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University of Georgia Prof Bans Students From Using FOX News as a Source

University of Georgia Prof Bans Students From Using FOX News as a Source

“This has absolutely nothing to do with ‘conservative media outlets’, and I am at a complete loss as to why you are jumping to that conclusion”

The professor doesn’t seem to have a problem with sources like CNN or MSNBC. This is a window into the minds of many people on the left. They don’t even see their own biases.

The YAF blog reports:

UGeorgia Science Prof Bans Students From Using Fox News As Source

An ecology professor at the University of Georgia banned his students from using Fox News as a source, according to a screenshot obtained exclusively through Young America’s Foundation’s Campus Bias Tip Line.

Scott Connelly informed his introductory ecology class that they were only to use “reliable news sources” for an upcoming assignment, citing CNN and the New York Times as examples.

“Please do not draw from questionable sources such as National Inquirer, Fox News, OAN, blogs, etc,” Connelly wrote.

The assignment asked students to find a news story related to technological developments in sustainable energy.

When contacted for comment by YAF over email, Connelly doubled down after being questioned over his ideological bias playing a role in the assignment.

“This has absolutely nothing to do with ‘conservative media outlets’, and I am at a complete loss as to why you are jumping to that conclusion,” Connelly wrote in an email. “This has to do with scientifically accurate news pieces that focus on the topic we are studying… it will be much easier to complete the assignment in a reasonable amount of time if students start with the reliable news organizations that I suggested, which have run countless articles that are scientifically factually correct and also address the topic we are studying.”


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I am reminded of an online discussion years ago about Iraq. A lefty commenter wanted proof that ANY Americans wanted the US to be defeated in Iraq. Proof provided: a Fox poll where 20% of Democrats considered US defeat in Iraq to be a good thing. Lefty commenter replied that as the source was Fox, the poll wasn’t credible.

Reply gave a number of examples where Fox polling data closely tracked polling data of other organizations. Lefty commenter replied by saying that the 80-20 split proved her case. No, it didn’t. Lefty commenter had moved the goalposts, because her original request was proof that ANY Americans wanted defeat in Iraq.

During election night Fox prematurely called Arizona a Biden victory, and also incorrectly called Democrat gains in the House. I doubt that the good professor would consider THAT an indication of why Fox is a biased news source.

George_Kaplan | March 19, 2021 at 7:29 pm

So which conservative news sources would this professor accept? And would quoting HuffPo be acceptable?

Meh the guy is on an ideological jihad so the questions are probably moot anyway.

Old Navy Doc | March 20, 2021 at 9:19 am

This is a concrete example of Judge Silberman’s concern about the American press under one-party control.
Much like the population of USSR and North Korea only having knowledge the tyrants want them to know and eliminating all dissenting views.

All we want is for our kids to follow the science. And the news outlets that agree with my own politics define good science.

Absolutely the first step for every professor of any ideological viewpoint should be to ban the use of Wikipedia. Not only is it unreliable, biased and inaccurate, it is anonymous and unprofessional. Fox, CNN and MSNBC stand behind what they say or write. If you read Wikipedia’s fine print, they don’t even do that.