Fake news and how to spot it

  • By aga
  • 24 Dec, 2016
There is a lot of talk these days about fake news and how to spot it, what to avoid and what to trust. Let's just cut right to the chase here... it's all just as fake as it is real. If you are getting all your news from one source and you are not questioning any of it, you're not looking for news, you're looking for confirmation of your own beliefs.

It is probably not possible for any single news source to be unbias and 100% fact based, it has been tried but inevitably the ratio of staff will shift to the left or the right and so will the way the news is packaged at that source. Another factor on the validity news is the source of information, people lie and when they are not lying they are doing their best to misrepresent the information to make themselves or their organizations look good.

Below is an example of the headline for the same event represented by five different sources.

The San Bernardino office party shooting of Dec 2015:
  • Left-leaning mainstream media, Mass shooting at Holiday Party.
  • Right-leaning mainstream media, Terrorists Attack Christmas Party.
  • Alt-Left Media, Workplace Violence.
  • Alt-Right Media, Muslims Attack Christmas Party.
  • Alternative News Sources, Another False Flag Event To Push Gun Bans.

All five headline and stories are just as true as they are false. It was a mass shooting that happened during the Christmas holiday season at a workplace party where the shooters were Muslims claiming alliance to a terrorist organization, it can be argued that it falls into the category of false flag as it was willing or unwillingly allowed to happen and it was also used to push gun control measures.

Each outlet represented this story in a way that best fit their narrative. because of that, all these sources presented fake news and in the same measure, they all reported the truth. If you only read one of these outlets you are functioning with only one fifth of the actual story, basically you are not being informed, you are being programmed.

The only way to be informed is to cross reference pretty much every news story against every news source, the truth will probably be the very small details that the mainstream media, Alt-left/right media, and the alternative media all agree on and even then, the news if fluent and changes, sometimes by the time the story is being reported. This is the only way to actually be informed. You can't count solely on any source that answers to its advertisers, its audience, its party or even its own beliefs, it is up to you to search out all viewpoints, research the raw data and form your own opinion of what is true.

This current push to eliminate "Fake" news is not new, every source has been discussing it for decades, that's what businesses do, they discredit the competition so you will buy their product. Do not be fooled, they all are trying to get you to buy their product.
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