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Dot Earth Blog: An Exercise to Sift for Sources Amid a Blitz of Fake News


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Navigating the Straits of Hormuz at the entrance to the Persian Gulf in 1984. (Here’s an untrue account of this actual sailing trip.)Credit Andrew C. Revkin

Updated, Nov. 26, 3:45 p.m. | Something tells me you may have noticed that fake news is in the headlines, most recently through the blitz of fact-free web fare during the presidential campaign and a new Stanford University study showing, as NPR put it, that “Students Have ‘Dismaying’ Inability To Tell Fake News From Real.

This issue has been simmering for many years, of course.

For information consumers who care about reality, the overworked folks at Snopes.com offer a tiny line of defense, but are completely outgunned, not just by professional disinformers but by the reflexes of Instanet users. (Here’s a Snopes fake news “survival guide.”)

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