For instance, the story circulating about Jenny McCarthy's son was posted on a blog site called "the Sports pig's blog." The article linked back to a 2010 Time Magazine article about McCarthy. However, the former playmate never said any of the things that the blog reported her saying.
At Pundit Fact and PoltiFact the journalists will often reach out to the sources of the information and try to verify or find out where it came from. Sharockman said that is one of the best indicators on whether or not it is true, because most of the time when it's a fake the people don't reply or they can't even find out who the person is originally responsible for posting it.
He encourages everyone to have a little fact-checker in them before blindly sharing posts.
"Sure it's easier to share and it's easier to share your opinions but make your opinions s based on sound evidence," he said.