Know the source of your news – one independent site does not lie

NEWS ANALYSIS

MILT THOMAS

Faced with so many conflicting claims presented as news, it is up to the reader to determine what is fact and what is “fake news.” One site that evaluates all news sources to determine its biases, its factual vs opinionated data, left to right preferences, left to right extremism, news versus conspiracy theories. The one site that accurately rates 3200 news sources is MediaBias/FactCheck. com (MBFC). On its site it states: “We are the most comprehensive media bias resource on the internet. There are currently 3200+ media sources listed in our database and growing every day. Don’t be fooled by Fake News sources. Use the search feature above (Header) to check the bias of any source. Use name or url.” When you click on to a news source, an icon on the screen flashes red or blue, depending on right leaning or left leaning. Click on the icon for more detailed information.

For instance, Fox News flashes red and clicking on the icon states: These media sources are moderately to strongly biased toward conservative causes through story selection and/or political affiliation. They may utilize strong loaded words (wording that attempts to influence an audience by using appeal to emotion or stereotypes), publish misleading reports and omit reporting of information that may damage conservative causes. Some sources in this category may be untrustworthy. Factual reporting: Mixed Read the Media Bias/Fact Check detailed report

CNN flashes blue and clicking on the icon states: These media sources are moderately to strongly biased toward liberal causes through story selection and/or political affiliation.  They may utilize strong loaded words (wording that attempts to influence an audience by using appeal to emotion or stereotypes), publish misleading reports and omit reporting of information that may damage liberal causes. Some sources in this category may be untrustworthy. Factual reporting: Mixed Read the Media Bias/Fact Check detailed report

They are rated almost identical but in the opposite directions. In terms of unbiased news sources, the Associated Press (AP)  icon is white with the letter “C”. Click the icon and it states; Least biased. These sources have minimal bias and use very few loaded words (wording that attempts to influence an audience by using appeal to emotion or stereotypes).  The reporting is factual and usually sourced.  These are the most credible media sources.  Factual reporting: Very-High Read the Media Bias/Fact Check detailed report

Other news sources that fall under the ‘least biased’ category are: C-SPAN, Christian Science Monitor,  Financial Times, Politico, Reuters, Snopes, The Hill, and many others.

That being said, if you consider yourself conservative, you are more likely to select your sources based on those media that share your conservative views. Likewise, as a liberal you probably select news sources that share your liberal views. For those who are less interested in factual reporting and most interested in sources that reflect your inflamed or extremist views, there are plenty to choose from. Unfortunately, most comments on this site from readers against the wearing of face masks, either quote questionable extremist and pseudoscience stories or write personal attacks against those in favor of masks.

We will often fact check claims made by people commenting on this site’s posts and if they are from sources judged by MBFC to be unreliable, questionable or based on pseudoscience and conspiracy theories, we will post the sources of the unreliable information. That applies to either left or right comments.

Aside from the current outpouring of feelings about COVID-19, Indian River Guardian/Inside Vero focuses on local issues, where opinions relate to what we consider best for the community we love and not based on political orientation.

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