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Stephanie Wolfe, a political science professor at West Liberty University in West Virginia, banned Fox News as a source for students' research papers. The professor said the news network "makes her cringe."
Wolfe's syllabus said:
DO NOT use
1) The Onion — this is not news this is literally a parody
2) Fox News — The tagline “Fox News” makes me cringe. Please do not subject me to this biased news station. I would almost rather you print off an article from the Onion

Robin Capehart, president of West Virginia, responded to complaints with the following: "One of our values at West Liberty is to encourage students to go out and inquire and gather information and look at as many different sources as possible on any side, before you reach your opinion... Any attempt to limit the breadth of a student's ability to investigate is obviously something at which we have a concern."

Should professors restrict certain sources from research? Does Fox News qualify as untruthful more than other sources? Or does the professor have a leftist political bias that she wants to arbitrarily impose on her students?

NEWSMAX.COM reports:
Students at a West Virginia university were banned from citing Fox News as a source in their research papers by a political science professor who said the network makes her cringe.

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  • KoAm 2013/02/18 06:22:04 (edited)
    Good Grief!
    KoAm
    +78
    Liberal "tolerance" strikes again.

    So, if two different people give the exact same opinion on an issue during separate TV interviews, one on Fox and one on CNN, that means that the students can only cite the CNN interview? Even though the same opinion is being expressed?

    Yeah, that makes a lot of sense.

    What about when a liberal is being interviewed on Fox and gives a liberal opinion about something? Something tells me that the professor wouldn't see that as "biased."

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  • Transquesta 2013/12/28 08:02:14
    Good Grief!
    Transquesta
    Why doesn't she just read Marx to all her students and ask them to give an unbiased account of why he's always right about everything?

    Note to self: sign up for this nitwit's class and cite Alex Jones, the Drudge Report and WND in the bibliography.
  • P. Sturm 2013/12/27 10:56:16
    Good Policy
    P. Sturm
    Fox "News" constitutes false advertising.
  • i don't care 2013/10/13 08:57:28
    Good Grief!
    i don't care
  • Abort A Liberal, Save A Life. 2013/07/09 05:29:13
    Good Grief!
    Abort A Liberal, Save A Life.
    Did he really call them biased and in the same sentence completely shut out the other guy's opinion? Oh, the irony!!!
  • DanKOzz 2013/06/29 19:29:06
    Good Policy
    DanKOzz
    Rightfully so... FOX news, CNN and MSNBC to name a few, is what I would refer to as 90% irresponsible journalism. So much of what these media outlets report are crap. Most mainstream media in the US is just plain bad.
  • Devil's Advocate 2013/05/16 17:46:29
  • ProudProgressive 2013/05/16 17:29:36
    Good Policy
    ProudProgressive
    +1
    Fox is not a news source. What was originally envisioned as "GOPTV" is nothing more than a propaganda outlet for extremist conservative oligarchs hell bent on spreading racism, encouraging violence, and undermining the government of the United States of America. If any student is naive enough to consider Fox a reliable source for anything, they should not be in college.

    They would do better to cite the Onion. At least the Onion's stories include SOME actual facts.
  • bags the Indigenous Guru 2013/05/07 13:23:22
    Good Policy
    bags the Indigenous Guru
    +1
    Even since Fox went to court and got the finding that they didn't have to tell the unvarnished truth, but could, in effect LIE = I feel much like the Professor, and I wouldn't accept it as a valid source (unless it were a thesis on the history of far right wing politics and the media and would be used as an example).
  • DavidK bags th... 2013/05/16 12:28:03
    DavidK
    Obviously you don't watch Fox news to make a valid claim. Nobody else is covering the IMPORTANT events like FOX. Sorry you choose to not be up to date on all that important events that are happening in todays world.
  • bags th... DavidK 2013/05/16 12:59:32
    bags the Indigenous Guru
    Sorry, the FOX broadcasting network doesn't extend to my home. No signal. I get three channels and none of them are FOX. And, why would I watch someone who is covering news that nobidy else is when they're the ones that went to court to win the right to lie? To me (and millions of others) that makes those stories instantly suspect. I keep up. If you're into world news, check out Newstran.com. They translate newspapers world wide into English. Excellent resource.

    Never be convinced by the 'obvious'. Ever seen someone do card manipulations or the old shell game?
  • DavidK bags th... 2013/05/18 16:43:29
    DavidK
    Newstran covers 1/50th of what Fox does. No wonder you have no clue as to what is happening.
  • Michael Newhouse 2013/04/27 07:34:04
    Good Grief!
    Michael Newhouse
    Let's not have a discussion lets have a lecture on my ideology, here is my propaganda err facts.
  • Michael 2013/03/10 22:27:45
    Good Policy
    Michael
    +2
    Fox is blatantly biased. This professor probably wants to teach her students to think critically and to think for themselves.
  • DavidK Michael 2013/05/16 12:31:40
    DavidK
    Obviously it hasn't worked too well with liberals seeing as no other station covers the current events like FOX. MSNBC is the worst source for coverage. Little if any topics are covered like Bengazzi, Fast & Ferious, the IRS scandal etc. Just curious, how to you feel not being informed with todays current events? Where do you get your news from?
  • bags th... DavidK 2013/05/16 13:00:23
    bags the Indigenous Guru
    +1
    Fast and Ferious!!!??? Quick and iron containing? LOL

    Sorry...just struck me as funny.
  • Ripley 2013/03/06 20:13:18
    Good Grief!
    Ripley
    Not a good professor in my opinion. Professors should be teaching students to explore the differing opinions in our society and decide for themselves what they think.
  • ryan.soup.3110 2013/03/05 09:04:31
    Good Grief!
    ryan.soup.3110
    +4
    So they can use MSNBC, but not Fox News. Someone's not very fair and balanced.
  • bags th... ryan.so... 2013/05/07 13:24:45
    bags the Indigenous Guru
    +1
    MSNBC never went to court to secure the right to our and out prevaricate!
  • ProudPr... ryan.so... 2013/05/16 17:31:02
    ProudProgressive
    +1
    Yeah, that would be Fox. Not the least bit fair and as unbalanced as it gets.
  • Tylurr 2013/03/05 05:20:14
    Good Policy
    Tylurr
    +3
    Unless you're doing an article on yellow journalism, Faux News is the WORST source you could ever use.
    article yellow journalism faux news source

    Here's an actual article.

    article yellow journalism faux news source actual article

    And here's the Fox interpretation of it.

    But that's fine, right? Twisting the words around to make it look like a bigger issue than it is?

    Kind of like how when you point out things said by someone related to a high profile candidate;

    fox interpretation fine twisting bigger issue related high profile candidate

    That's attacking them, because it reflects poorly on their character

    twisting bigger issue related high profile candidate attacking reflects character

    If you still believe every word that Fox spews out, you have no business discussing politics. Plain and simple. The very few facts that are thrown in are covered by embellishment and lies to garner ratings and support.

    I had to lol at "I would almost rather you print off an article from the Onion". That's just priceless. But seriously? Get off your lazy arse and read some textbooks, look up court cases, watch a direct feed of the bumbling idiots in the House trying to figure everything out (C-SPAN isn't hard to watch, folks.)

    You people reflect negatively on humanity.
  • Buzz Tylurr 2013/03/14 19:15:54
    Buzz
    Can you name one news story that has aired on Fox News that wasn't true? Benghazi?
  • Tylurr Buzz 2013/03/15 06:14:21
    Tylurr
    +3
    http://www.politifact.com/tru...

    Fox's little hound-dog, Gleck, busted his chops here. They made no effort to correct it.

    Almost all of their stories, while they happened, are cast under a light that twists who the hero and villain is. They get away with it by writing it off as speculation, but it's very rare that any of their speculation is addressed as such.
  • Tylurr Tylurr 2013/03/15 06:15:03
    Tylurr
    +2
    The ones that aren't real stories cast into an improper light? Those are typically BS, just as this one was.
  • DavidK Buzz 2013/05/16 12:41:20
    DavidK
    +1
    Obviously Tylurr is a total idiot to make such comments. Curious to know where these libtards get their news from.
  • P. Sturm DavidK 2013/12/27 11:02:09
    P. Sturm
    Wow. Good intellectual arguing on your part. You only used three unfounded slurs in that post.
  • P. Sturm Buzz 2013/12/27 10:59:36
    P. Sturm
    That's a good example.
  • Phil 2013/03/04 11:35:01
    Good Grief!
    Phil
    One is just as bad as the other. If you ban one, you should ban the rest. That just shows she is as equally biased, if not more than Fox. Not only that, but she also shows she is a hypocrite for wanting to ban "a biased news station," for showing bias. :/
  • Lucy Krueger 2013/02/27 00:17:00
    Good Policy
    Lucy Krueger
    +4
    Since when Is Fox News actual news?
  • jeane Lucy Kr... 2013/03/01 02:04:51
  • Lucy Kr... jeane 2013/03/01 02:10:48
    Lucy Krueger
    +4
    Yes, the media does love Obama a little too much because he's really black and Liberal.That does not make Fox News credible.They still suck.
  • Tylurr Lucy Kr... 2013/03/05 05:23:43
    Tylurr
    +2
    Screencapping this quote. I've yet to see someone say it better.
  • DavidK Lucy Kr... 2013/05/16 12:55:36
    DavidK
    the first time you watch it! You will never know........
  • nicesteve 2013/02/26 06:39:00 (edited)
    Good Grief!
    nicesteve
    Unless FOX intentionally and overtly presented any articles that were
    disparaging towards WLU, then they should be permitted as a source
    for the student body, their public media, and student project research.
  • twocrows 2013/02/25 22:38:15
    Good Policy
    twocrows
    +2
    she wants the assignments by her students to be tinged with facts.
  • jeane twocrows 2013/03/01 02:04:12
    jeane
    +1
    Liberal facts LIBERAL FACTS
  • Mel the Witch POTL PWCM~JLA 2013/02/25 22:14:44
    Good Grief!
    Mel the Witch POTL PWCM~JLA
    +2
    Sounds like the schools in 1938....in a little place called Germany
  • LORROL 2013/02/25 22:06:38
    Good Policy
    LORROL
    +2
    He must be trying to inforce good journalism standards like validating your source which often ignored on FOX.
  • jeane LORROL 2013/03/01 02:02:52
    jeane
    Just plain old censorship.
  • LORROL jeane 2013/03/03 14:27:02
    LORROL
    +2
    yes, we should allow journalist to report every baseless stupid rumor they dream up. Oh we do and call it FOX.
  • jeane LORROL 2013/03/04 14:12:27
    jeane
    +1
    You have no choice but to try to destroy Fox News - I understand. If I were Owebama and Co. I wouldn't want them around telling people the truth either.
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