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How to Spot Fake News from Commen Sense Media

  
 Politifact is the Pulitzer prize winning fact checking website created by the Tampa Bay Times.  It uses a “Truth-O-Meter” to rate the accuracy of politicians and parties.   The site allows you to search for topics or individual politicians.  For each rating, the site offers an explanation of how they arrived at their conclusion.  
 Factcheck.org is a project from the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania.  In addition to evaluating the truthfulness of political statements, Factcheck has a viral spiral feature that addresses internet rumors, a SciCheck page that evaluates scientific claims, and an “Ask Us” feature that allows questions to be submitted for fact checking.  
 Allsides allows readers to evaluate the bias of news articles collected from across online news sites. It also features the ability for readers to rate news sources and individual articles as LEFT or RIGHT leaning. Students can explore the overall ratings of sites or choose articles specifically from one perspective or another.  The site is great for making comparisons of topics from several sites.  















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