|Beware of Adjectives & Experts|
Word choice is a key tool media uses to subtly convey bias. Adjectives added to headlines can create bias. Headlines should be factual and unbiased because biased headlines can be misleading, conveying excitement when the story is not exciting, expressing approval or disapproval.
Media use experts and analysts to lend credibility to their story. Think about where the person's expertise coming from? Are they a government official, a think tank spokesman or an academic? Be aware...an expert does not mean unbiased.
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Look for currency, relevance, authority, accuracy and purpose.
Some red flags to be aware of...
There are several sources you can consult to fact-check claims on dubious websites and social media: