How to Determine Fake News Sites: List of False, Misleading, Clickbait, & Satirical “News” Sources

Back in the days when journalism was rewarded and people read newspapers for unbiased papers they had this thing called editorials. Editorials are opinions. Most publications do not seem to tell readers anymore when it’s actual news or an opinion. The problem got worse after Fox News debuted because it was basically an opinion or editorial network. They would tell what they considered the “news” but in their biased way of doing so. The problem got worse in the last election when the internet has been flooded with many propaganda, misleading, and extremist sites that were not based on references or fact. Sites and blogs that had no respect for real journalism.

An assistant professor of communication and media put together a resource that started as a tool for teaching her students about journalism, social media, and media literacy. This is a great source for putting together which sites to check on before clicking or reading an article that you may see almost hourly in your newsfeed. Some of the highly popular sites listed on here are RT.com, Breitbart, and USUncut. Breitbart was one of the highest ranked sites in the trending section of Facebook during the election which posted what were in disguise as journalism but were really conspiracy or misleading claims. Here is a short summary of some of the most popular Facebook linked sites that are what we call Fake News:
1. abcnewsgo.co Absolutely fake. The .co should alert people it is not real. We normally only trust .com sites as our #1 Rule for U.S. News.
2. anonhq.com unreliable – Anonymous posted many unreliable sourced stories during the election.
3. wikileaks.org – rumors.
4. realtimepolitics.com – bias, unreliable.
5. redflagnews.com – bias, conspiracy.
6. redstate.com – political, clickbait.
7. redstatewatcher.com – bias, clickbait.
8. usuncut.com – clickbait, bias. One of the top Bernie bro and Green Party cited sites but not real journalism. They were also sold.
9. bipartisanreport.com – clickbait, bias
10. rt.com – state-ran. Russia runs this propaganda channel.
11. infowars.com – conspiracy site.

They also listed a few sites that were factual such as Advocate.com. Which was listed as political but credible. One site that the document failed to mention was thereligionofpeace.com which should be listed as a hate site. You can see the full list below. Continue reading How to Determine Fake News Sites: List of False, Misleading, Clickbait, & Satirical “News” Sources

Fox News Gets Southern States Wrong Again

Maybe it is because they are panicked yet again about the school shootings and stabbings or using the same person for the graphics.
Four out of seven states were correct, the three others not so good. Ok, so maybe Fox News earned a “D”. The sad thing is that some of the people who posted on the Facebook post from a local Meteorologist could not figure out what was wrong with the map pictured. It seems Fox News must have confused the world so much that we may not know what is right, real, or wrong. See where Faux News got the map wrong the first time…

Fox News not sure of where Southern Viewers appear on the map

In a story breaking on their official blog the Fox Insider they had a story listed “Breaking: University of Texas in Austin Orders Evacuation Due to Threats on Campus.” The article showed that Fox News can’t even get the states labeled correctly. If they can’t get basic geography down, do you expect me to believe their presentation of other news? Take a look at their map. Arkansas is labeled as Missouri, and Mississippi/Alabama are labeled wrong.
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Who Will Replace Tim Russert?

There is a quick answer to who will replace the former host of NBC’s Meet the Press who recently passed away while at work…  Tim Russert is the only person who can replace himself according to NBC’s news chiefs.  This all said who are they going to use to try to get close to replacing him.

There are several people on the assumed list including Katie Couric, Brian Williams, Andrea Mitchell, and David Gregory.  It may take a few anchors to hold down the Meet the Press show at first.

One of the best replacements might just be Keith Olbermann.  He seems to do a lot of homework before his show and special commentaries and might learn to be tougher when it comes to interviews with more training.

The prospect of using Tom Brokaw to fill in for Tim Russert might be the best for now.  Tom Brokaw knows his politics and knows his country more than just about any journalist.  Hey, why not bring out Dan Rather and test him out for the position or would that bring too much controversy?

Tim Russert is a legend at NBC News and it will be a chore trying to find someone to fill his shoes.