WFRV CBS 5 | 5-12-16 @ 5 p.m.
Bias by Commission, Bias by Video, Bias by Commentary
The media is pushing the “Republican Party is Split” narrative – as though it is news. These stories are coming fast and furious on all our local stations. Paul Ryan has not yet endorsed Trump. Oh my! The world seems to be ending according to the local media with the attention this is getting.
Meanwhile, the local stations continue to ignore the legitimate Hillary Clinton email server scandal. Mrs. Clinton is being investigated by the FBI and has demonstrably lied to the American public about her emails related to national security. She may be indicted! Yawn.
WFRV CBS 5 engaged in several biases in its May 12, 2016 reporting of the “Republican Party is Split” narrative. First, the story about the “strife” between Paul Ryan and Donald Trump was ginned up by the persistent reporter questions to each of those men. We are not saying it’s not a story but let’s keep some perspective and let’s keep it fair.
To be fair, those reporters should be asking top Democrats on a daily basis whether their constituents trust Hillary Clinton. They should ask Democrats whether Hillary can possibly win with so many in their party revealing in polls that she is not someone they trust.
If reporters asked that question to every Democrat on a local, state, and federal level on a daily basis and ran with the narrative that people don’t trust Hillary Clinton, “strife” in the Democrat Party could also be the topic of daily stories. Bias of commission is at play here along with bias by story selection.
The next bias we’ll address here is the imagery we see in this story. With no explanation we see images of an anti-Trump protest and signs that read “Stop the Hate” and “GOP and Trump, Dangerous, Divisive, and Deceitful.” The story however was about Paul Ryan and Donald Trump not about those organized anti-Trump protests.
In fact, in this story Ryan spoke positively about his meeting with Trump, saying: “I think we had a very encouraging meeting.” The images used in the story do not match what the story was about. The negative images goes to support the hidden liberal narrative that Trump is a “racist.”
Finally, we get to the big one. We saved the best for last. The WFRV reporter brazenly declared his opinion of Trump. The reporter believes Trump holds radical ideological views and the reported stated his opinion as though it was a fact. Watch for yourself.
WFRV Reporter: This Trump vs. Ryan debate has many in the Republican Party split. While some support Trump for his radical ideology, others stand by the Speaker of the House.