WFRV CBS 5 | 1/14/2017
On January 14, 2017, Channel 5 (WFRV) featured a story on its website titled:
Rights group: Rise of Trump, far-right leaders puts ‘human rights system at risk’
The story, found here, was originally published by CNN, but was nevertheless featured in its entirety on WFRV’s website – bias and all.
Where to begin . . .
First, let’s address the fact that WFRV would even choose to feature this story. As WMC has repeatedly pointed to in the past year, local media has been complicit in furthering the liberal narrative that Donald Trump is a “boogey man” out to get minorities, illegal immigrants, foreigners, homosexuals, the disabled, Muslims, and the list goes on and on.
This story simply furthers that unfounded and biased narrative. There is nothing in this article that is actually news. Instead, the story focuses on the opinions issued in a press release by an organization called Human Rights Watch. In short, this is an op-ed disguised as news.
Opinions aside, let’s next address the source of the information addressed in this article: Human Rights Watch. Human Rights Watch is a liberal organization whose motivations and “conclusions” have been widely criticized.
Take, for example, Human Rights Watch’s position on abortion:
“International human rights law recognizes that access to safe and legal abortion is crucial to women’s and girls’ effective enjoyment and exercise of their human rights, including the rights to life [. . .]”
Many would take issue with the opinion that abortion protects the right to life.
Conservatives, though, are not the only critics of Human Rights Watch. Take comments made by liberal civil rights attorney, Alan Dershowitz:
Now we must ask who is watching Human Rights Watch, one of the world’s best-financed and most influential human rights organizations? It turns out that they cook the books about facts, cheat on interviews, and put out pre-determined conclusions that are driven more by their ideology than by evidence [. . . .] Human Rights Watch no longer deserves the support of real human rights advocates. Nor should its so-called reporting be credited by objective news organizations.
Harsh words, and though WMC takes no position on the legitimacy of Human Rights Watch, one wonders if WFRV would be as willing to publish a press release issued by a conservative organization criticizing liberal politicians as WFRV was in featuring Human Rights Watch’s criticism of conservative politicians?
In choosing to feature this report, WFRV has committed bias by story and source selection.