Media Bias: Omission

Definition

Bias by omission

Ignoring facts that reflect negatively on liberal or left-wing views or ignoring facts that support conservative views.

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 6 Perpetuates Trump Family Smear Campaign

WITI FOX 6 |  5-30-2017 On May 30, 2017, Milwaukee’s FOX 6 (WITI) featured the following story prominently on its website: Wow . . . where do we begin. It is clear that the national media has become obsessed with reporting any possible “controversy” that may exist surrounding President Trump or his family, but this […]

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Channel 5 Pushes Mainstream Narrative

WFRV CBS 5 |  4-4-2017 On March 29, 2017, Channel 5 (WFRV) featured a story on its website titled: April Ryan: The press is ‘under attack by this administration’. The story focuses on a tense interaction between White House reporter, April Ryan, and White House Press Secretary, Cmdr. Sean Spicer. Read/Watch the report here. Can you spot […]

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WBAY Omits Key Facts

WBAY ABC 2  |  1-30-2017 In its January 30, 2017, 10 pm newscast, Channel 2 (WBAY) featured a story concerning the impending enrollment deadline for Obamacare. Watch the story and listen carefully: Were you able to spot the bias? Notice at the end of the report, the anchor states:   “If you don’t have healthcare, […]

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Local Stations Ignore “Women’s March” Controversies

WGBA | WBAY  | WFRV | WLUK | 1/21/2017 During the 10 pm broadcast on January 21st, NBC 26 lead with coverage of the “Women’s March” that occurred in Washington DC and elsewhere. Although the event organizers, WGBA, and others pegged this event as a Women’s March, others helped bring some clarity to the event and […]

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WFRV Blindly Follows Russian “Hacking” Narrative

WFRV CBS 5  |  1-2-2017 There is no doubt that the national media has been focusing much of its reporting on Russian hacking. The local media has been no different; however, in its January 2, 2017, 10 pm newscast, Channel 5 (WFRV) took the narrative a bit too far, crossing into the realm of bias. […]

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NBC 26 & Channel 5 Commit Bias by Omission

WGBA 12/19/2016  WFRV CBS 5 WGBA NBC 26 |  12-19-2016 On Monday, December 19, 2016, both NBC 26 (WGBA) and Channel 5 (WFRV) featured headline stories during their 10 pm newscast concerning the assassination of the Russian ambassador to Turkey.   Both stations partially reported on what the assassin said during his attack: “Don’t forget […]

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