This is better late than never. Life isn't easy or simple. We have to think and work much of our time to avoid making even simple errors. Here are some tools to help us avoid pitfalls. This information is available many places and what reminded me most recently was an article in The Costco Connection: "Won't get fooled again."
Even if you think that you are correct. . .take the time to check it out before you use it. Here are some ways to do that.
1. The University of Pennsylvania carefully examines statements that are being presented as if they are true. They can aid you in this sorting process. http://www.factcheck.org
2. The foundation owned and operated newspaper, The Tampa Bay Times won a Pulitzer Prize for its examination of claims and they share with everyone. http://www.politifact,com
3. The Washington Post attempts to check information they come in contact with and they share with everyone. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/fact-checker
4. The New York Times checks out claims and points out those that mislead. http://www.urbanlegends.about.com
5. This site debunks myths. Really valuable. http://www.snopes.comhttp://www.snopes.com
6. If you're looking for candidates that reflect what you believe, this is your tool. http://www.votesmart.orghttp://www.votesmart.org
There are those that say we shouldn't trust the main stream media. They are not incorrect, but they don't go far enough. Trust what your efforts to exercise critical thinking produces. These tools should make your job quicker and easier.