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What is an alternative fact? According to the New York Times, "Kellyanne Conway, counselor to President Trump, said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday that the White House had put forth “alternative facts” to ones reported by the news media about the size of Mr. Trump’s inauguration crowd." New York Times, January 22, 2017.
Fact Checking Sites
From the Annenberg Public Policy Center
Also from the Annenberg Center, "provides resources designed to help viewers recognize flaws in arguments in general and political ads in particular. Video resources point out deception and incivility in political rhetoric."
From the Tampa Bay Times, home of the Truth-o-Meter
The Fact Checker
From The Washington Post
From The Center for Responsive Politics, to see where campaign donations come from
Better for email scams and urban legends
Other Helpful Sites
Debunking Viral Photos
Blog post about using a Chrome extension to find the original source for a photograph
Started by Melissa Zimdars, a media professor at Merrimack College in Massachusetts, there are many versions of this list of sites that routinely post stories that are not based on fact. Here's a list from The Daily Dot. Searching for Zimdars List will give you variations on this list, as sites change all the time.
Librarians and Fake News
What are librarians doing to educate students about fake news?
How to Spot Fake News
From NPR's All Tech Considered, some steps to take when evaluating a story.
Video about Facebook and fake news
From the Washington Post, about spotting fake news on Facebook before you spread it