Author: WMCF

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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WFRV Fails to Offer Alternative Viewpoint

WFRV CBS 5  |  7-12-2017 On July 12, 2017, Green Bay’s Channel 5 (WFRV) featured a story during its 6 pm newscast concerning the unveiling of a revised US Senate healthcare bill.   Watch the report: Can you spot the bias? This one is quite easy: notice the report lacks any comment from Republican lawmakers […]

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Bias by Placement? You Decide

Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel |  6-29-2017 Every once and awhile at WMCF we are alerted to various news stories or features that make us furrow our brows and ask:  is it bias or not? Here’s one such example. On the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel’s website, they have a practice of featuring “Top Videos” embedded next to a news story. […]

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CBS 58 Furthers Anti-Trump Spin

CBS 58 |  6-13-2017 During its June 13, 2017 newscast, Milwaukee’s CBS 58 (WDJT) featured a story concerning GE moving a portion of its Milwaukee operations to Canada. No doubt, this is certainly a newsworthy event; however, watch how the story was portrayed: Can you spot the bias?  Where to begin . . . First, […]

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