Fox 11’s Headline Misleads

WLUK FOX 11 | 11-15-2016


On November 15, 2016, Fox 11 (WLUK) featured the following story on its website, titled: Senators Warren, Reid reach out to President-elect Donald Trump and his transition team.

This headline implies that Democratic Senators Harry Reid and Elizabeth Warren were “reaching out” to Donald Trump, as in, were demonstrating a willingness to cooperate with Trump as he assumes the presidency.

This could not have been further from the truth. If one actually reads the body of the article, one can see the more appropriate headline was: Senators Warren, Reid lash out at President-Elect Trump.

The entirety of the article focuses on the criticisms lobbed by Warren and Reid at Trump and his developing cabinet, yet the headline gives a false impression, painting Reid and Warren in a favorable light. This is bias by headline.

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