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Old 02-15-2013, 09:57 PM  
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Professor Bans Students From Using Fox News As A Source

February 15, 2013
Professor Bans Students From Using Fox News As A Source
While it’s not shocking that a journalism professor would ban students from citing news sources that are not credible, it is eyebrow-raising that one of those sources would be Fox News. In a copy of a syllabus obtained by Fox,Stephanie Wolfe, a visiting professor of journalism at West Liberty University in West Virginia, banned her students from citing Fox because she finds it cringe-worthy.

In the syllabus, the Wolfe banned The Onion and Fox News. “Please do not subject me to this biased news station,” Wolfe wrote. “I would almost rather you print off an article from The Onion.”




The university’s president, Robin Capehart, did not appear to agree with Wolfe’s decision when asked for comment.
“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,” Capehart told a local West Virginia news outlet. “Any attempt to limit the breadth of a student’s ability to investigate is obviously something at which we have a concern.”

http://refreshingnews99.blogspot.in/...using-fox.html

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Old 02-15-2013, 10:57 PM   #16
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Don't justify this crap.

I hate Fox News. I think it's biased journalism. But don't try to treat this as anything more than a douche bag Professor trying to inject politics onto a classroom. If she had such a problem with Fox News, she would specifically call out MSNBC and Huffington Post here.

A classroom should be an unbiased place. The fact that grades are going to be determined more than likely based on agreement with her political position, is ****ed up.
Well, of course that's what it is. Look at the wording in the syllabus. "Please do not subject me to this..." as if her delicate sensibilities are more important than the student's work. I'm just using the situation to pile on the Faux Noise channel.
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Old 02-15-2013, 11:00 PM   #17
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Two minutes looking at the course schedule of West Liberty University shows it is a political science course.
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Old 02-15-2013, 11:02 PM   #18
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Two minutes looking at the course schedule of West Liberty University shows it is a political science course.
Hey did you see this yet?

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Well, let's see. FOX says it was poli-sci. Every other source I've seen so far says it was journalism. Let me dig around...oh...I found this:

Fox News Has a First Amendment Right to Lie – Updated

by Metavirus on 28 June 2009
http://www.librarygrape.com/2009/06/...l#.UR8Ye2et4SE

I found out that a 2003 Florida appeals court case decided that Fox News has a First Amendment right to lie:

A Florida Appeals court ruled there is absolutely nothing illegal about lying, concealing or distorting information by a major press organization. The court reversed the $425,000 jury verdict in favor of journalist Jane Akre who charged she was pressured by Fox Television management and lawyers to air what she knew and documented to be false information. The ruling basically declares it is technically not against any law, rule, or regulation to deliberately lie or distort the news on a television broadcast.

It’s not like i disagree with the fundamental premise involved here. Fox Noise probably does have a First Amendment right to lie to its viewers. As a lawyer, it’s just interesting to imagine the oral arguments in the case. Here’s how my imagination frames it:

Judge: So, does Fox News lie in its coverage of the news?

Fox News Lawyer: Well, of course, your honor, have you watched our network!? But seriously, it’s not as if there’s anything legally wrong with that!

Man Droppings has some good thoughts on this:

[T]his cuts to the chase on the old, tired argument I get when I try to trash Faux News to true believers: ‘Oh, but all the news lies, it’s just a matter of their view.’

Yes, it is true, in the simplest sense of true, that all news is by definition biased. There can be no truly objective news, because it is presented by humans, who have biases. However, this court ruling shows that Fox News, and Fox News alone, as far as I know, deliberately sets out to distort the truth as a matter of course.

And the fact that so many people not only buy into these lies, but actually seek out these lies because they are simple, and straightforward, and don’t challenge the consumer to think for himself–this is what spells our doom as a species. We prefer comfort, we prefer simplicity, and we shy away from challenges. We are soft, in body and in mind, and in my more pessimistic moods, I see Fox News as a stalking horse for a future in which we are ever dumber, and ever more controlled.

That may sound a bit apocalyptic, but you have to admit, we are getting dumber. And it is also demonstrable that dumb people are easier to control than smart people, those who ask questions. So does it make sense, therefore, that those who seek to control might wish to deliberately seek out ways to make and keep people dumber?

Or maybe that’s just dumb…
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Old 02-16-2013, 01:45 AM   #19
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Old 02-16-2013, 02:06 AM   #20
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But she's ok with NBC, CBS, ABC, CNN, and the BBC? Lol!
Pure quality there man! pick one side of the false left/right paradigm and believe every word of it.
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Old 02-16-2013, 07:21 AM   #21
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But she's ok with NBC, CBS, ABC, CNN, and the BBC? Lol!
If this group ever turned on The Blameless One, I don't think he could handle the pressure. Thank goodness there is at least 1 major outlet that tries to hold the Democrats accountable
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Old 02-16-2013, 07:43 AM   #22
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Old 02-16-2013, 08:06 AM   #23
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Hey did you see this yet?
if the other networks can do it, I guess Fox can as well
kidding aside...the fact they all choose to mispresent, lie or twist the truth is concerning
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Old 02-16-2013, 08:16 AM   #24
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Old 02-16-2013, 08:22 AM   #25
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Her class, her rules.
Not according to the school president, and I find it funny she had to list the Onion. I would assume anyone taking that class would be fully aware of the Onion.
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Old 02-16-2013, 09:27 AM   #26
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Have no problem with her setting citation standards.

Big problem setting them based on her personal political views.

It's not that Fox News should or shouldn't be an attributable source. Its that she's signalling to her students that she has a bias that will likely influencing her grading standards.
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Old 02-16-2013, 09:53 AM   #27
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Not according to the school president, and I find it funny she had to list the Onion. I would assume anyone taking that class would be fully aware of the Onion.
You never know. People have religiously followed a book of fiction for thousands of years, so sometimes it's best to explicitly state what is valid and what is not.
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Old 02-16-2013, 01:06 PM   #28
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Dont have a problem with it as long as he banned msnbc
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Old 02-16-2013, 01:08 PM   #29
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I do truly believe that the MSNBC bias is largely contained to their opinion shows whereas the FoxNews bias is shown in their actual news reporting. I watch little of either.
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I do truly believe that the MSNBC bias is largely contained to their opinion shows whereas the FoxNews bias is shown in their actual news reporting. I watch little of either.
I doubt that. If you're biased (which they clearly both are) you'll fund a way to project that, even if it's in a subtle fashion. If it's not as obvious as FOX news it's still being done with the way they choose stories, the way they introduce them, or write a headline for it, and the type of language they use.
I don't watch either, but if you're biased you're biased. You may have a more sophisticated and eloquent way of going about it, but it's the same thing. The bottom line is you have an agenda.
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