Harvard University Library Brands Conservative Websites as “Fake News”

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“Fake News” left-winger Melissa Zimdars is back and she has made it to the Harvard University library which has posted a research guide to fake news, based on Snopes, Politifact, Washington Post fact checkers, the usual left-wing censors. Included on the library website is guidance to “fake news” as well as a “fake news” list compiled by Zimdars, Daily Caller reports.

Zimdars is an assistant professor at Merrimack College who has made it her business to decide what is “fake news” on the Internet and to make plugins like the BS Detector available for people to brand articles and websites they deem “fake news”.

Most notable on the library page is the subtitle, “False, Misleading, Clickbait-y, and Satirical ‘News’ Sources (Huge list of fake news sites)” that includes a link to a massive database of almost all the existing right-leaning sites including the Drudge Report, The Washington Free Beacon, Independent Journal Review, the Daily Caller and the Washington Examiner.

Also included are Breitbart, Heartland, CNS News. Frontpage Magazine is listed as “hate” because they concentrate on the threat of radical Islam; their sister site Truth Revolt is listed as “hate” though there is no hate on it – they complain about hate. Laura Ingraham’s Lifezette is called “clickbait” though it’s clearly not.

Weasel Zippers, which is an aggregate for the the right, like Drudge Report, is also listed as “bias”. If you are right-leaning, you are going to be “bias”.

Zerohedge is considered “conspiracy”. Mostly that site lists excerpts from legitimate news sites with some editorial comments. He’s not predicting the end of the world but he did point out the evil in the Democrat Party in one op-ed.

Ron Paul threatened a lawsuit and his Institute is now simply “political” while under the general category “fake news”. He was on her original fake news list last year when she first posted it.

Even conservative commentary sites like TheBlaze (labelled “clickbait”), RedState, Daily Signal, and the Weekly Standard are listed under the “fake news” umbrella.

While there are left-wing sites on the list, Mother Jones, Media Matters, the New Republic and the Huffington Post are not, though they are fake and far-left.

Laughably, the same people who have flourished using unnamed officials and anonymous government sources are concerned about unsubstantiated claims.

Zimdars is cited on the library site for the quick and easy guide for “5 Ways to Spot and Stop Fake News”. One of the ways to stop things you don’t like is to use a plugin that classifies an article as fake should you deem it so. She has a chat site going on Gitter where anyone can start listing the sites/articles they believe need censoring.

That gives a lot of power to those who disagree with a point of view.

Zimdars doesn’t understand why there is a problem. She included more right-wing sites because she claims there are more of them. She also said that in her “fake news” general category, many sites are not listed as “fake” but as “bias”, “conspiracy”, “rumor”, “hate”, “unreliable”, “junk science”, “satire”, “clickbait”. That’s true, but the umbrella term is “fake news sites”.

Some of the biased far-left sites like alternate, advocate, americanprogess.org (Soros) are listed as “credible” thought they are provably biased.

Censorship is a serious concern. As it is, Conservative websites don’t come up on Google’s first, second, third pages very often. Wikileaks showed us how biased Google is. The CEO of Alphabet, Google’s parent company, was playing on Hillary’s team during the election cycle.

Zimdars “working list” can be seen below.

Censorship has followed the free expressions of men and women like a shadow throughout history. All Totalitarian regimes must first censor to build and control a compliant citizenry. Sometimes media is directly controlled by the government, or the government takes out ads for their side to “nudge” the populace, but in other cases, the media is indirectly controlled by government regulation, or sympathetic media spokespeople and executives. Universities also cooperate. It’s something to keep in mind.

Left-wing Idea of Fake News on Scribd


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