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WFRV Fails to Offer Alternative Viewpoint

WFRV CBS 5  |  7-12-2017 On July 12, 2017, Green Bay’s Channel 5 (WFRV) featured a story during its 6...

Bias by Placement? You Decide

Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel |  6-29-2017 Every once and awhile at WMCF we are alerted to various news stories or features that...

Local Media Blacks Out Controversial Statements

7-15-2017 Local stations in both the Green Bay and Milwaukee...

WFRV Fails to Offer Alternative Viewpoint

WFRV CBS 5  |  7-12-2017 On July 12, 2017, Green...

Bias by Placement? You Decide

Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel |  6-29-2017 Every once and awhile at WMCF...

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CBS 58 Furthers Anti-Trump Spin

CBS 58 |  6-13-2017 During its June 13, 2017 newscast, Milwaukee’s CBS 58 (WDJT) featured a story concerning GE moving...

Green Bay TV Blacks-Out Hacking Report

University of Michigan Research 6-7-2017 On June 7, 2017, various news outlets across the state, along with the Washington Post,...

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FOX 11’s Biased Expert

WLUK FOX 11 |  4-24-2017 On Monday, April 24th, FOX 11 (WLUK) featured a report during its 9:00 pm newscast...

Local Stations Ignore “Women’s March” Controversies

WGBA | WBAY  | WFRV | WLUK | 1/21/2017 During the 10 pm broadcast on January 21st, NBC 26 lead with...

Recent Analysis

CBS 58 Furthers Anti-Trump Spin

CBS 58 |  6-13-2017 During its June 13, 2017 newscast, Milwaukee’s CBS 58 (WDJT) featured a story concerning GE moving...

Green Bay TV Blacks-Out Hacking Report

University of Michigan Research 6-7-2017 On June 7, 2017, various news outlets across the state, along with the Washington Post,...

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FOX 11’s Biased Expert

WLUK FOX 11 |  4-24-2017 On Monday, April 24th, FOX 11 (WLUK) featured a report during its 9:00 pm newscast...

Local Stations Ignore “Women’s March” Controversies

WGBA | WBAY  | WFRV | WLUK | 1/21/2017 During the 10 pm broadcast on January 21st, NBC 26 lead with...

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Media Bias Defined

We've adopted Brent Baker's How to Identify, Expose & Correct Liberal Media Bias to help us to identify several forms of media bias.

Commission

Bias by Commission

A pattern of passing along assumptions or errors that tend to support a left-wing or liberal view. This could include stereotyping.

Context

Bias by Context

Leading people to believe an issue or problem is much greater than it truly is by not providing proper context, backed up with statistics or thorough analysis of the issue.

Headline/Visual

Bias by Headline/Visual

A report may be perfectly fair but its headline or TV graphic is not. The headline may mislead news consumers in favor of a liberal viewpoint or unfairly promote a pro-liberal aspect of the story.

Labeling

Bias by Labeling

Attaching a label to conservatives but not to liberals; using more extreme labeling for conservatives than for liberals; identifying a liberal person or group as an “expert” or as independent.

Omission

Bias by Omission

Ignoring facts that reflect negatively on liberal or left-wing views or ignoring facts that support conservative views.

Placement

Bias by Placement

A pattern of placing news stories so as to downplay information supportive of conservative views.

Policy

Bias by Policy

When a reporter goes beyond reporting and endorses the liberal view of which policies should be enacted, or affirms the liberal criticism of current or past policies.

Source Selection

Bias by Source Selection

Including more sources in a story that support one view over another. This bias can also be seen when a reporter uses such phrases as “experts believe,” “observers say,” or “most people think.”

Spin

Bias by Spin

Emphasizing aspects of a policy favorable to liberals without noting aspects favorable to conservatives; putting out the liberal interpretation of what an event means while giving little or no time or space to explaining the conservative interpretation.

Story Selection

Bias by Story Selection

A pattern of highlighting news stories that coincide with the agenda of the Left while ignoring stories that coincide with conservative social issues.

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