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Fact Checking & Fake News: False, Misleading, Clickbait-y, and Satirical “News" Sources

Fact Checking

False, Misleading, Clickbait-y, and Satirical “News” Sources

(From Paul Cook's Social Media and Information Literacy Exercise

Below is a list of fake, false, regularly misleading, questionable, and/or “news” organizations, and organizations that regularly use clickbait-y headlines and descriptions, that are commonly shared on facebook and other social media sites. Many of these websites rely on “outrage” by using distorted headlines and decontextualized or dubious information in order to generate likes, shares, and profits.

 

Other sources on this list are purposefully fake with the intent of satire/comedy, which can offer important critical commentary on politics and society, but they are regularly shared as actual/literal news. I’m including them here, for now, because 1.) they have the potential to perpetuate misinformation based on different audience (mis)interpretations and 2.) to make sure anyone who reads a story by The Onion, for example, understands its purpose. If you think this is unnecessary, please see Literally Unbelievable.

 

Notes: Not all of these sources are always or inherently problematic, but I’m including them because they should be considered in conjunction with other news/info sources due to their tendency to rely on clickbait headlines etc.  

   

100PercentFedUp.com

EnduringVision.com

PakAlertPress.com

21stCenturyWire.com

FPRNradio.com

PoliticalBlindSpot.com

70news.wordpress.com

The Free Thought Project

PoliticalEars.com

abcnews.com.co

GeoEngineeringWatch.org

Politicalo

ActivistPost.com

GlobalResearch.ca

PoliticusUSA

Addicting Info

GovtSlaves.info

PrisonPlanet.com

American News X

GulagBound.com

PrisonPlanet.tv

AmericanNews.com

HangTheBankers.com

Private-eye.co.uk (some satire)

AnonNews.co

HumansAreFree.com

ProjectVeritas

Associated Media Coverage

Huzlers

Rawstory

BeforeItsNews.com

IfYouOnlyNews

React 365

Being Liberal

Indecision Forever (www.cc.com/indecision)

RealFarmacy.com

BigAmericanNews.com

IJR (Independent Journal Review)

RealNewsRightNow.com

BigPZone.com

InfoWars

RedFlagNews.com

Bipartisan Report

Infowars.com

Red State

BizPac Review

IntelliHub.com

Reductress (satire/comedy)

Blue Nation Review

Inquisitor.com

RileNews.com

Breitbart

JonesReport.com

Satira Tribune

Cap News  (satire)

LewRockwell.com

Sprotspickle.com

ChristWire.org (satire)

Liberal America

The Blaze

Chronicle.su

LibertyTalk.fm

The Free Thought Project

CivicTribune.com

LibertyUnyielding

The New Yorker’s Borowitz Report (satire column)

ClickHole.com (satire/comedy)

LibertyVideos.org

The Onion (satire)

CoastToCoastAM.com

LMR (LibertyMovementRadio.com)

The Other 98%

CollectiveEvolution

MediaMass.net

The Reporterz

ConsciousLifeNews.com

MegynKelly.us

The Stately Harold

ConservativeOutfitters.com

MSNBC.com.co

TheDailySheeple.com

ConspiracyWire (WideAwakeAmerica.com)

MSNBC.website

TheNewsNerd.com

CountdownToZeroTime.com

Naha Daily

TheRunDownLive.com

CounterPsyOps.com

National Report

TheUsPatriot.com

CreamBMP.com

NationalReport.net

Thinkprogress.org

Crooks and Liars

NaturalNews.com

TruthFrequencyRadio.com

DailyBuzzLive.com

NC Scooper

Twitchy.com

DailyCurrant.com

NCT (New Century Times)

UnconfirmedSources.com

Daily NewsBin

News Examiner

Upworthy

Daily Wire

News-Hound.com

USA Supreme

DCClothesLine.com

NewsBiscuit.com

US.Blasting.News

DCGazette.com

NewsBuzzDaily

US Uncut

DerfMagazine.com

Newslo

VeteransToday.com

Disclose.tv

NewsMutiny.com

Walking Times

DrudgeReport.com.co

Newswatch 28

WakingUpWisconsin.com

DuffleBlog.com (satire/comedy)

Newswatch 33

Winning Democrats

DuhProgressive.com

NewsWire-24.com

WitScience.org

Embols.com

NoDisInfo.com

World Net Daily

Empire Herald

Now8News

World News Daily Report

Empire News

NowTheEndBegins.com

WorldTruth.tv

EmpireNews.com

Occupy Democrats

ZeroHedge

Endingthefed.com (ETF News)