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How To Spot Fake News

The International Federation of Library Association and Institutions (IFLA) has put together an infographic to help consumers navigate through the complex world of bogus news articles. Critical thinking is a key element and in eight easy steps (based on's 2016 article How To Spot Fake News)  patrons can now try to verify the validity of an article by considering the following fact checking tools.

Also check out a recent panel discussion we held at Cupertino Library on post-truth politics where we invited Devin Fehely, investigative reporter with KPIX-TV and Dr. Larry Gerston, SJSU political science professor emeritus & political analyst at NBC Bay Area to give us their understanding and expertise on the role the media played in the 2016 presidential election. The conversation discussed how consumers can stay informed about the issues and avoid fake news.


The library has a variety of online resources that might be of interest to patrons in keeping up with the issues of the day. PressReader provides access to over 6,000 well-known newspaper & magazine titles from around the world. Zinio offers hundreds of full-color, digital copy of your favorite magazine. Check out these valuable news resources that we offer via our Magazine & Newspaper page

Magazine Titles:
The Economist The Atlantic The New  Yorker The Week Newsweek

Newspaper Titles:  

The New York Times

In-Library Link

Remote-Access Link

Washington Post USA Today San Francisco Chronicle The Mercury News
Peter van der Linden
This is a nice infographic, which unfortunately can do little to help low information individuals to push back on "fake news". Many Americans don't learn critical thinking as schoolchildren; this should be a requirement for school graduation because it strongly affects adult civic responsibilities. Because of the well-known Dunning–Kruger effect (inferior performers wrongly rate their ability highly), few of the target community will care to fact check media that provides false but comforting content. A bigger problem is that some large number (but not a majority) of voters actively seek propaganda sources that nourish their biases and prejudices. The true long term solution to fake news and low information citizens is to reinstate the Fairness Doctrine, and remove broadcasting licenses from fake news organizations like Breitbart (whose founder is currently the senior adviser to president Trump) and Fox "News". It does not serve the public interest to have hate radio or tv polluting the public discourse 24 by 7. The Fairness Doctrine was a policy of the United States Federal Communications Commission, introduced in 1949, that required the holders of broadcast licenses both to present controversial issues of public importance and to do so in a manner that was — in the Commission's view — honest, equitable, and balanced. The FCC, under pressure from then President Ronald Reagan, eliminated the Doctrine in 1987. Hate radio spun up to fever pitch, and now we have president Trump. Our response has got to be more and better than an infographic.
3/5/2017 2:41:16 PM

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