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The following definitions will help in assessing viewpoint.
Bias: Prejudice or preconceived notion that causes a person to favor one person or side of the debate over another. In other words, a bending of facts, cherry-picking of facts, or a complete fabrication of information in order to fit a preconceived narrative.
Confirmation bias: When conducting research, this is your natural inclination to give more weight to information and arguments that agree with your own original opinions and/or beliefs.
Moderate: Holding views that are neither excessive nor extreme.
Neutral: Not aligned with any side in a controversy, or with a particular political or ideological group.
Objective: Without bias. An objective position aims to be based on fact, rather than on personal feelings or prejudices.
Subjective: With bias or preconceived views. A subjective opinion is more affected by personal viewpoint or experiences than by fact.
Source: “Exploring Point of View .” World News Digest. Infobase Learning, n.d. Web. 10 Feb. 2017. <http://wnd.infobaselearning.com/recordurl.aspx?wid=101092&nid=485001&umbtype=0>.
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Fact checking specialty and international sites
Respected specialty sites cover niche areas such as climate or celebrities. Here are a few examples:
There are many fact-checking sites in different countries. Here is a small sample:
El Polígrafo (Mexico)
The Hound (Mexico)
BBC Reality Check (UK)
Channel 4 Fact Check (UK)
Full Fact (UK)
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