Media Bias: Spin

Definition

Bias by spin

Emphasizing aspects of a policy favorable to liberals without noting aspects favorable to conservatives; putting out the liberal interpretation of what an event means while giving little or no time or space to explaining the conservative interpretation.

Memo to AP’s Bauer: Law Enforcement in Wisconsin is Local

By Sam Morateck of Media Trackers It seems reasonable to hold mayors accountable for crime in their respective cities; law enforcement is a local responsibility. But is it logical to hold a governor of a state responsible for murder increases statewide when law enforcement is conducted on a local level and city murder rates drive […]

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Media Mischaracterizes Local Ordinances Bill

By Kevin Binversie of Media Trackers One would think having uniform rules around the state of Wisconsin regarding labor law, and wages wouldn’t be controversial. But that’s exactly how a report from early December in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel made a bill authored by and now being circulated by state Senator Chris Kapenga (R-Delafield). In […]

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Journal-Sentinel Spins Narrative

Journal-Sentinel | 9-27-2017 On September 27, 2017, the Milwaukee-Journal Sentinel  (along with other Gannett Media newspapers) featured the following story: Wisconsin Supreme Court cuts stipends for judges who asked for tougher conflict standards The story, found here calls into question the “conservative” justices of the Wisconsin Supreme Court who voted in favor of eliminating the payment of […]

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Door County Pulse Overplays Hand

Door County Pulse |  9-7-2017 In its September 7, 2017 “Reps in the News” feature, Door County Pulse featured  the following “tidbit” concerning President Donald Trump’s claim that his campaign was “wiretapped” by Obama officials: Pretty bold words:   The current President of the United States flat-out lied about the then-sitting president issuing a wiretap […]

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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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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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