Author: WMCF

NBC 26 Can Learn from Itself

WGBA NBC 26  | 8-24-16 On August 24 and 25, 2017, during its 6pm newscast, Green Bay’s NBC 26 (WGBA) featured coverage of the recent shooting of a young man by a Kewaunee County Sheriff’s deputy.   First, watch NBC 26’s August 24th coverage of this story:  NBC 26 Live at 6 (Recorded Aug 24, 2017, […]

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Gannett Reaches in Recent Article

GANNETT  |  8-16-2017 On August 16, 2017, Gannett-operated newspapers in Wisconsin featured the following story, which was published at the height of the recent national hysteria concerning the appropriateness of Confederate monuments in public spaces: As Confederate statues fall in U.S., Russians are erecting statues for dictator Stalin Read the story here:   Can you […]

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WKOW Commits Bias by Policy Endorsement

WKOW |  8-17-2017 On August 17, 2017, during its evening newscast, Madison’s Channel 27 (WKOW) featured a ridiculously biased, “gotcha” story titled:   Co-sponsor of campus free speech bill won’t say if he’d support white supremacist speech at UW Watch the story: Can you spot the bias? It’s twofold. First, WKOW commits bias by policy […]

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WFRV Commits Bias by Spin

WFRV CBS 5 |  8-7-2017 On August 7, 2017, Green Bay’s Channel 5 (WFRV) featured a story concerning the US Department of Justice’s efforts to “crack down” on sanctuary cities. Unfortunately for WFRV, a subtle point of bias infiltrated their reporting. See if you can spot it:   Aside from the general lack of reporting […]

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WBAY Commits Bias by Labeling

WBAY ABC 2 |  8-12-2017 In its August 12, 2017 evening newscast, Green Bay’s Channel 2 (WBAY) featured a report regarding the terrible protests that turned deadly in Charlottesville, SC. However, similar to many in the national news media, WBAY went overboard with their use of terminology in describing the event. See if you can […]

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WBAY Offers Unbalanced Report

WBAY ABC 2 |  8-1-2017 On August 1, 2017, during its 6pm newscast, Green Bay’s Channel 2 (WBAY) featured a story concerning the DNR’s approval of a Kewaunee County dairy farm expanding operations. Watch the story:   Can you spot the bias? First, let’s start with the easy one: bias by selection of sources. Notice […]

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Gannett Strikes Again

Times Reporter |  8-4-2017 On August 4, 2017, Manitowoc’s Times Reporter (among other Gannett Media-operated newspapers in Wisconsin) featured the following story: President Trump’s strong-arm tactics backfire in Senate, experts say First, read the story here. WMCF will not engage in the debate over whether Trump’s tactics do or don’t work.  However, WMCF does call […]

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FOX 11 Furthers Bias by Policy Endorsement

WLUK FOX 11 |  7-19-2017 On July 19, 2016, Green Bay’s FOX 11 (WLUK) featured a story on its website titled: Health plan’s fall brings dread for ‘Obamacare’ recipients Check out the story here. The bias is palpable. This story (authored by the Associated Press, but featured by FOX 11) essentially acts as an advocacy […]

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FOX 6 Unnecessarily Promotes Book

FOX 6 |  7-13-2017 On July 13, 2017, Milwaukee’s FOX 6 (WITI) featured the following headline on its website: Planned Parenthood head is writing “Inspirational” memoir Read the story here. Can you spot the bias? Here, we have a nice example of bias by story selection. How is the release of a book by Cecile […]

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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 […]

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