Media Bias: Context

Definition

Bias by lack of context

Leading people to believe an issue or problem is much greater than it truly is by not providing proper context, backed up with statistics or thorough analysis of the issue.

620 WTMJ Obfuscates Statistics on Illegal Guns

620 WTMJ |  10-30-2017 Did you see this headline from a recent 620 WTMJ article? Report: Wisconsin plays a role in Chicago’s gun problem The anchor obfuscates the truth when he states that “60% of those crime guns come from outside the state.” The implication here is that Wisconsin must be a main contributor to Chicago’s […]

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NBC 26 Can Learn from Itself

WGBA NBC 26  | 8-24-16 On August 24 and 25, 2017, during its 6pm newscast, Green Bay’s NBC 26 (WGBA) featured coverage of the recent shooting of a young man by a Kewaunee County Sheriff’s deputy.   First, watch NBC 26’s August 24th coverage of this story:  NBC 26 Live at 6 (Recorded Aug 24, 2017, […]

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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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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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Local Media Blacks Out Controversial Statements

7-15-2017 Local stations in both the Green Bay and Milwaukee television markets were quick to feature coverage of the national “Women’s March” that took place the day after Donald Trump’s inauguration, along with the “Day Without Women” protests that took place in March. What wasn’t featured in local news coverage: that one of the individuals […]

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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 11 Takes on Appleton Shooting

WLUK FOX 11 |  6-2-2017 The recent shooting at an Appleton bar in which a patron was accidentally shot by an Appleton Police Officer continues to produce news stories by various media outlets. June 2, 2017, the Outagamie County District Attorney announced that no charges would be filed against the officer – Lt. Jay Steinke, […]

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Fox 11 Embeds Bias

WLUK FOX 11  |  5-24-2017 On May 24, 2017, both on its website and during its nightly newscast, Green Bay’s Fox 11 (WLUK) featured coverage of the Federal Congressional Budget Office (CBO) review of the Republican-backed substitute for Obamacare. Needless to say, bias was abound. First, watch the newscast: Can you spot the bias? Here, […]

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Post-Crescent Uses Clickbait Headline

POST CRESCENT |  6-9-2017 “Similarities run through Neenah, Appleton shootings” It’s the headline of an Appleton Post-Crescent article last week. If you have any familiarity with either of the cases referenced in the story linked above, you might be wondering, what similarities? So are we at Wisconsin Media Check Foundation. Let’s take a look at […]

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FOX 6 Perpetuates Trump Family Smear Campaign

WITI FOX 6 |  5-30-2017 On May 30, 2017, Milwaukee’s FOX 6 (WITI) featured the following story prominently on its website: Wow . . . where do we begin. It is clear that the national media has become obsessed with reporting any possible “controversy” that may exist surrounding President Trump or his family, but this […]

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