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Fox News Exposed by Bennington, VT High Schoolers

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Fox News Exposed by Bennington, VT High Schoolers
This was in response to the Watters/Fox News assertion that Vermont is the most liberal in the nation. The 8-minutes Youtube video, "Vermont High Schoolers Just Destroy Fox News About the Ethics of Journalism," is the student presentation (I think in its entirety), and it has so far received over 500,000 views.

From the Washington Post online article (50% rule followed):

Watch these Vermont high schoolers rip Fox News on journalism ethics
By Erik Wemple January 27

[Students] at Mount Anthony Union High School use[d] the Society of Professional Journalists Code of Ethics as a roadmap for hammering Fox News. On each front, the students found shortcomings.

Reporting: “To underscore your assertion that Vermont is made up of nothing more than mindless liberals, you visited one and only one town in southern Vermont — our town of Bennington,” said one student.

Sources: “In your final edit, you featured just six interviewed sources, all aged 17 through 24,” said another student. “Question: Have you ever heard of the phrase ‘accurate demographic representation?’”

Stereotyping: Watters said this about Vermont in a chat with O’Reilly — “You have gay marriage, there’s your high taxes, everything, ski bums.” Rejoined a student: “Ski bums? You apply a 1970s idiom to contemporary Vermont. Talk about being behind the times.”

The conclusion of the collective effort: “The facts have been so distorted by O’Reilly and Watters that the real truth is totally unrecognizable.”