Strategy: Read Laterally
Fact-checkers don’t spend a lot of time on a page until they have done a little research about it.
Open new windows and check to see what other pages say about:
Strategy: Previous Work
Search to see if existing fact-checking sites have covered the topic.
The Headline reads: Hoaxed: The ‘Illegal Alien Mom with Barefoot Kids’ Photo was a Setup – Another Staged #FakeNews Production
Google search: immigrant mom and kids fake fact check
The first result is Snopes.
Strategy: Swim Upstream
Find the original source of the information reported.
Hint: Be a detective! Use Google to search keywords to try to find the original source.
It is difficult to calculate one's personal bias. That said, it is often a worthwhile activity to attempt it if only to see where your own personal biases may lie. Useful to these efforts is the following Media Bias chart, which tries to outline both the quality of different news sources along with where the bias of each sources lies along the spectrum of liberal to conservative. As much as possible, the author of the media bias chart tried to be scientific with their calculations as possible and their methodology is outlined along with the chart.
Please take a look...