10. Sharon McMahon on Confirmation Bias, Misinformation, and Navigating News and Social Media

How do we better control misinformation floating around social media? Which news sources should you trust? How do you find middle ground with someone on a topic that you do not agree on? What are the driving forces behind conspiracy theories? We are answering all of these questions and more in today’s interview with Sharon McMahon.    Sharon is the mastermind behind the Instagram account @sharonsaysso, where she tackles tough government questions with non-partisan facts. She has over a decade of experience in government and law education. Sharon is passionate about teaching others how to recognize bias and empower them to feel less overwhelmed and more informed along the way.   In this episode we discuss: What biases are and how to spot them in news sources Our role in holding the media accountable How to know which sources are reputable and which are not Strategies for having tough conversations with people who have viewpoints that are not your own Why you should not be getting your news from social media   Resources mentioned: allsides.com Instagram: @allsidesnow Media Bias Chart: adfontesmedia.com Teach kids about bias with commonsensemedia.org A post shared by Partial News (@partialnews)   Connect with Sharon: Instagram: @sharonsaysso website: sharonmcmahon.com Government for Grownups Workshops   Connect with me on Instagram @motherhoodmeetsmedicine. For full show notes, head to lynzyandco.com/motherhood-meets-medicine-the-podcast/   Join the Motherhood Meets Medicine community at patreon.com/motherhoodmeetsmedicine.   Disclaimer: This podcast does not provide medical advice. The information on this podcast is for informational purposes only. No material on this site is intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. 

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The Motherhood Meets Medicine Podcast is a space that brings all women together. It's for those who hope to be a mom one day, those who are already mothers, and mothers of mothers. This podcast will give you candid, informal interviews on motherhood topics that you can listen to while you're driving to work, folding laundry or whatever else your busy day may bring. Each week, Your host, Lynzy Coughlin, will be focusing on topics ranging from postpartum issues to feeding babies to managing toddler tantrums. She's bringing in experts with formal training to cover everything motherhood! So grab your coffee and join us for a weekly chat on your time. All are welcome! Lynzy is a Physician Assistant in the Emergency Department where she has practiced medicine for the last 12 years. You can connect with Lynzy on her Motherhood Life & Style Instagram account, @lynzyandco. This is where you'll have the chance to submit questions for guest experts.