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College Professor Stephanie Wolfe Bans Fox News as 'Source' in Her Syllabus

Stephanie Wolfe, a visiting professor of journalism at West Liberty University in West Virginia, recently banned her students from citing Fox News because: "The tagline 'Fox News' makes me cringe."

According to, which calls Wolfe a "Lib West Virginia professor," Wolfe banned the satirical website/publication 'The Onion' and Fox News in her syllabus:

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

However, West Liberty University President Robin Capehar disagreed with Wolfe's position.

“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,” West Liberty University President Robin Capehar told WTOV-TV. “Any attempt to limit the breadth of a student’s ability to investigate is obviously something at which we have a concern.”

Since launching in 1996, Fox News has never won a major journalism award. The media watchdog website has documented Fox News cropping quotes from President Obama, Vice President Biden and numerous Democrats so that they appear out of context, using image-manipulation to intentionally alter the appearance of reporters from The New York Times and using footage from other events during reports, without informing viewers.



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