A Great Way to Counteract the Effects of Fake News

I have found a great way to counteract the effects of fake news on us, and it only takes about a half-hour a day.

First of all, don’t just read your local newspaper or your favorite magazines. Read your enemies’ newspapers as well as your friends’ newspapers, especially as America’s friends have been dwindling lately.

There’s likely to be fake news in all newspapers, but that of your friends will cancel out that of your enemies or at least you’ll know which news items require further digging. You also might find your enemies are not so bad and your friends are not so good.

It’s also a good idea to take advertisements and opinions with a grain of salt. They are loaded dice.

You can substitute your own beloved and/or hateful newspapers from the list I’ve provided. Here is my list of enemies’ and friends’ newspapers from my neck of the woods:

Israel: https://www.jpost.com/
Moscow: https://themoscowtimes.com/
China: http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/
Iran: https://www.tehrantimes.com/
Iraq: https://www.thebaghdadpost.com/en
Egypt: https://ww.egyptindependent.com/
Syria: https://sana.sy/en/
Lebanon: http://www.dailystar.com.lb/
Jordan: http://www.jordantimes.com/
Palestine: http://www.palestinechronicle.com/
USA:
– New York Times: https://www.nytimes.com/
– Washington Post: https://www.washingtonpost.com/?noredirect=on
– Christian Science Monitor: https://www.csmonitor.com/
Mexico: https://mexiconewsdaily.com/
Canada:
– Montreal Gazette: https://montrealgazette.com/
– Toronto Sun: https://torontosun.com/
Germany: https://www.thelocal.de/
France: https://www.france24.com/en/
UK: https://www.independent.co.uk/
Japan: http://www.asahi.com/ajw/
Korea:
– South Korea: http://www.koreaherald.com/
– North Korea: http://www.pyongyangtimes.com.kp/
Australia: https://www.abc.net.au/news/
India: https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/
Pakistan: https://tribune.com.pk/

If you have cable, satellite, or Internet television, you can browse around English broadcasts from European and Asian countries, as well as the Americas (South and North).

If this sounds like spy work, it probably is to a certain extent, but without the risk, as long as you live in a democracy. Spies never fall for fake news (or they’re out of a job).

Just beware of people who have a vested interest in feeding you fake news. The same goes for fake history, fake science (headlines that ask “Could placebo cure cancer?” or bleat “Aliens may be maintaining radio silence to foil SETI”), or fake logic.

Mike Stone

Raanana, Israel

2 Comments

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2 responses to “A Great Way to Counteract the Effects of Fake News

  1. G

    Hi Mike. For Australia –
    ABC.net.au/news
    is recommended. From an Australian with a perspicacious perspective. 🙂

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