Local Media Blacks Out Controversial Statements

7-15-2017


Local stations in both the Green Bay and Milwaukee television markets were quick to feature coverage of the national “Women’s March” that took place the day after Donald Trump’s inauguration, along with the “Day Without Women” protests that took place in March.

What wasn’t featured in local news coverage: that one of the individuals responsible for organizing these events was a woman named Linda Sarsour, an orthodox Muslim activist who has advocated for the implementation of Sharia law in the United States, among other policies which (ironically) are anti-woman.  

Having failed to provide that context (as we pointed to back in February) local media was again presented with an opportunity to question Ms. Sarsour’s motivations.  

During a speech at the Islamic Society of North America’s convention in Illinois, Sarsour stated that resisting Trump Administration policies is a form of “jihad,” because in the United States, “you have fascists, white supremacists, and Islamaphobes reigning the White House.”

Despite this concerning rhetoric, no mention could be found in local media.

Why? Local media often reports on “controversial” statements made by conservative activists, yet we now see a pattern of local media choosing to ignore Ms. Sarsour’s “dirty laundry.”

In doing so, bias by story selection is being committed.

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