Call it what you want. If it is not real news then it must be...
- Fake news - is a type of hoax or deliberate spread of misinformation (false information), be it via the traditional print or broadcasting news media or via Internet-based social media. To qualify as fake news, a story has to be written and published with the intent to mislead in order to gain financially or politically.
- Satire - the use of humor, irony, exaggeration, or ridicule to expose and criticize people's stupidity or vices, particularly in the context of contemporary politics and other topical issues.
- Bias - prejudice in favor of or against one thing, person, or group compared with another, usually in a way considered to be unfair.
- Misinformation - false or inaccurate information, especially that which is deliberately intended to deceive.
- Click Bait - (on the Internet) content whose main purpose is to attract attention and encourage visitors to click on a link to a particular web page.
- Disinformation - false information that is intended to mislead, especially propaganda issued by a government organization to a rival power or the media.
Real news (How to tell)
It passes the CRAP test!
Fake news (How to tell)
It Fails the CRAP test!
The site is:
NOT Current, or
NOT Reliable, or
No Authoritative author, or its
POV or Purpose is very strongly opinionated.
See what others think of it!
Fake news sites.
Use this living Google Doc that currently has over 800 fake sites and their various reasons. Scroll through it!
I do not want to list any here so that I do not promote them! The more they're promoted the more support they get!
Rules of thumb.
Fact Checking sites
..."has since grown into the oldest and largest fact-checking site on the Internet, one widely regarded by journalists, folklorists, and laypersons alike as one of the world’s essential resources."
"PolitiFact is a fact-checking website that rates the accuracy of claims by elected officials and others who speak up in American politics. PolitiFact is run by editors and reporters from the Tampa Bay Times..."
Deliberate CRAAP examples (Can you spot why?)