Fake News and How to Identify It

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Fake News and How to Identify It

This story from NPR got me wondering if there are any new guidelines we can use to detect fake news from authentic news.  I have found some good sources in the NYT series on their learning network (see: http://learning.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/10/02/skills-and-strategies-fake-...).

We tracked down a fake-news creator in the suburbs. Here's what we learned

This father of two is 40 years old, soft-spoken — and responsible for much of the fake news churned out in the closing months of the election. He says his fake-news stories work well — to the tune of more than 1.6 million visitors for even a single story — because they fit easily into existing conspiracy theories.

'The people wanted to hear this'