Professor Bans Fox News (Photo) Stephanie Wolfe Says The Onion is More Reliable
Professor bans Fox News as a credible source for assignments - Professor Stephanie Wolfe of West Liberty college in West Virginia has told her students they can no longer use Fox News as a credible source for her classroom, even placing the news channel below the satirical website 'The Onion.'
A syllabus obtained by Fox News noted that the professor handed out a sheet that stated two sources to not use and though one of those was 'The Onion,' the professor would rather a student use satire than any report from Fox News.
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.
Fox's tagline is actually "Fair and Balanced" and that is likely what made the liberal professor cringe.
She added that she hates the news station so much, she would rather have parody from the Onion used as a source.
"I would almost rather you print off an article from the Onion," the syllabus also stated.
The teacher said she would prefer articles from The Huffington Post, BBC or CNN be used for sources on her assignments.
Is that narrow minded and wrong?
University President Robin Capehart thinks so and said in an interview that the ban on Fox News was inappropriate saying that the university wants students to "conduct research and come to their own conclusions and be challenged."
He said that banning Fox News as a news source "dampened inquiry," and he said he would have felt the same way about telling students not to use MSNBC, according to Inside Higher Ed.
"Isn't the idea that you use what sources you can and then you have to defend the facts?" he said. "To me that's what college is all about -- being able to conduct your research and conduct your own conclusions, and the professor needs to be able to challenge it."
The professor has now changed her rule, according to Capehart.
According to West Liberty University, Wolfe most recently taught courses in holocaust and genocide studies at Keene State College in New Hampshire. She earned her undergraduate degree at the University of Oklahoma and her Ph.D from the University of Kent’s Brussels School of International Studies in Belgium, reports Yahoo News.
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