Wisconsin Public Radio Commits Bias by Source Selection

WPR |  3-15-2017


On Wednesday, March 15, 2017, Wisconsin Public Radio’s Kathleen Dunn Show featured a segment titled “Environmental Justice Groups File Suit Against Milwaukee Freeway Expansion.”

First, listen to the segment at this link or read the written report here.

Were you able to spot the bias? Well, despite WNPR’s representation that the Kathleen Dunn Show is “Focused on leading balanced discussions about the issues of the day,” there was no balance in this report.

Here, two interviews are featured: that of the president of Milwaukee’s chapter of the NAACP, who opposes the construction project, and the other, a reporter from Politico who opines that “Scott Walker is building stuff for Scott Walker’s voters.” Nowhere, though, do we find another viewpoint on the proposed I-94 expansion supporting federal and state

Nowhere, though, do we find another viewpoint on the proposed I-94 expansion supporting federal and state highways. .

The I-94 expansion has been halted by Governor Walker’s proposed budget (which begs the question why this story was even featured); nevertheless, by taking up what would normally be a non-partisan project, WNPR creates a politically-charged issue, and features only one side of the debate. WNPR fails to provide the “balanced discussion” it professes to provide to listeners.

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