Five Tips On Finding Reliable Sources For Your Breaking News and Other Information
You never know who to believe anymore.
“Believe 10% of what you read and only 90% of what you see.”
The saying goes something like that, anyway. News circulates at such at an expedited pace that you never know who is telling the truth and who is selling only fake news. It also seems that just as you start to digest one piece of news, a new piece comes out.
How can you tell the difference between what is real and fake?
1) One of the best ways to determine whether the news is factual is if it comes from a reliable site. Does the information come from a place like .gov or .edu?
You can also find reliable sources through trusted colleges library, a scientific journal, or a non-profit. Those places are not interested in getting anything from you but reporting the news.
2) You need to channel sites or periodic news outlets that are experts in the situation you request information in. In other words, you would not ask a mechanic to fix your broken leg, would you? You also would not ask the paramedic to change a tire unless he is very skilled in that area. I mean, there are the exceptions, to the rule, but you need to ask an expert.
Do you want information on a legal issue? Places like MSNBC are a great place to start. They have experts in the legal field, including Chuck Rosenberg, Joyce Vance, Jill-Wine-Banks, and Matthew Miller there regularly, some more than others.
3) Watch only a trusted news outlet on your tv. I watch MSNBC regularly. They have some great anchors and guests that give you the information you need. CNN is good too, but I prefer MSNBC.
You can watch the network you feel most comfortable with. The point is, pay attention to network sources that report factual news as it happens. Places like MSNBC and CNN can be verified by because they only ask the experts to come on, including legal analysts, defense lawyers, prosecutors, and political reporters that know what to ask and when.
4) You will probably see commercial sites and networks as you flip through the channels and papers every day. You might want to stay clear of that. They will report the news in a way that works in their favor. They will not present the news in an unbiased fashion.
5) Established biases brings me to my last point. Everyone has their point of view and opinion, but that should not waiver to an established bias. What I like about MSNBC is they look at both sides of the coin. They will have dialogue with people who think differently than they do.
You never should believe 100% of what the news says, but you should be able to trust at least 90% of it when it comes out, whether it be a trusted website, library periodicals, or cable tv news station.