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Combating "fake news" is harder than you might think. The proliferation and simplification of web tools have made creating online "news" content easier than ever before. In addition, some might say that today's current cultural and political climate may make it difficult for readers to recognize their emotional responses to what they see. Here are some overarching principles that will empower you to feel more confident in what you are seeing online.
Employ the other strategies on this page while considering these overarching principles.
Consider the following strategies to analyze the evidence presented in a news article.
If the writers on a website consistently do not offer satisfactory answers to the above questions, you may want to question the accuracy and reliability of the news that website is presenting.