Fake News, spin, opinion…… whats the difference?

Fake News, spin, opinion…… whats the difference?

I’m getting bombarded by facebook, twitter, newspapers, with news stories.

I have no idea what is real any more.

It seems that anyone can “create” news and if it is repeated often enough then it becomes the truth.

Even mainstream media (BBC and CNN) is accused of generating (or repeating) dubious news stories. The recent Presidential election in the US seems to have brought this phenomenon to the public’s attention.

Some of these news stories are designed to be seen as from credible sources (Web Sites or Blogs) but its hard to know which sources are putting a spin on their stories.

So the question is, how can you tell a fake news story from a real news story?

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Mark Haringman is an occasional blogger and poster on Facebook