Normally it’s our site which hands out “awards” for the most biased news, but this time TruthRevolt is a recipient.
We made the cut on a list of “fake news” circulated by Harvard University library’s website and we’re in good company, too: Drudge Report, HeatStreet, The Blaze, Twitchy, Breitbart, National Review, The Washington Free Beacon, are all there, just to name a few. TR wasn’t the only David Horowitz Freedom Center project featured, either; so was our sister site, FrontPage Mag.
Some liberal sites made the list, too, including The Daily Beast and Daily Kos but inexplicably, no Buzzfeed, Salon, Slate, or Media Matters. By design, we're sure.
Both TR and FPM were lumped into the same two categories: “bias” and “hate.”
Here are the sites definitions for both:
Extreme Bias (tag ‘bias’): Sources that come from a particular point of view and may rely on propaganda, decontextualized information, and opinions distorted as facts.
Hate News (tag ‘hate’): Sources that actively promote racism, misogyny, homophobia, and other forms of discrimination.
Harvard’s website includes instructions on how to avoid “fake news and the spread of misinformation” and other tools in the search for facts. But “when in doubt,” it says, “ask a librarian.” Obviously, they’re the final authority on the best of the web.
The database was authored by Merrimack College’s Assistant Professor of Communication Melissa Zimdars. She began the list last year, as we reported, but has since expanded the content. Did we strike a nerve?
Curiously, Zimdars trusts some highly biased news sources regularly called out here for extreme bias:
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 (Truth-Out) 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.
There’s some good advice in there… somewhere. But what do we know? We're blinded by "hate" and "bias."