opinion≠ fact

Sometimes opinions are stated as if they’re objective facts.

In a study by the American Press Insititude, only 43 percent of people said they could easily sort news from opinion in online-only news or social media. As readers, we should demand transparency from journalists. We need to look out for stories that are opinions written as though they are facts, even if at first glance it might be something we agree with.

For example, the headline “Bernie, Warren Feud Far From Over” from the Fox News may sound like a fact because it is stated in a straightforward manner, but there is nothing that could be presently proven about that statement. This article is stated to be an opinion piece under the author’s name, but this doesn't help someone who is only looking at the headline. Make sure to look out for subjective language in headlines.

Oftentimes, journalists will write with a preconcieved bias about a subject in an effort to support their own or their journal’s agenda. In order to ensure we find the truth, we should check articles about the same story, especially when reading an opinion piece, against each other to find information that stays the same across the board and information that changes depending on the journal.

journalistic spin