Media Bias: Source Selection

Definition

Bias by the selection of sources

Including more sources in a story that support one view over another. This bias can also be seen when a reporter uses such phrases as “experts believe,” “observers say,” or “most people think.”

Post-Crescent Takes up the Battle Cry

Appleton Post Crescent | 4-16-2017 In its Easter Sunday edition, the Appleton Post-Crescent (a member of the Gannett-USA Today Network) featured a whopper of a piece titled: Protesters Demand Trump Release Taxes You can read a version of the story at USA Today’s website here. The title pretty much sums up the story: thousands of […]

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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 […]

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Channel 5 Demonstrates Bias Regarding Protests

WFRV CBS 5  |  2-13-2017 On Monday, February 13, 2017, Channel 5 (WFRV) presented a doozey of a story regarding the “Day without Latinos, Immigrants, & Refugees” demonstrations in Milwaukee.  First, watch the report here. Can you spot the bias? Well, there are several forms presented.  Let’s address them one at a time. First, the […]

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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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NBC 26 Takes on an “Unbeliever” — the DNR

WGBA NBC 26  |  12-29-2016 In its December 29, 2016, 10pm newscast, NBC 26 (WGBA) addressed a “dramatic change” to the Wisconsin DNR’s website. Watch the story: The “dramatic change” hyperbole aside, in its reporting, NBC 26 commits two types of bias. First, it commits bias by policy endorsement by implicitly accusing the DNR of […]

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Fox 11 Tackles School Drug Testing

WLUK FOX 11 |  12/14/2016 At WMCF, much of our work “checking” bias seems to focus on local media’s bias toward a political party or candidate. Every now-and-then, we’re presented with the opportunity to point out bias that is committed in an apolitical context. On Wednesday, December 14, Fox 11 (WLUK) featured the following video report and […]

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