FOX 11 Acknowledges Bias

WLUK FOX 11 |  8-17-2016


In a rare move by local media, WLUK FOX 11 (through its parent company, Sinclair Broadcast Group) recently featured an article on its website addressing media bias.  In its piece, titled:

Questions raised about CNN editing of comments by Milwaukee shooting victim’s sister

FOX 11 addressed criticisms levied against CNN’s news coverage of the recent riots that stemmed from the officer-involved shooting of Sylville Smith in Milwaukee.

Specifically, FOX 11/Sinclair Broadcast Group called into question the fact that in initial reporting, CNN featured a quote from Smith’s sister, Sherelle Smith, wherein she stated:  “Don’t bring the violence here and the ignorance here.”  

What CNN failed to include in it’s initial report is the sister’s follow-up statement:  “Take that sh*t to the suburbs. Burn that sh*t down! We need our sh*t! We need our weaves. I don’t wear it. But we need it. We need our gas. We need our food. Y’all don’t understand that sh*t. We need that. Y’all want to hurt somebody, take that sh*t further out.” 

CNN’s Ana Cabrera posted this tweet after a significant public backlash over their initial story. “We shorthanded sister’s quote. Unintentionally gave the impression she was calling for peace everywhere. Correction:”

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Though FOX 11’s focus was on CNN, WMCF has, itself, noticed that local reporting of the Milwaukee unrest painted a jaundiced image of what occurred.  

For instance, several local affiliates failed to properly report that the police officer who shot Mr. Smith was also African American (imagine the coverage if he had been Caucasian).  There was also zero reporting on the fact that rioters were specifically targeting Caucasian individuals for harassment and attacks.

Though its own coverage of the Milwaukee riots had room for improvement, WMCF nonetheless commends FOX 11 for addressing CNN’s bias in reporting.  We seldom see the media, itself, acknowledging that one of its own is capable of bias…

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