don't know the difference between a reliable source and a paid or fake source - see numbers 5 and 7. And if your readers don't like or agree with the message your conveying you can have a million impeccable sources and they still won't believe you.
5.) Funding is extremely important. For instance, even though the evidence that cigarettes caused health problems and even death was well known for decades prior to being published in Readers Digest in the 50s, this information remained unavailable because big tobacco was a huge advertiser that no one wanted to upset or offend.
Ronald Reagan funded 'research' in the 80s to prove that marijuana had health consequences and that it was a 'gateway' drug. But even though the study was done by a bona fide scientist and he produced an MRI showing marijuana smoke killing brain cells, the study was done fraudulently. Oxygen was cut off to the test subjects, which is what actually killed the subjects brain cells. But the truth didn't matter because the MRI is still shown to kids in schools all across America to this day.
Who is funding the research will usually dictate the outcome because science is a pay-to-play field with very little ethics or professionalism.
6.) When dealing with someone face-to-face read 11 Signs Someone is Lying to You See video for text messaging.
For pictures: Do a reverse image search. Google Image Search and TinEye are two tools that can be used to search the web for a particular image, a process that often exposes fake news stories through their use of recycled photographs.
7.) The last thing that I do is to count 'red flags'. What are red flags? Anything that I couldn't verify with numbers 1 through 6 above, would be a red flag. Some red flags are smaller or bigger than others but anytime I reach 3 red flags I won't publish an article until there is more or less confirmation. If it's a deal I'm making on Craigslist or a drug deal in the streets, I'll back out when I see too many red flags. Better safe than sorry.
Any time anyone tries to tell you that everyone of a certain race or everyone of a certain religion is this or that- big red flag. Obviously all Christians are not like Dylann Roof or Adolf Hitler so it would also be wrong to say that all Muslims are like Osama Bin Laden. Or that all blacks are criminals or all Jews are rich or all Latinos lazy or that all white people will stiff you and not pay you for a hard days work. Judge everyone and everything individually by it's character, by their actions and deeds, as individuals.
Trust can not just be given, it must be earned. And while it takes a long time to build trust it only takes one lie or one inaccuracy to destroy a persons trust in you forever.
Many legitimate news outlets will quote anonymous sources, an article that relies only on unnamed sources should raise red flags.
If you’re looking for a list of red flags, Zimdars has created a public Google doc listing many news sites that distribute fake news.
Snopes.com, which has been writing about viral claims and online rumors since the mid-1990s, maintains a list of known fake news websites, several of which have emerged in the past two years.
8.) Just like 'red flags' the opposite is when you have more than enough sources and confirmation saying the same thing. It all begins with the smell test. If something doesn't smell right it probably isn't. There is nothing wrong with trusting your gut but let that be your starting point, not the beginning and end. Using this list you can easily prove or disprove any subject. With complete accuracy. And never get fooled again.
Help support actual journalism and reporting financially. Monthly "memberships" to some nonprofit news sources can cost as little as a Starbucks latte. Alternative independent news like WikiLeaks and Wikipedia provide a very important service, they shouldn't have to beg for donations, either we support independent media or we won't have one.
Empowering legitimate news outlets is increasingly important as the market for false news is strengthening. Fake news writers have admitted that writing phony stories can be extremely lucrative. Their content also attracts advertisers, which may value an article's traffic over its veracity.
News consumers themselves are the best defense against the spread of misinformation.
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