Meet The Leftist Professor Who Wrote The 'Hit List' Of "Fake News" Sites

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Merrimack College assistant professor Melissa Zimdars, author of the "fake news" list circulated online (Photo: Twitter)

Merrimack College assistant professor Melissa Zimdars, author of the “fake news” list circulated online (Photo: Twitter)

The mainstream media are going wild circulating a viral list of so-called “fake news” websites – and the list includes established news sites like WND, Zero Hedge, Breitbart, Red State, the Daily Wire and Project Veritas – but WND has found a leftist, Trump-bashing assistant professor in Massachusetts who specialized in “fat studies” is behind the effort to target and discredit legitimate news organizations.

Meet Merrimack College Assistant Professor Melissa Zimdars, a 30-something self-identified feminist and activist who has expressed great dislike for President-elect Donald Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence.

Melissa "Mish" Zimdars is an assistant professor of communication at Merrimack College in Massachusetts

Melissa “Mish” Zimdars is an assistant professor of communication at Merrimack College in Massachusetts

She’s only actually held her teaching position at the private college in North Andover, Mass., for 15 months.

Zimdars published and circulated a list of “fake, false, or regularly misleading websites that are shared on Facebook and social media.” She said she began writing the list because she didn’t approve of the sources her students were citing.

The problem?

In addition to some satirical and bogus sites, her list attacks the credibility of well-established news organizations such as Breitbart, BizPac Review, Red State, the Blaze, the Independent Journal Review, Twitchy, the Daily Wire, WND and James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas. In many cases (such as with her WND listing), she offers no explanation for why the news organizations were included on the list.

Mainstream media outlets such as the Los Angeles Times circulated Zimdars’ growing list. The Times headlined its story, “Want to keep fake news out of your newsfeed? College professor creates list of sites to avoid.” The Times offered no details concerning Zimdars’ qualifications or background. News organizations such as CNN, the Washington PostBoston Globe, New York Magazine, USA Today, Business Insider, the Austin American-Statesman, the Dallas Morning News and others spread the list like gospel and cited it in their reports.

But nearly none of them considered Zimdars’ political leanings or questioned her criteria or qualifications for determining which news sources should be included on her list. 

(Editor’s note: Zimdars removed her list following publication of this WND article. However, versions of it continue to be circulated in the mainstream media and online.)

A portion of the "fake news" list published by Melissa Zimdars

A portion of the “fake news” list published by Melissa Zimdars

Zimdars teaches courses in radio, production, mass communication, feminist media studies, television criticism and new media and digital communication. She received her doctorate in communication and media studies just last year.

Zimdars has not responded to WND’s request for clarification on her expertise or criteria for deciding which news sources to include on her list. WND asked Merrimack College President Christopher Hopey if he stands by Zimdars’ decision to publish the list and use it as teaching material for her classes. However. Merrimack Vice President of Communications Jim Chiavelli replied, “Thanks for your question to the president about professor Zimdars pedagogy. The college has no comment for this story.”

Concerned individuals may contact Melissa Zimdars and Merrimack College President Christopher Hopey.

In response to the list, PJ Media’s Stephen Kruiser wrote, “It’s no surprise that a college professor compiled this list; what’s galling is that the Los Angeles Times ‘reported’ on it without mentioning that it’s complete garbage.”

Sean Hannity’s website warned that Zimdars’ list includes “mainstream conservative sources” and “is giving us insight into just what kind of websites the left plans on targeting for censorship.”

In addition to her new job as an assistant professor, Zimdars is also a columnist and contributor for Little Village Magazine – a left-leaning magazine that says it’s focused on issues such as “racial justice,” “gender equity,” “critical culture,” “economic and labor justice” and “environmental sustainability.”

Her Twitter profile describes her as a “feminist” and “activist.”

Zimdars’ social-media accounts are protected from public view, leading tweeter Vanessa Beeley to note that Zimdars “can’t take the heat. Named ‘fake media’ & then protected all her own media sites.”

But Newsbusters found tweets from Zimdars harshly criticizing President-elect Trump and Vice-President elect Mike Pence during the vice-presidential debate in October.

“Undocumented workers contribute more to this country (beyond taxes) than Drumpf ever has or ever will,” she tweeted on Oct. 4.


The same day, she tweeted to Pence that Hillary’s “basket of deplorables” comment does not equal “Trump’s constant sexist, racist, homophobic, and xenophobic comments.”


Zimdars says she’s an expert on the media’s portrayal of “fat” people. In 2015, the same year she received her doctorate, Zimdar published a paper on “fat acceptance TV” in the journal Popular Communication. The paper critiqued the TLC television miniseries “Big Sexy.” It’s unclear whether the paper was Zimdar’s doctoral dissertation.

In an interview with the “Feminist Killjoys Podcast,” Zimdar talks about her “fat studies” research.

“I mostly focus on media representations of fatness, or any kind of body that deviates from the normal health prescription,” she said.

She enthusiastically declares that she’s “less self-conscious of my own rear end than I used to be” and participates in an extensive discussion of the Kardashians, a reality TV family. She further suggests women should “celebrate eating pizza.” Zimdars praises actress Amy Schumer for stating, “I’m probably like 160 pounds right now, and I can catch a d–k whenever I want, like, that’s the truth. It’s not a problem!”

Concerned individuals may contact Melissa Zimdars and Merrimack College President Christopher Hopey.

Zimdars published a 2014 article in Little Village Magazine on the TV series “Girls,” starring Lena Dunham.

“Girls is meaningful to me mainly for one reason: Lena Dunham’s naked body,” Zimdars writes, praising Dunham’s “body confidence.”

At a University of Notre Dame conference in June of this year, Zimdars gave a presentation titled, “Failures of the Self or Failures of Fitbit?: Gendered Fit/Fatness, Tracking Technologies, and Self-SurveillingPost-Feminist Subjects.”

Zimdars racked up about $60,000 for her degrees in communication and media studies, according to the Iowa Gazette.

As a graduate student, she also complained about tuition costs in a 2014 interview with the Des Moines Register, telling the newspaper she was joining a protest because, “We wanted to all work together to bring awareness to the fact that it doesn’t have to be an issue if the state would start funding higher education again. Then we wouldn’t be acquiring so much debt as individuals.”

As for her list of “fake news” sites, one Twitter user offered up the following “list of journalists who colluded with the Clinton campaign.” The reporters and news organizations in his post were not included on Zimdars’ list.

He tweeted, “Here’s the actual list of fake news sites from WikiLeaks. Melissa Zimdars is a troll.”



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AtATrESICI's picture

Not this CUNT still. 

froze25's picture

Ok hackers of the world, let's see some photos and videos of her doing weird shit.

FireBrander's picture

Hillarly Clinton won the popular vote?

>131,891,349 total votes


61,578,949 for Trump

+4,320,306 For Johnson

+1,333,983 for Stein

+517,912 for McMullin

+188,545 for Castle

+970,046 for Giant Meteor


- 62,981,308 voted for Clinton


= Clinton LOST the “popularity contest” by 5,928433 votes!

InjectTheVenom's picture

whoever does her hair should be shot

InjectTheVenom's picture

but seriously though..."fat studies" ?   Wow.  Just. Fucking. Wow.

I bet her parents are so proud of her.


(quickly , please !!)


roddcarlson's picture

Reminds me of an old TV show a couple years ago called "The Third Wheel". In one particular episode two girls were fighting for the same guy to be picked. The one girl had teeth like the professor's above. The other girl said something like "I don't know who your cheap ass dentist is?". The girl with teeth said something like "What do you mean by that?"...buck smile. The other girl replied "All the gums and stuff".

Other instance was driving through Cali with my old S10 truck, I did a U turn and ended up curbing the rim. I get out to inspect the wheel. And this girl driver with 4 other female occupants lets out a horse whinny. All I could see is her horse gums. Needless to say I don't care for that look.

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Draybin Deffercon III (not verified) roddcarlson Nov 18, 2016 6:07 PM

Why do liberal dykes always wear those stupid horn-rimmed glasses? My Auntie had those in like 1979... she's 37 years older now but still looks better without them.

roddcarlson's picture

My guess is that they got rejected by a few men and then became man haters. The glasses are a masonic marking of being a butt muncher.

J S Bach's picture

Tyler, why do you keep showing dumb imbicilesses like this? She is to be pitied and her parents jailed for child abuse.

It is astonishingly revealing, however, just how low our "higher" institutions of learning have fallen with the likes of this bird-brain being granted the title of "professor"!  God help us all.

hxc's picture

Nothin' wrong with shining a little light on these cockroaches, brotha

jcaz's picture

All you parents of the little snowflakes who are attending this school just think about how much of your FAT tuition payments goes towards tripe like her salary.....

This chick should be taking my order at Perkins, not shaping young minds.  Not a chance she's on track for a professorship when the enrollment of this liberal laugh-shack drops by half after the swamp drains......

macholatte's picture


The glasses are a masonic marking of being a butt muncher.


ROFL  +10

Manthong's picture

I would like to thank the professor for providing the discriminating reader a few new sites to frequent for honest news and intelligent opinion.

Holy hand grenade of Antioch's picture
Holy hand grenade of Antioch (not verified) Manthong Nov 18, 2016 8:12 PM

At least now I know how the word "schlonging" came to be... 


After falsely accusing a highly decorated Marine officer of conspiracy and perjury, snowflake will have a long and prosperous career teaching... typewriter maintenance at the Rocco Globbo School for Women!

Liberal's picture

As a staunch liberal and a Fat Studies major, I strongly support whatever Daily Kos and Huffpost tell me to support.

I support fat chicks!

letsit's picture
letsit (not verified) Liberal Nov 18, 2016 11:21 PM

Well Trump will support whatever Israel tells him to support.

techies-r-us's picture
techies-r-us (not verified) letsit Nov 18, 2016 11:22 PM

Can someone tell me what and who to support?

techies-r-us's picture
techies-r-us (not verified) techies-r-us Nov 18, 2016 11:22 PM

Come on!

philipat's picture

Lonnng, Yippee Kiyay, letsit, techies-r-us, stizazz, stizazz, Mano-A-Mano et al, sorry to make you “Talk to yourself” more to avoid having my “outing” post immediately below your spam. It now takes you 4-5 minutes to post because you have to login as different users to talk to yourself and separate your spam post from my spam alert so taking advantage of Zhers who don’t know your game. Still, without a life I suppose you must have plenty of time on your hands. I have a life so am not always focused on hitting the key on my machine which automatically responds to your spam. Another poster, erkme 73, was able to hack into your parents security system and get a shot of you in the basement where you live. Not a pretty site:

fleur de lis's picture

Check out the bios for the communications faculty at Merrimack.

Interesting how many of them have so much free time to enjoy the great outdoors and relax with music, cultural events, etc.

Maybe they don't have enough homework to correct.

Maybe they don't really teach anything that requires homework.

Maybe they are just taking up time and space at Merrimack while they pursue their own goals.

Maybe the parents and taxpayers should ask for post graduation employment stats.

Maybe Merrimack should trim the department accordingly.




philipat's picture

SPAM ALERT: Do not open the fake links. Letsit has now taken over as Spammer-in- Chief after Yippee Kiyay and now lonng were banned. This serial spammer previously known as: mofio, santafe, Aristotle of Greece, Gargoyle, bleu, oops, lance-a-lot, Loftie, toro, Yippee Kiyay, lonnng, letsit, Mano-A-Mano, techies-r-us, beauticelli, stizazz, Nekoti, SumTing Wong, King Tut, Adullam, jcaz, espirit, rp2016, Holy hand grenade of Antioch (some still active for the purposes of talking to and congratulating himself) and others. He seems to have more accounts than all other ZH members combined. Beats me why The Tylers can’t just block his IP?

Jim in MN's picture

This fake news thing is entirely planted and created to get us off the sex crimes and bribery of one Hillary Clinton and her fucked up posse.


We SHOULD return the Earth to its justly scheduled reckoning.





Fake News is Fake

bamawatson's picture

HUMA is the key
shine extra bright light on that cuntroach

Socratic Dog's picture

I don't support fat chicks.  Not after I let one drag me home and fuck me, what, 30 years ago or more.  Horrendous.  I still wake up in a cold sweat thinking about that on occasion.

Goddam beer goggles.

nightwish's picture

Sporting the faux fashion dyke bangs was the dead giveaway this chick is a fembot

There's something irritating about her look,  u just want to punch her in the face

IndyPat's picture

Practicing her spinster look.

Bet she has 4 cats. Bet all 4 of those cats hate her and take Lithium to stabilize their moods.

Jim in MN's picture

Dude that's low....



Secret Weapon's picture

I think she was the lead actress on the Scooby Doo show.

Or this, a much more recent picture.

gladih8r's picture

I don't know never know where that face has been.....

robnume's picture

And her nickname is "Mish!" Mike Shedlock is not going to like that one little bit.

Holy hand grenade of Antioch's picture
Holy hand grenade of Antioch (not verified) Jim in MN Nov 19, 2016 7:09 AM

If you do a web search on Melissa Mish Zimdars, you do pull up some strange stuff, weird, artsy kind of photography stuff like naked women kneeling in front of headless men in tuxedos, 4 militant chicks with semi-automatic rifles, another chick with a snake on a dog leash, etc.


(I can't verify if its the same person though, the site is hidden behing Word Press).


Anyway, the WordPress page is clearly linked to a Melissa Mish Zimdars, (with a .me internet suffix, which is Montenegro, so maybe there's another one out there). The fotos reminded me of that 'spirit cooking' chick.


Jeffersonian Liberal's picture

Do these posers not realize that their styles just make them look like caricatures of those trying to look hip and intelligent?

Seriously. Talk about wannabes trying to be relevant.

As I posted on another ZH thread, if she is so confident in her intelligence and superior argument, she ought to invite a few regular posters at ZH or a few "fake journalists" from Breitbart to her class to have an "open discussion."

But we know they are too cowardly and intellectually impotent for that kind of conversation.

beemasters's picture

I agree ZH should just let it go and focus on the truth (which includes dumping Gatestone Institute articles, however much ZH gets paid for giving them the spotlight. Not worth it!).

Being petty or attacking some unknown professor doesn't bode well. It's just giving her strength and credibility. Imagine if I should spend my energy attacking some "misguided" people who voted me down in ZH. :)))

Whoa Dammit's picture

Politely putting up with other people's shit is what got our country into the mess it's in now.

Crush the cube's picture

There's a big difference between an attack and out right laughter.

robnume's picture

Notice she's got "The Duffel Blog" on her list. No shit, it's a satirical military website! Yes, it's fake and  it's hilarious. And to boot, this "professor" can't even spell "Duffel" correctly. She spells it "Duffle."

Holy hand grenade of Antioch's picture
Holy hand grenade of Antioch (not verified) robnume Nov 19, 2016 2:17 AM

I'm pretty sure she was THE DUFF in high school. (Designated Ugly Fat Friend)

Jim in MN's picture

You are a fucking plant.  Account for five years, activated in November to bitch about ONE of the Tylers' sources and be a pain in the ass.

You are called out. 

OverTheHedge's picture

This nice lady has created a lost of "forbidden" websites, and given it to her students, to make sure they don't look at it? She's not been a teacher for very long, methinks.

I think that Tyler might be quite pleased at all the free, mainstream advertising, and I would be interest to see the site traffic data, as you would expect a worldwide increase in interest on “forbidden" news.

You can now choose to be a "forbidden deplorable" - how exciting is that?

_ConanTheLibertarian_'s picture

Yes Tyler, show us some traffic stats. That would be nice.

Mountainview's picture

There is no space big enough for the European Hillary MSM supporters, there would be overflow.

bloostar's picture

Hey, I upvoted you just for taking part. There are no winners or losers here.. oh wait, wrong website.

Mareka's picture

Fake news like "Hands up don't shoot" ?

Mr. Universe's picture

Heres the Pizza connection again, I wonder if her fav is Comet Ping Pong Pizza? But seriously I love this quote...

She further suggests women should “celebrate eating pizza.” Zimdars praises actress Amy Schumer for stating, “I’m probably like 160 pounds right now, and I can catch a d–k whenever I want, like, that’s the truth. It’s not a problem!”

what she fails to mention is that the aformentioned member is attached to Bill the Cat

Antifaschistische's picture

Amy Schumer is rich and famous....there are always flies attracted to that, and flies looking for bragging rights like the groupies that follow "rock starts" and pro athletes.

That should not be the motivation for hefty ladies to stay hefty

Fish Gone Bad's picture

She majored in "Fat Studies" with a minor in "Needing a Hug".