"Baby boomers share nearly 7 times as many 'fake news' articles on Facebook as adults under 30, new study finds"
Wow! That's pretty sad. Here's my mini-solution to verifying
I've had people tell me to check all the sources on a regular basis. Good
advice, but too general for me.
I'm currently composing a piece on
our march to support Venezuela. Venezuela has a serious problem with
its economy. The left-leaning Guardian said that the former president
Hugo Chavez imposed price controls on basic food items like flour and
that Venezuelan bakers had no economic incentive to produce flour
because they couldn't sell flour products at a profit.
I said to
myself "Did Venezuela subsidize the production of flour or did
they simply slap price controls on it?" I ran a search on
"venezuela flour" and checked the right-wing Libertarian
website Mises and the more middle-of-the-road NPR. Neither of them
mentioned subsidies. NPR provided a good quote from a baker in
Caracas where he said something to the effect of "I'd love to
produce the more nutritious bread, but I gotta pay workers, gotta pay
rent, etc., so I need to produce brownies and cookies that I can sell
at a higher price."
So I looked at a good variety of sources and concluded that Venezuela is shooting itself in the foot by imposing price controls without subsidizing the production of basic goods. I search, but in a
more organized fashion than to just randomly reading what everybody
says about everything.