Not all information resources are created equal! Be sure you think about what kind of information you are using. Some quick guidelines:
See the Penn State University Library's Evaluating Information page for more information about how to ask and answer the above questions, and their Evaluating Information Rubric for tips on what to look for in books, periodicals, and web sites.
All news sources have political leanings, left (more liberal), right (more conservative), and centrist. Determining the partisan bias of a news source isn't an exact science, but here are a few sources that may help:
As news consumers, it's important to keep our personal biases in mind, too. Confirmation bias is the tendency to seek out information that confirms our beliefs and avoid or ignore information that challenges them. It's important to read about a topic across multiple (credible) news sources to get the full picture.
Is the news report you're reading or watching outright false or not and how can you tell? Note: this is not the same thing as political bias. A story might have a political leaning or position with which you disagree, but that doesn't make it fake. Some tools to help you determine the veracity of the news: