WFRV CBS 5 | 5-26-16 @ 5 p.m.
We’ve pointed this particular instance of bias by spin before, yet the local stations continue to engage in a one-sided explanation of the voter ID debate. WFRV CBS 5 presented only the liberal argument against the voter ID law without presenting the conservative argument for the law.
On May 26, 2016 at 5 p.m. WFRV reported the latest development in Democrat’s attempt to fight the law. WFRV reported that a federal judge ruled “there will be no change to Wisconsin’s voting laws before the August 9th primary election, including the requirement for a photo identification be shown at the polls.”
WFRV did a fine job summarizing this development. Where WFRV got into trouble is with the last line of its report. “The plaintiffs argue the law discriminates against the poor, racial minorities, and younger voters.” End of story. What’s missing? How about adding: “The State Attorney General meanwhile says the law will help prevent cheating at the polls.”
WFRV conveniently furthers the liberal narrative while omitting the conservative narrative. This has been a pattern in the way this particular political issue has been covered in the Green Bay TV market.