Harvard University has compiled a list of “fake news” websites for its students, and pretty much every leading center-right website has been labeled as an illegitimate source of news.
Citing reasons such as “click bait,” “bias,” or “unreliable,” the following news outlets have all been listed as “illegitimate” by Harvard scholars:
- The Daily Caller
- The Drudge Report
- Breitbart News
- The Washington Examiner
- The Washington Free Beacon
- Independent Journal Review (IJR)
- The Blaze
- The Weekly Standard
Liberal news sources, including BuzzFeed, The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, Vox.com, and Salon escaped the list, which was compiled by Merrimack College associate professor Melissa Zimdars.
Recommended to students as part of a Harvard library guide on “Fake News, Misinformation, and Propaganda,” the list is linked under a banner titled, “Identifying Fake News Sites.” The document is described as a “Huge list of fake news sites” in a comment next to the link.
“As previously reported, liberal journalists have struggled to come up with a concise definition of ‘fake news,’ even as they declare war on it,” according to the article, which further noted that liberal journalists sometimes “lump in legitimate news organizations with objectively false websites, leading to concerns that a crackdown on ‘fake news’ will be used by liberals to silence their conservative counterparts.”
H/T: Daily Caller
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