For those of us who would like to avoid such sources, some of the lists of biased and/or untrustworthy sites may be a helpful place to start (here's an example). But just because a site has a bad reputation for bias or misinformation does not mean that they do not occasionally report something accurate. And of course, even the reputable sites sometimes get things wrong. To be good skeptics, we need a way of checking individual stories to determine whether they are accurate before we share them with others on social media.
The bad news is that this does involve a bit of extra work on our part. I guess if skepticism was easier, there would be more skeptics. The good news is that there are some fact-checking resources available to assist us. Here are some examples of fact-checking sites that can help us research political stories, urban legends, and even email-based scams or hoaxes we might come across:
- The Washington Post's Fact Checker