Checking out the source is the best way I know of.
If it's a website, check out the other stories. See if there's a trend in advancing an agenda of some kind.
If it's research, check to see who funded the research and if it was independently peer reviewed.
If it's a blogger or a broadcaster, dig deeper into what they say. Look at past reports to see if they follow a biased trend. If the reports are predominantly all pro this or that, it's not a reliable source.
If the reporters have been caught in lies, or pushing conspiracy theories that have proven to be false, they're not a reliable source. If a reporter makes a mistake, and owns up to it, that's different. Unless it happens a lot.
We also have to be cautious of getting caught up in "Echo chambers". Echo chambers are groups of like minded people. If that's all you hear, that's what you'll believe. That's how cults operate.
In short, it's a lot of work separating fact from fiction. Especially in today's world of social media.
The "Friends" aspect of social media creates echo chambers.
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