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TheBlaze on a list of websites professor says students should avoid

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TheBlaze made the list of websites a New England college professor says should be avoided because of "false" or "misleading" headlines.

Melissa Zimdars, assistant professor of communications at Merrimack College in Andover, Massachusetts, compiled a list of websites, a number of them conservative or conservative-leaning, and labeled them according to one of four categories.

The first category, which includes websites such as Alex Jones' Infowars, is made up of "fake, false, or regularly misleading websites" that are passed around social media:

Some of these website may rely on "outrage" by using distorted headlines and decontextualized or dubious information in order to generate likes, shares and profits.

The second category of websites, featuring Breitbart and CoastToCoastAM.com, "may circulate misleading and/or potentially unreliable information."

Sites in the third category, which includes Red State and Twitchy, "use clickbait-y headlines and social media descriptions."

And the fourth category includes satirical websites such as The Onion, which post intentionally false information for the purpose of humor.

While TheBlaze makes the list of websites Zimdars says to avoid, she does not label the site with a corresponding category.

Zimdars also included some liberal and liberal-leaning websites, but the number of right-leaning websites seems to greatly exceed the number of left-leaning sites.

Far-left websites such as Salon, Mother Jones, The Daily Kos and Talking Points Memo, for example, don't appear anywhere on the list.

(H/T: Los Angeles Times)

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