-By Warner Todd Huston
Students at West Liberty University in West Virginia are decrying a political science syllabus limiting their options for research source material. The students feel that the exclusion of Fox News as a legitimate source is merely an example of anti-conservative bias.
Professor Stephanie Wolfe criticized Fox News right in her syllabus and told students they weren’t allowed to use Fox News as source material. It is reported that in the class guide, Wolfe told students, “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,” Wolfe wrote.
On the other hand, Wolfe told students that the Huffington Post, the BBC, and The New York Times were perfectly acceptable sources.
Parents and students have contacted local media to express their concern over the blatant bias exhibited by their professor.
Robin Capehart, president of West Liberty University, released a statement: “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 did say he was “concerned” over the professor’s actions, though, and noted that Professor Wolfe is a “temporary” teacher who is only filling in for another.
In her own defense, Wolfe claimed that she never told students they weren’t allowed to use Fox News as a source.
“The only end of writing is to enable the reader better to enjoy life, or better to endure it.”
Warner Todd Huston is a Chicago based freelance writer. He has been writing opinion editorials and social criticism since early 2001 and before that he wrote articles on U.S. history for several small American magazines. His political columns are featured on many websites such as Andrew Breitbart’s BigGovernment.com, BigHollywood.com, and BigJournalism.com, as well as RightWingNews.com, RightPundits.com, CanadaFreePress.com, StoptheACLU.com, AmericanDaily.com, among many, many others. Mr. Huston is also endlessly amused that one of his articles formed the basis of an article in Germany’s Der Spiegel Magazine in 2008.
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