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

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

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Below is a list of fake, false, regularly misleading, and otherwise questionable “news” organizations 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.

Note: 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.

21stCenturyWire.com EnduringVision.com PakAlertPress.com
70news.wordpress.com FPRNradio.com PoliticalBlindSpot.com
ActivistPost.com GeoEngineeringWatch.org PoliticalEars.com
Addicting Info GlobalResearch.ca Politicalo
American News X GovtSlaves.info PoliticusUSA
AmericanNews.com GulagBound.com PrisonPlanet.com
AnonNews.co HangTheBankers.com PrisonPlanet.tv
Associated Media Coverage HumansAreFree.com Private-eye.co.uk
BeforeItsNews.com Huzlers ProjectVeritas
Being Liberal IfYouOnlyNews Rawstory
BigAmericanNews.com Indecision Forever (www.cc.com/indecision) React 365
BigPZone.com IJR (Independent Journal Review) RealFarmacy.com
Bipartisan Report InfoWars RealNewsRightNow.com
BizPac Review Infowars.com Red State
Blue Nation Review IntelliHub.com RedFlagNews.com
Breitbart JonesReport.com RileNews.com
Cap News (twitter.com/capnews) LewRockwell.com Satira Tribune
ChristWire.org Liberal America Sprotspickle.com
Chronicle.su LibertyTalk.fm The Blaze
CivicTribune.com LibertyVideos.org The Free Thought Project
ClickHole.com LMR (LibertyMovementRadio.com) The New Yorker’s Borowitz Report (satire column)
CoastToCoastAM.com MediaMass.net The Onion
CollectiveEvolution MegynKelly.us The Other 98%
ConsciousLifeNews.com MSNBC.com.co The Reporterz
ConservativeOutfitters.com MSNBC.website The Stately Harold
ConspiracyWire (WideAwakeAmerica.com) Naha Daily TheDailySheeple.com
CountdownToZeroTime.com National Report TheNewsNerd.com
CounterPsyOps.com NationalReport.net TheRunDownLive.com
CreamBMP.com NaturalNews.com TheUsPatriot.com
Crooks and Liars NC Scooper TruthFrequencyRadio.com
DailyBuzzLive.com NCT (New Century Times) UnconfirmedSources.com
DailyCurrant.com News Examiner Upworthy
Daily NewsBin News-Hound.com USA Supreme
Daily Wire NewsBiscuit.com US.Blasting.News
DCClothesLine.com NewsBuzzDaily US Uncut
DCGazette.com Newslo VeteransToday.com
DerfMagazine.com NewsMutiny.com WakingUpWisconsin.com
Disclose.tv Newswatch 28 Winning Democrats
DrudgeReport.com.co Newswatch 33 WitScience.org
DuffleBlog.com NewsWire-24.com World Net Daily
DuhProgressive.com NoDisInfo.com World News Daily Report
Embols.com Now8News WorldTruth.tv
Empire Herald NowTheEndBegins.com ZeroHedge
Empire News Occupy Democrats
EmpireNews.com
Endingthefed.com (ETF News)

 

Tips for analyzing news sources:

  • Avoid websites that end in “lo” ex: Newslo (above). These sites specialize in taking a piece of accurate information and then packaging that information with other false or misleading “facts.”
  • Watch out for websites that end in “.com.co” as they are often fake versions of real news sources.
  • Watch out if known/reputable news sites are not also reporting on the story. Sometimes lack of coverage is the result of corporate media bias and other factors, but there should typically be more than one source reporting on a topic or event.
  • Odd domain names generally equal odd and rarely truthful news.
  • Lack of author attribution may, but not always, signify that the news story is suspect and requires verification.
  • Check the “About Us” tab on websites or look up the website on Snopes or Wikipedia for more information about the source.
  • If the story makes you REALLY ANGRY it’s probably a good idea to keep reading about the topic via other sources to make sure the story you read wasn’t purposefully trying to make you angry (with potentially misleading or false information) in order to generate shares and ad revenue.
  • It’s always best to read multiple sources of information to get a variety of viewpoints and media frames. Some sources not specifically included in this list (although their practices at times may qualify them for addition), such as The Daily Kos and Fox News, vacillate between providing legitimate, problematic, and/or hyperbolic news coverage, requiring readers and viewers to verify and contextualize information with other sources.

If you have suggestions of sources/websites that should be added to the list, please email me at [email protected]

People are asking who I am: I am an assistant professor of communication & media, and this list started as a resource for my students, who are learning about journalism/social media/media literacy.”

 

Posted on: November 15, 2016, 11:01 am Category: Uncategorized

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