Facts or Opinions

A fact is beyond dispute but an opinion is someone’s view, and it isn’t guaranteed to be true. An essential skill for reading news articles is to differentiate between a fact, and the case when it seems that someone tries to provide an opinion as fact.

Not sure if a story is true? Cross-check a story with another (news)source, the more sources you can find for a story, the better. Check if the story is factual and PR-free.
Fast-check: Copy the headline of the story into a search-engine like Google or Yahoo!, and look at the results. The more references from trusted sources you will find, the more it is possible the story is true. If only dubious sources show up, the story is most likely not true.

Associated Press(USA)
United States’ primary news service.

ABC News
News division of the American Broadcasting Company owned by Disney.

The Christian Science Monitor (USA)
CSM weekly magazine covers international and US current events.

Deutsche Welle
Trusted Germany’s public international broadcaster with a German perspective.

EA WorldView
Blog by Scott Lucas, Professor of American Studies at the University of Birmingham, covering issues and analysis of Iran, Syria, the Middle East, the US and Russia.

Fareed Zakaria
Indian-American journalist and author, host of CNN’s Fareed Zakaria GPS and a columnist for The Washington Post.

The Economist
Edited in London, one of the most trusted news sources, about half of its weekly circulation is sold in the United States.

The Guardian (UK)
British daily newspaper, named Newspaper of the Year four times.

The Nation (USA)
The oldest continuously published weekly magazine in the United States offers liberal/progressive political and cultural news, opinion, and analysis.

The National Public Radio, is threatened by Trump’s massive cuts to domestic programs.

The Progressive (USA)
“A voice for peace, social justice, and the common good”. Monthly magazine of politics, culture and progressivism.

“We are committed to reporting the facts and in all situations avoid the use of emotive terms.”

Slate (USA)
Online liberal/progressive magazine that covers current affairs, politics and culture in the US.

SPIEGEL Online – International (Germany)
One of the most widely read German-language news websites, the English section featuring articles translated into English.

Voice of America (USA)
United States government-funded multimedia news source!

Washington Post
Newspaper with a particular emphasis on national politics and the reputation to topple presidents.

For the fun part of this page (but you should take it very seriously)
Trump vs. Truth
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, John Oliver’s show shows techniques how to produce ‘Fake News’ and how to identify them as such.


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