Melissa Zimdars Creates a Handy List of “Fake News” Websites for When You Want to Avoid Thoughtcrime

by Scott Creighton

Newthinkers bellyfeel Ingsoc and that is all they need to know

Melissa “Mish” Zimdars teaches young journalists to get their minds right

Melissa Zimdars, an assistant professor of communication at Merrimack College in Massachusetts has done the homework for you and put together a handy Google document for you to share with all your friends that lists the bad places on the internet you want to avoid because they peddle in “fake news”… according to Melissa Zimdars.

Melissa states:

Update 1: I’ve received hundreds of emails with suggestions, very few of which are duplicates, so it will take me a while to sift through and verify them. I will add them as appropriate. (EDIT 11/15/2016 @ 3:42 EST: I have a list of sources, suggested by all of you, that will take me a long time to get through) Update 2: Yes, I am considering further coding/categorizing these sources for clarity and creating a more durable/dynamic database. This is likely just step 1. Update 3: Some people are asking which news sources I trust, and all I can say is that I read/watch/listen very widely, from mainstream, corporate owned sources (The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes) as well as The Atlantic, National Public Radio, and various local and alternative sources with different political perspectives, some of which are included on this list. The problem: Even typically reliable sources, whether mainstream or alternative, corporate or nonprofit, rely on particular media frames to report stories and select stories based on different notions of newsworthiness. The best thing to do in our contemporary media environment is to read/watch/listen widely and often, and to be critical of the sources we share and engage with on social media.

I noticed that CNN is NOT on the list even though they have literally been caught FABRICATING news events on several occasions.

I also noticed the New York Times was also NOT on the list even after the ENDLESS STREAM of fake news they produced regarding WMDs, chemical weapons, Yellow Cake from Niger stories and Incubator Babies… none of which were true in the slightest way and all contributed to the DEATHS of thousands of Iraqis… not to mention a COUPLE THOUSAND US SOLDIERS as well.

Fox News is also NOT on Melissa’s list in spite of the fact that if they weren’t reporting FAKE NEWS back during the Bush/Cheney days, they were running blank air. EVERYTHING they reported back then was FAKE NEWS and the entire country knows it.

As a matter of fact, folks are turning away from the very MSM outlets that Melissa seems to be promoting with this list of hers. Viewership is down over the last couple of years and rating agencies are running studies explaining why: because they are reporting FAKE NEWS.

At Fox and Fox News, 10 percent of the claims we’ve rated have been True, 11 percent Mostly True, 18 percent Half True, 21 percent Mostly False, 31 percent False and nine percent Pants on Fire.

That means about 60 percent of the claims we’ve checked have been rated Mostly False or worse. Here’s how it breaks down (as of Jan. 27, 2015)

At MSNBC and NBC, 44 percent of claims have received a rating of Mostly False or worse. The full breakdown: 2015

All that said, here are a few of the websites Melissa decided are “fake news”

  • Daily Wire
  • Occupy Democrats
  • ZeroHedge
  • World Net Daily
  • Lew Rockwell
  • Intellihub
  • Infowars
  • HumansAreFree
  • 21st Century Wire
  • Prison Planet
  • ActivistPost

I can’t disagree with all of them. I personally stay away from Prison Planet, Infowars, Veterans Today and World Net Daily because I myself know them to be disinformation websites.

Some of the others though are good resources. 21st Century Wire, Activist Post, Occupy Democrats and CounterPsyOps typically do good work, the kind of work that folks like Melissa would rather you didn’t read.

Melissa Zimdars currently teaches introduction to Mass Communication, Advanced Mass Communication and Feminist Media Studies at Merrimack College. She teaches them to believe the New York Times and avoid Activist Post. An important lesson if they want to grow up and be as successful in the corporate complicit industry as she has.

Zimdars, who teaches mass communications mind you, can’t understand why her list of thoughtcrime inducing websites has gone viral and “spiraled out of control”. I guess people across the internet don’t like to be told what wrongthink is or is not. There is also talk of companies using the list in spam-blocking software that would block people using various ISPs from viewing the sites on the list. She claims she didn’t see this coming. Someone in the mass communications business. yeah. Right.

Raw Story was originally on the list. They are one of six that have been removed.

John Kirby’s was not on the list. They should have been right alongside CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, New York Times, Washington Post, Foreign Policy, Foreign Affairs, NPR, Voice of America and of course…

I was not on the list. To my shame. Oh well. Maybe I will make the addendum.

Please help keep AE up and running if you can.

Thank you all so much

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15 Responses

  1. I prefer to choose my own sources and am not really interested in what the propaganda arm of the government wants us to believe. My list would look very different. With most of these sites that have been determined to be “fake” news, the truth is there may be some information put forth that isn’t 100% correct but there is also some truth in there. I think in an honest analysis, mainstream news would lose by at least a mile. It should be about personal discernment rather than government mandates or whatever this is going to turn out to be.

    I have recently noticed people on my Facebook telling me that I shouldn’t post fake news or reports from “illegitimate” sources even before this subject came to my notice. Of course, these are people who get all of their “facts” from conservative sources. Many people seem to be comfortable living with their heads up their you-know-whats. I don’t believe it’s my responsibility or anyone’s place to tell someone what sources are valid or illegitimate and I really don’t appreciate Google/government goons empowering the self-righteous know-nothings.

    • Keep in mind then, you are entitled to use the same response when they link to CNN or the NYT or Fox. This mindless acceptance of MSM lies crosses political lines and it’s disgusting how many so-called “liberals” freeze when told the NYT is utter crapaganda. Mention Judith Miller, or the rigged tax calculator, and their brains turn off. It’s amazing to watch and a quick way to sort thinkers from tools.

  2. double-plus-good!

  3. Iirc The Onion is on the list also. Good job, professor

    I wonder why foreign-policy is missing, albeit it’s a nice source to predict the actual direction of the US-agenda.

  4. My prediction – a wide variety of cognitive dissonance operations will be rampted up very soon, big time, both in terms of complexity and in terms of size.

  5. World Net Daily may go in for Peace Prize conspiracy stories, but they were the only site I found that gave in depth coverage on the murder of that nurse, Carey (Can’t remember 1st name) in DC, including follow up.

  6. The mainstream isn’t more truthful than the alt media, nor would the MSM lose from it by a mile. Both media blocks are worth each other when it comes to disinfo – this in a very general observation. This is why the sites like Scott’s are of more importance.

    Truth is not reflected in website traffic at all.

    As Scott well knows, increasingly the alt media is gaining in on the MSM in magnitude of disinforming and co-opting its audiences and useful units (idiots). The age of infowars or other so-called tips of the spear has long gone by now and we need to pay attention and support to venues like American Everyman.

    This concludes my 2 cents on “Melissa Zimdars Creates a Handy List of “Fake News” Websites for When You Want to Avoid Thoughtcrime” 🙂

  7. For me she is not that serious. Her photo and specially her smile seems very «fake» to me. So, in the end, I am affraid her students will not be well taught or educated.

  8. Source Analysis, Writing Style Analysis, Aesthetic Analysis, Social Media Analysis are four analytical categories used by the Open Source GoogleDoc produced by Ms. Zimdars. She includes ABC & CBS as ‘fake news.’ She uses negative adjectives for delimiters which brands her with what she is projecting onto the Web sites she analyzed. Ms. Zimdars did not reveal the name of the bot or the name of its program she used to collect statistics based on what she was looking for (‘may’ is used 10 times in her article so she is covering her ass). The bot sounds more like a censorship program eccentrically unique public libraries use whose board-members are made of the same lay persons who censor movies: namely Catholic. Ms. Zimdars is a either a Catholic or a shill working for those who want to control what we think and say for future use by the Grand Inquisitor. I notice blogs like mine are overlooked for their use of memes with text. I would ask her to add a fourth column that reads: ‘Not Catholic’ for future writers who want to know their audiences or avoid being manipulated like Protestants have with the connived celebration of St. Patrick’s Day which should be Saint Cromwell’s Day (all the snakes turned orange so it was easier to kill the ones who burned people at the stake or ripped poor people off).

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