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Professor Gets Criticism for Banning Fox News as Research Source for Students

One professor in West Virginia is receiving criticism after she banned Fox News as a research source for students in a college syllabus.

Her syllabus, for a political science course in West Liberty University, stated that websites like Fox News and The Onion cannot be cited as sources.

Stephanie Wolfe is a visiting assistant professor, and wrote in the syllabus that Fox News makes her “cringe.”

According to the guideline, students must 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”

Many complaints have been made by parents and students as some feel she is leaning toward one political party, as Fox News is considered to be conservative.

President of West Liberty University, Robin Capehart, said:

“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. If students have concerns about these types of issues, they can approach their department chair, they can approach the dean.”

Those upset about the syllabus have been seen on local news stations voicing their opinion. Parents say it is unfair to encourage students to avoid certain sources leaning in one political direction.

Wolfe is apparently only with the school for one year and is replacing another instructor who took a leave of absence.

She has since revised the syllabus and removed the bans on research sources.



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