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Professor Forbids Students to Cite Fox News

A West Virginia college professor gave her students a list of “acceptable” and “non-acceptable” news sources from which her students could draw references for a class assignment. She listed The Huffington Post–a popular left-leaning website– as acceptable. However, Fox News was one of two sources she forbade students to cite for in their work.

Students in a political science class at West Liberty University were given an assignment recently to keep a “politics journal” in which they would record their reactions to various articles they had selected.

The instructor at the West Virginia public institution included some possible news sources, such as The Economist, BBC, CNN and The Huffington Post. But the instructor also specified that two sources could not be used. One was The Onion, which the assignment notes “is not news” and “is literally a parody.”

The other barred source is the one that got the instructor — Stephanie Wolfe — scrutiny this week. She banned articles from Fox News, writing: “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.

The professor landed in hot water when parents called the university to complain about the professor’s blatant bias, and was forced to retract the politically motivated ban.

Read the full story at Inside Higher Ed.

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