Preventing Being Duped by Fake News Stories

When I was young I had no interest in politics. Then, when I was a teenager, a crisis happened, and the president intervened to rescue some hostages. It did not work out the way he intended, and I heard the adults giving all kinds of opinions. I saw them doing the same thing on Sundays after football games talking about how a quarter back did good or messed up. I guess that is where the term “armchair quarterbacking” comes from. I quietly sought facts over rhetoric, and am still doing it today by reading Trump News. It is a website that has all the articles being written about our president available in one location. I can filter through the news agencies I trust and leave out the rest. However, I rarely use a filter. I like reading the different perspectives out there, but I do insist that news comes from real news agencies.

So many YouTubers and social media star wannabes set up themselves to look like real journalists, but they have no affiliation with any real news agency. This makes them bloggers. And I do not care how famous a blogger is, unless he can show me a journalism degree and credentials, I am not interested in reading what he writes as news. I can take it as an editorial segment, such as what you might send to the Letters to the Editor section of a newspaper, but it is not journalism. I do not buy into that independent media outlet that is manned by one guy with a cell phone camera and a flair for writing in a journalistic style.

This is why I read stories about President Trump at the Trump News website. I can see what news agency the story comes from to know if it is legitimate or not. You really have to guard yourself against fake news nowadays. It is so easy to be duped.