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Re: Um, NY Times Critical Thinking
never actually read the NYT article in question.
The article doesn't say not to think critically. It suggests approaching information on the Internet the way fact-checkers do:
2. Investigate the source.
3. Find better coverage.
4. Trace claims, quotes and media to the original context."
This is to insulate yourself from falling into the "rabbit hole" of sites or groups that are very good at pushing propaganda, like the Daily Caller or Stormfront. Stormfront is actually cited in the article as an example of this.
A good example of the "rabbit hole" is the manufactured "outrage" over Dr. Seuss. The right is falsely alleging that "liberals want to censor and 'outlaw' Dr. Seuss as part of 'cancel culture'." The truth, which a little fact-checking reveals, is that Seuss' legacy publisher themselves decided to remove six obscure Seuss books they deemed offensive, from their catalog. But facts don't matter to the right, as long as they can keep you in their own rabbit hole.