Here are Some Tips to Tell Real News from Fake News

They often look alike

Tom Egelhoff
4 min readMar 16


Photo by Austin Distel on Unsplash

After becoming a radio commentator, one of the more exciting things I found was confirming the accuracy of what I was talking about.

A good friend once said, “The thinnest pancake has two sides.” And that’s about as true as anything out there.

So how do you know what’s right and wrong? Or biased and unbiased.

Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn have shown that many people have no problem reposting information that is questionable at best and flat-out wrong at worst.

But how do you find the accuracy of the facts before you post your name on it for the entire world to see?

Finding The Real Facts

I recently watched the movie, “All the President’s Men,” with Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman.

They played Washington Post reporters Woodward and Bernstein, whose reporting brought down the Nixon Whitehouse.

According to the movie, they spent most of their time trying to confirm information.

That’s what we on the air are also trying to do.

Legitimate Sources vs. Opinion

There are the “Top Fifty Conservative Web Sites” and the “Top Fifty Liberal Web Sites,” both reporting the same stories popular in the daily media.

So, in many cases, I can find at least some baseline for opposing views from these two sources.

Cutting through the bias is another story.

Usually, within stories, there are often links to information to enhance the accuracy.

For example, a story might say, “According to a recent study …” “Study might link to the actual Study providing more unbiased information than the post on the site.

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Tom Egelhoff

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