Unreliable Sources

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Ironically, despite the proliferation and availability of information, good information is hard to come by. Finding the right data is often a matter of quickly dismissing sources of bad data, allowing the cream to rise to the top. To speed up this process, I've created the following list of unreliable sources that I've found to consistently provide false information.

Sources marked with this warning symbol are known to be actively hostile to the truth. They regularly engage in propaganda, which has two elements:

  • Deliberate lying with malicious intent, and
  • Suppressing or dismissing facts, usually by discrediting the source of those facts ("poisoning the well")

News media

Sources on this list have a pattern of publishing factually inaccurate headlines or articles.

  • BuzzFeed
  • CNN
  • MSNBC
  • New York Times
  • Newsweek
  • Time
  • Washington Examiner
  • Washington Post

Curated online references

Sources on this list routinely publish false information, often while positioning themselves as unbiased and impartial.

  • Facebook, Reddit, and Twitter—Theses sites curate content almost exclusively from these aforementioned sources. They also tend to favor user-generated content shared from the same. In short, these sites are an echo chamber of unreliable information.
  • FactCheck.org
  • PolitiFact
  • Snopes
  • Wikipedia—Although it's full of misinformation, the bottom of articles contain links to other sources that may be useful.

Where can you find reliable sources? I hesitate to provide a list because what's reliable one day could become unreliable the next. One marker of a reliable source is that they willingly share their primary sources. For example, rather than just telling you what's in a document or recording, they actually give you the source material to view for yourself.

What is always reliable is God's Word. Test everything against that, and you'll be in good shape.

Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world. By this you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God, and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God... -1 John 4:1-3