WLUK’S Hypocrisy on Display

WLUK FOX 11  |  12-6-2016


Bias:  Hypocrisy

On October 11, 2016, WMCF featured an analysis “checking” a story posted on FOX 11’s (WLUK) website. WMCF’s gripe: in its story concerning Hillary Clinton, FOX 11 embedded a Tweet from the New Yorker titled:

“New Poll Reveals Voters Find Unconscious Clinton More Fit to Be President Than Conscious Trump.”

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You can find our past analysis here.  

Let’s flash forward to December 6, 2016. On its website, FOX 11 featured a story titled: “Shifting definitions of ‘fake news’ complicate efforts to stop it.” The story takes on the ever-growing narrative that “fake news” is a major threat to our Nation, which needs stamping out.  

There are many angles from which WMCF could critique this story, namely, the spin that “real news” can only come from traditional news outlets.  We believe the work we do on this website calls that premise into sincere doubt.

Instead, though, we thought this story presented WMCF an excellent opportunity to point out FOX 11’s hypocrisy.

According to the piece:

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Despite recognizing that satirical works from publications like the New Yorker can be difficult for readers to discern as satire – not news – FOX 11 nonetheless has previously embedded a Tweet directing readers to a “fake news” story authored by Andy Borowitz at the New Yorker.

This is just one of many examples of how the media chooses to ignore how its own conduct potentially contributes to the problems on which it reports.

(Editor’s Note: Content Updated 12-22-2016)

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