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Liberal Professor Melissa Zimdars and the Los Angeles Times Try to Blacklist Legitimate News Sites

The Los Angeles Times is running a story about a list prepared by Merrimack College Professor Melissa Zimdars. The list in question supposedly lists “[f]alse, misleading, clickbait-y and satirical ‘news’ sources.” Notice the punctuation around the word “news.”

You will not be surprised to learn that Melissa Zimdars lists a bunch of legitimate news sites that she does not like including my old site, RedState, as well as IJ Review, the Blaze, and more. She supposedly is not just going after “false” and “misleading” sites, but also “clickbait-y” sites, but does not include BuzzFeed, which certainly passes the “clickbait-y” test as does the Huffington Post.

What it amounts to is a national media outlet that leans left-of-center taking up the cause of a leftwing professor to blacklist conservative sites. There are certainly sites on the list that are false, misleading, and clickbait-y. There are sites on the list, including sites like Infowars and Prison Planet that I specifically refuse to use as show prep for my radio show.

But regardless of what you think of Breitbart, the Blaze, IJ Review Project Veritas, or RedState, they are legitimate sites.

To the extent they are on this list, they reflect the biases of Melissa Zimdars and nothing else.

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