Every day now, we hear about the woes of readers unable to distinguish between “fake news” and real news, as if undependable news reporting is anything new. Readers and fact investigators have always needed to know how to figure out for themselves what to believe and what to question further.

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The next time an investigator tells you he can legally “ping” someone’s cell phone to figure out where they are going, run away fast.cell phone pinging.jpg

We’ve written before about the illegality of getting a friendly phone company employee to help out with cell phone tower signal data that helps to locate people. As we wrote in

“TelexFree is already creating MILLIONAIRES and now is YOUR turn.”  So read the now defunct website of TelexFree Inc., which U.S. officials ordered to be taken down earlier this month.  Massachusetts company TelexFree Inc. held itself out as a low-cost internet telephone company.  In reality, its founders were allegedly running a billion dollar global

Now that 60 Minutes has apologized for airing a false eyewitness account of the 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, what can investigators, journalists and others who deal in facts learn from the incident, well summarized by the Columbia Journalism Review here?60 minutes benghazi logan.jpg

  1. If something is as easily disprovable as the now-discredited claims