When presented with a new site that needs to be evaluated, professional fact-checkers don’t spend much time on the site itself. Instead they get off the page and see what other authorities have said about the site. They open up many tabs in their browser, piecing together different bits of information from across the web to get a better picture of this site where they’ve landed.
Only when they’ve gotten their bearings from the rest of the network do they re-engage with the content, with a better understanding as to whether to trust the facts and analysis presented to them.
What to look for when reading laterally: