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Wed Feb 27, 2013, 11:05 AM

5 Easy Ways to Spot a B.S. News Story on the Internet

The Internet, while awesome, is also a mind-boggling marvel of bullshit production and dissemination. A misleading or outright fake news story can get forwarded on Facebook a million times before Snopes.com can even write up their rebuttal (no, oral sex does not prevent breast cancer). Since the rise of social media, we get more and more of our news from each other, and far, far too many of us aren't asking ourselves the important question:

"Is the amazing news I'm about to share even fucking true?"

Because most of the time, we don't need somebody else to debunk these stories for us -- not if we know what to look for. For instance, it should always raise red flags if ...

#5. It's World-Changing News from Some Obscure Website

#4. It's From the Fucking Daily Mail (or Another U.K. Tabloid)

#3. It's Predicting Some Future Disaster by a Strangely Specific Date

#2. It's a Poll Disguised as a News Story

#1. It's About a Miracle Cure for Obesity, Cancer, or Clean Energy

http://www.cracked.com/blog/5-easy-ways-to-spot-b.s.-news-story-internet/


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Reply 5 Easy Ways to Spot a B.S. News Story on the Internet (Original post)
XemaSab Feb 2013 OP
Gorp Feb 2013 #1
Ohio Joe Feb 2013 #7
Gorp Feb 2013 #9
hollysmom Feb 2013 #11
Archae Feb 2013 #15
Gorp Feb 2013 #16
WhoIsNumberNone Feb 2013 #22
OceanEcosystem Feb 2013 #2
ChisolmTrailDem Feb 2013 #3
OceanEcosystem Feb 2013 #4
reformist2 Feb 2013 #5
RebelOne Feb 2013 #13
WinkyDink Feb 2013 #6
SidDithers Feb 2013 #8
REP Feb 2013 #18
Posteritatis Feb 2013 #19
lpbk2713 Feb 2013 #10
Tommy_Carcetti Feb 2013 #12
Nye Bevan Feb 2013 #14
HomeboyHombre Feb 2013 #17
Posteritatis Feb 2013 #20
LineLineNew Reply .
XemaSab Feb 2013 #21
apocalypsehow Feb 2013 #23
cthulu2016 Feb 2013 #24
Dash87 Feb 2013 #25
Bigbluebrush Feb 2013 #26

Response to XemaSab (Original post)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 11:32 AM

1. #6. It has "foxnews" in the URL.

 

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Response to Gorp (Reply #1)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 11:46 AM

7. heh...

That was exactly the first thought I had when I saw the title of the OP

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Response to Ohio Joe (Reply #7)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 11:51 AM

9. Well? It's true.

 

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Response to Ohio Joe (Reply #7)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 12:01 PM

11. I thought of News max -

so many republicans or breitbartuse that as a source on my different party discussion board quote those.

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Response to Gorp (Reply #1)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 12:48 PM

15. Fox news is bad, but there are sites far worse.

WND, NewsMax, Town Hall, etc.

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Response to Archae (Reply #15)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 12:49 PM

16. Sludge Report

 

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Response to Gorp (Reply #1)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 10:57 PM

22. Man, I hate it when someone posts exactly what I was going to say...

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Response to XemaSab (Original post)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 11:36 AM

2. As others have also said before, watch out if it appeals to one's innate biases or prejudices.

 

For instance, conservatives would probably leap to believe a fake news story that claimed, "Study shows that liberals have a lower IQ than conservatives."


And liberals would probably leap to believe a fake news story that claimed, "Study shows that conservatives have a lower IQ than liberals."

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Response to OceanEcosystem (Reply #2)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 11:41 AM

3. No news story that declares "Study shows that conservatives have a lower IQ than liberals."

is fake, bogus, wrong in any way, shape, or form.

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Response to ChisolmTrailDem (Reply #3)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 11:42 AM

4. There are plenty of ways such a news story or study could be wrong.

 

It could be bogus if it only uses a survey sample size of 2 people, for instance.


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Response to XemaSab (Original post)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 11:43 AM

5. The Daily Mail is a guilty pleasure.


Best gossip rag in the world, imo.

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Response to reformist2 (Reply #5)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 12:19 PM

13. I agree. I check it out every day. n/t

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Response to XemaSab (Original post)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 11:48 AM

8. And chances are that it will be posted by someone in GD...nt

Sid

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Response to SidDithers (Reply #8)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 06:22 PM

18. Didja notice "Natural News" was one of their "do not believe" cites?

High five!

Any Time You See a Headline Like ...
"Vaccinated Children Five Times More Prone to Disease Than Unvaccinated Children" -NaturalNews.com
Or
"Studies Show That Online Gaming Can Add Years to Your Life" -i-Newswire
You Should Read It As ...
"Vaccinated Children Five Times More Prone to Disease Than Unvaccinated Children AND ALSO WI-FI IS CAUSING WORMS TO GROW IN YOUR BRAIN" -Hobo talking to his pet rat on the subway

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Response to REP (Reply #18)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 06:26 PM

19. Yep, that's another "assume they're lying by default" site. (nt)

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Response to XemaSab (Original post)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 11:52 AM

10. Check the date




Someone may have overlooked the date or they could be clutching their pearls
over something that happened five years ago and omitted that relevant info.


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Response to XemaSab (Original post)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 12:03 PM

12. Andrew Breitbart's name is somehow associated with it. nt

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Response to XemaSab (Original post)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 12:29 PM

14. Yes, I HATE HATE HATE when DUers use the FUCKING Daily Mail as a source, like this DUer did:

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Response to XemaSab (Original post)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 05:53 PM

17. "Forward this to everyone you know" = total crap nt

 

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Response to XemaSab (Original post)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 06:28 PM

20. I love that someone went and registered alientruthrevealed.blogspot after that post

Content's kinda entertaining, too.

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Response to Posteritatis (Reply #20)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 09:15 PM

21. .

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Response to XemaSab (Original post)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 10:58 PM

23. Yep. Nails it. n/t.

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Response to XemaSab (Original post)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 11:00 PM

24. #6 It is in General Discussion on DU

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Response to XemaSab (Original post)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 11:07 PM

25. If it's your brother, nephew, friend, or anyone not you that experienced something,

and you decided to come on the internet and write about it for them, you probably made the entire thing up. Good rule of thumb for sorting through urban myths, bull crap, etc.

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Response to XemaSab (Original post)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 11:35 PM

26. Headline contains both "Republican" and "Strategy"

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