Prof. bans Fox News as academic source for assignment

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A professor at West Liberty University in West Virginia is coming under fire after making some interesting rules about what can and cannot be used as an academic reference in her course. Stephanie Wolfe listed two sources students in her class are not allowed to use for information, The Onion, and Fox News.

The Onion, for those who somehow don't know, is a news parody website. It consists of fake headlines, and fake stories, meant to poke fun at news and current events. Fox News is a whole other story. While the cable news channel has been cited by critics as a biased organization, leaning favorably toward conservative political positions, they're still a legitimate news source.

Wolfe doesn't quite see it that way, according to, in the best sort of irony, Fox News. In the assignment's instructions, the professor states, with improper grammar, "The tagline 'Fox News' makes me cringe. Please do not subject me to this biased news station. I would almost you rather print off an article from the Onion."

Some students, and their parents, aren't too happy about the slight, and they're speaking to the media about it. According to WTOV, parents claim that forcing students to use a source that leans in one direction, while shutting out a source that leans another way, is unfair.

Robin Capehart, president of the school, says the students with concerns should approach their department chair, or the dean, to express them. "Any attempt to limit the breadth of a student's ability to investigate is obviously something at which we have a concern," he says.

While Wolfe has since lifted the restriction, the school says, she shouldn't be expecting an open invitation to stick around. It seems she's only there for the year, taking the place of another instructor on leave.
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