Years ago I had read a study which investigated our memory and the news. What they found was that people remembered the general details of the article but forgot the source. (I tried to find a link to the study, but could not find it. Perhaps that proves it?) 

I think this has implications in regards to all the news we read, both through traditional media and online. Different news sources have a varying degree of reliability. I have made it a rule of thumb to search out reliable news sources and ignore unreliable ones. It's not always easy.

Even the most reliable sources can make mistakes. A favourite of mine was the Globe and Mail reporting about Michael Enright going postal on former president Jimmy Carter. On April 1st several years ago, Michael Enright was purportedly interviewing former president Jimmy Carter. The conversation quickly degraded to name calling, and at one point Michael Enright called Jimmy Carter a washed up peanut farmer. It all seemed quite plausible, as Michael Enright was never very congenial at the best of times. The next morning the Globe wrote a piece stating that Mr. Enright had finally lost it, reporting it as news, when it had in fact been an April Fools prank. See #33 in this Washington Post article.

Next time you are in a conversation about a particular new story, see if you remember where your heard it.

Here are some sources which I deem reliable. I will add and remove entries based on my experience.
There are some great news sources out there. Here are are a few I recommend.


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