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COMP 106: Writing & Rhetoric II

News Media Evaluation Tools

These resources look at the validity of the information you read in the news though an examination of media bias, a deep dive into misinformation, disinformation, and fake news. Even reliable news sources can get information wrong. Always think critically about what you're reading, check for bias in representation of a information, and fact check.

  • AllSides.com Media Bias Rating - This media bias rating system has rated nearly 600 media outlets on a 5 point scale. They label media outlets as Left, Lean Left, Center, Lean Right, and Right.
  • FactCheck.org - "We monitor the factual accuracy of what is said by major U.S. political players in the form of TV ads, debates, speeches, interviews and news releases. Our goal is to apply the best practices of both journalism and scholarship, and to increase public knowledge and understanding," (Mission Statement).
  • Snopes.com - "Snopes got its start in 1994, investigating urban legends, hoaxes, and folklore. Founder David Mikkelson, later joined by his wife, was publishing online before most people were connected to the internet. As demand for reliable fact checks grew, so did Snopes. Now it’s the oldest and largest fact-checking site online, widely regarded by journalists, folklorists, and readers as an invaluable research companion," (About Us).
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