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.

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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Fox 6 Unfairly Targets Dem Candidate for Governor

FOX 6 |  6-12-2017 On Friday, June 24th, WMCF President, Will McKinley, addressed recent news report from Milwaukee’s Fox 6 (WITI) while guest-hosting The Jerry Bader Show. The report, titled: Democrat looking to challenge Gov. Walker didn’t sign recall petition, says he was never asked to, questions the bona fides of Milwaukee businessman – and Democrat […]

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WBAY Features Democrat Expert

WBAY ABC 2 |  5-7-2017 During its 10 pm newscast on May 7, 2010, Green Bay’s Action 2 News (WBAY) featured a report on the House of Representatives’ passage of the American Healthcare Act. Watch the story: Now, WMCF takes particular issue with WBAY’s featuring the excerpt of the interview with one Dr. Atul Gawande, […]

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CBS 58 Spins Immigration Debate

CBS 58 |  5-9-2017 On May 9, 2017, CBS 58 (WDJT – Milwaukee) featured a “special report” during its 10 pm newscast titled: “Impact of Immigrant Labor in Wisconsin.” The report focused on a Southeast Wisconsin dairy farm whose workforce consisted of all illegal immigrants. One might think the reporter would call into question the […]

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