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Fake news was a huge topic at the beginning of president Trump’s campaign, and still manages to be everywhere even inside our schools. However, Donald Trump did not start the “Fake News Epidemic”, nor will he be the one to end it.
People have been fabricating news since the world of news began. Gossip channels started out by someone telling a rumor to their friend, and the next day the whole community knew. News spreads like wildfire, especially if it is dramatic. Drama channels feed off the reactions of their readers, sometimes causing an increased production of gossipy style news.
One of the first people to be “accused” of committing the crime of faking information was Mr. Richard Adams Locke, a writer for the New York Sun in 1835. Locke was taking an astronomers work and twisting it so far out of proportion, that it wasn’t even research by the time he was done. Locke told all of these fabulously outrageous stories about goat creatures with blue skin on the moon as researchers saw through a telescope. Stories like this were published weekly, causing hundreds of people to flock to the sales place of the Sun and buy all of the copies just to hear what Locke had written that week. The fake stories were soon exploited by rival papers, and they came to a halt on production.
This becomes an issue when trying to decide an opinion on someone or something, writing a research paper, and even daily discussions. How do you know if something is credible enough to rely on? How can you spot real news from the fake?
The unfortunate answer is, you can’t always tell. There are some really good reporters out there writing absolute gibberish, fabricating sources, and getting innocent people to believe that it is the complete and full truth. The real only way to determine if something is credible, is to fact check it, fact check it, and fact check it again.
There are some fact checking websites who will be happy to debunk any fake news for you, but always continue to check more than one website. They both may feel you that the fact is not a fact at all, however when they go to tell you the actual statistics, both are different. There is no safe way to avoid getting hit and believing a smear of fake information, in fact you are bound to believe it at some point.
So far all you can do is fact check, and know your own opinions before a website or fact tries to get you to believe otherwise.