Unfortunately, everyone has biases and agendas that influence how they interpret and present information; the only way for you to make an informed decision is to exercise critical thinking.
Regularly practicing a self-evaluation can be an excellent way to build your critical thinking skills and ensure that you are thinking and behaving in a way that is honest and fair.
One of the most important elements of critical thinking is the willingness to accept that you could be wrong or could have done something better.
What you could do, however, is practice reframing the statement in different ways.
Reframing is changing the way that the statement or information is presented, like turning it into a question.
' or 'In what ways is capitalism responsible for economic inequality?
' Reframing the statement as a question prompts you to think about it differently and hopefully seek information that will fill in some of the gaps.
For example, if the subject is about medicating children with depression, one person would take the 'for' position and the other the 'against' position.
Debates require each side to assemble and review data and evidence, consider varying perspectives, and build a case for why they're either for or against a position.
For example, a teacher might spend ten minutes at the end of the day to consider whether he or she provided the class with enough information and accommodated different learning styles and brainstorm possible ways to make lessons more exciting.
Sometimes the way that information is presented can make critical thinking a challenging task.