In a recent “Who’s Who” of media members published by the Gustavus Adolphus College Library, news sites that serve conservative audiences are “garbage” and “conspiracy theory” should be avoided by naive students.
But extremely-biased liberal publications are praised as “great” sources of news.
The guide is a brainchild of Vanessa Otero, a patent attorney, who organizes news sites on the basis of “partisan bias” and “journalistic quality.” Conservative pages such as The Daily Caller, TheBlaze and Red State don’t fare well on the “journalistic quality” scale, rated as “sensational” or “clickbait.”
But publications like Slate, Salon and other obviously-slanted liberal sites (just ask them!) receive high marks, and are described as on the same level of neutrality and integrity as the Wall Street Journal.
Worse, the guide links to an article in the Huffington Post as a handy tool for separating real and fake news.