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Stephen Downes

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I've said it before but this column makes it clear that it needs to be said again: evaluating information is not based on evaluating the credibility of the source. You can't place your trust in anyone. Even if you can trust your source (but again: you can't) they can make mistakes or may have been misled themselves. It's a canonical rule of journalism and should be your rule as well: confirm through multiple diverse sources. Instead of digging into the background and motivations of the source, look laterally. Does the story make sense within the wider context? Do you have to suspend belief in other things to believe the story? Is there a way to confirm of verify what has been suggested?

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