Typically one of the first things liars, propagandists, people with unethical agendas, cult leaders and conspiracy theorists do is attempt to discredit those they oppose or don’t like, and any source that might expose them. They’re often notorious for playing the victim, painting themselves as one of the few beacons of hope in a world of corruption, lies and unethical behavior.
That’s why I’ve always recommended fact-checking as much as you can, always making sure the sources of information you trust are credible (not just feeding you misinformation you want to hear but a lot of the time isn’t accurate), don’t be too proud to admit that you are wrong from time to time, and don’t reject a source of information because it sometimes expresses opinions with which you don’t entirely agree.
We’re now living in a world where being diligent about making sure the news sources we trust are credible has become just as important as keeping up with what’s going on in our world. While the Internet has brought with it many amazing things, it’s also made the spread of lies, fake news, propaganda and absurd conspiracies easier than ever.
With that in mind, I wrote what is probably my longest article to date (on any topic) fully tackling this “fake news” problem and explaining some points that need to be laid out. I hope you’ll take a few minutes of your valuable time to read the entire article, located here, and let me know your thoughts.