Fox 11 Makes Much from Nothing

WLUK FOX 11 |  1/30/2017


In its January 30, 2017, newscasts, Fox 11 (WLUK) featured a story about UW-Green Bay students being “uncertain” about their future as a result of President Trump’s “travel ban.”

First, watch the story: “Travel ban leaves International students at UWGB uncertain about future

Can you spot the bias?  

Fox 11, like may of its media counterparts in Northeast Wisconsin, tracked with the national media in featuring reports on the supposed adverse affects of President Trump’s January 27, 2017 Executive Order. This is an example of one of those reports.

In this instance, Fox 11 commits bias by story selection and spin. Why? Because despite the fact that the story implies that the Executive Order has had a negative impact on local students, the supposed negative impact is non-existent. Fox 11 directly admits:

There are currently no international students on VISA at UWGB who are affected by the ban

Furthermore, Fox 11 concedes:

St. Nobert [sic.] College, UW-Oshkosh, and Lawrence University officials say they currently do not have any students who are affected by the ban.

Based on these facts, there seems little purpose for this story other than to further the narrative that the Executive Order has caused/will cause horrible consequences to foreign nationals. This is emphasized by the individual interviewed who claims “rights” are being “stripp[ed] away,” when, in fact, foreign nationals have no “rights” to enter the United States in the first place.

Ultimately, the story leads the viewer to conclude that there is something inherently wrong with the Executive Order because it “worries” international students when, in fact, none of the students at issue have anything to worry about.

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