Liberal Professor Bans Fox News from Classroom Because It Makes Her 'Cringe'

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A professor at a public university in West Virginia has forbidden her students from using Fox News as a research source because it’s biased and icky. Seriously. She also said they couldn’t use The Onion (a parody site), but if they had to choose between the two, she’d take The Onion over Fox News.

WOTV, a local NBC affiliate, got the scoop that a syllabus for a political science course at West Liberty University informs students that the two sources are unacceptable. Let me repeat: A professor of a political science course has banned Fox News from the classroom.

According to Fox News (hehe!), the syllabus says:

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

MSNBC, Fox News’ liberal counterpart, is presumably a-ok, which is weird, because they’re the ones that are constantly caught selectively editing footage to promote false narratives and further their own agenda. But then again, I probably just heard that on Fox News, so what do I know? Oh wait -- I also heard it from The Atlantic, Real Clear Politics,, The Hollywood Reporter, the San Francisco Gate, Politico, The Washington Times, and I think I’ve made my point.

See what I did there? I didn’t discredit information from a news site because I don’t like their political bent. No one should mindlessly believe what one media source tells them anyway. Part of forming your own thoughts and opinions is gathering information from a variety of places and perspectives before deciding what to believe about something.

Stephanie Wolfe, the visiting assistant professor behind the ban, is completely missing the point of political science. In politics, there is a right and a left, and everyone has an opinion. Students should be encouraged to take them all in, especially those that may differ from their preconceived notions.

The university preside, Robin Capehart, agrees with Professor Wolfe’s critics.

“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 WTOV. “Any attempt to limit the breadth of a student’s ability to investigate is obviously something at which we have a concern.”

It’s unclear if any action has been taken to reprimand Ms. Wolfe, but it’s been reported that she is now allowing Fox News as a source. I imagine some cheeky students will use it exclusively. I would.

Do you think this professor was out of line for banning Fox News?

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fleur... fleurdelys3110

Ridiculous. I'm glad the media got a whiff of this and publicized it. If she wants to ban Fox, then she will have to ban msnbc too.

bella... bellacazzate

No. In fact, I can't imagine a course at a reputable university encouraging anything from FOX, MSNBC, CNN, any national news network and its affiliates etc. The "news" is mere reporting of drivel that will hold the attention of an aging audience that's been gathered and tweaked from elsewhere. All of these networks are guilty of being sources of entertainment rather than news.

Students should be citing from an original source and forming arguments based on an analytical and evaluative study of numerous journals and books. Any paper or thesis should have been crafted using their own minds to form an argument (not an opinion) based on their research and findings. That she has to tell her students that [any TV source here] is an unacceptable source is worrisome because it proves how eroded the education systems at many high schools and universities are. It's like citing Wikipedia. Unacceptable. 

If a student wants a more conservative source they may use WSJ. That is considered both credible and acceptable. 

Dana E Armstrong

Ohhhh....poor Jenny, did someone insult your favorite "news" site? Faux News is a joke, it's a known joke.

Dana E Armstrong

"It’s unclear if any action has been taken to reprimand Ms. Wolfe, but it’s been reported that she is now allowing Fox News as a source. I imagine some cheeky students will use it exclusively. I would."

Who are you kidding, you already do, when you arn't rehashing a Jen Rubin blog from the post.  Face it Jenny, original thinking is not your strong suit, stick with the continuing re- vomiting of Faux, Rush, Coulter and your true love, Hannity.

Pinkmani Pinkmani

Oh, so you mean Fox News isn't a parody news program?

nonmember avatar Debbie

The prof is correct. Fox News is NOT credible, and have fabricated or bent facts to suit their needs many times. It is the only national network news show that can claim this dubious distinction. Any one getting their news fromFox should watch a different news program.

MaryC... MaryCimino

She might be on to something...

lasombrs lasombrs

While I agree they are not a credible news source there are many others that are biased as well. Just depends which side you are on lol

Caitlin Sailors

Do you have an opinion on anything other than politics? I've said it once, maybe you didnt get to read it. GET A LIFE!

Furry... Furrycreature

Typical liberal cant accept any way of thinking other than thier own. I went round and round with several professors in college so it doesn't surprise me. Fox News is legit as any other news outlet. Get over yourselves if you think they all don't lean one way or the other.

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