Cooper: Is your news spin or truth?

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, center, kneels during the national anthem before the team's final NFL preseason football game during the 2016 season.

Many Americans continue to have difficulty separating truth from fiction when it comes to the daily news.

Social media, 24-hour news networks and our poor attention spans are at least parts of the problem. We're quicker to trust a late-night talk show host, a Facebook post and an overheard conversation than we are to test the truth for ourselves.

We believe that's what has caused the flow of so much misinformation during the first seven months of the Trump presidency. The hate left over from the shocking election results and the president's own Twitter bombast don't help, either.

In recent weeks, the misinformation only has exacerbated race tensions and expectations heightened during the previous presidential administration. We wonder where this will end, but we're certain that it can be dialed back if people began to think more on their own again and not buy into dangerous crowd-think.