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UNION: Where was reporting on Walker’s statements?

Letter by Justin Earick, Tacoma on Feb. 28, 2011 at 12:53 pm with 16 Comments »
February 28, 2011 12:53 pm

I am curious as to why there was only a vague blurb from McClatchy News about a very compelling story. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker said some extremely interesting and troubling things about his plan in Wisconsin and people deserve to be informed of what was said.

We can all agree that the procurement of these statements was unethical. An Internet reporter was able to get on the line with Walker by claiming to be billionaire Republican financier David Koch, and recorded the 20-minute conversation. Troubling indeed.

Easily as troubling were Walker’s comments on hiring and planting “thugs” to start trouble at pro-union protests and his various theories on general trickeration of the Democrats on numerous levels.

If Walker denied his statements to “Koch,” then possibly there would be questions of their merit. In fact, Walker has repeated some of his statements to the media and in cases stood behind them. The Madison, Wis., police chief thought enough of these events to call for an explanation from Walker.

I believe this is something the readers and citizens deserve to hear, and thus be able to form their own informed opinions. The context of Walkers’ comments are part of the story, and deserves to be reported as such.

Newsworthiness is not a question when 2,500 people rallied at the Capitol in Olympia on these issues Friday. Keeping the news from the public is simply not an option when these type of issues reveal themselves.

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  1. theogsters says:

    Your point is well made. Deception, as a part of day-to-day politics, peaked during the Bush administration. And the caller who deceived Gov. Walker into believing her was a wealthy conservative was simply fighting fire with fire. It’s a sad commentary on our culture but what are endangered progressives to do?

  2. No matter what Gov. Walker said, “he is correct in every sense.” The Unions
    have longed outlived their usefulness. “The Unions are bleeding many states
    dry.”

  3. Roncella says:

    Justin, You say ” we can all agree that the procurment of these statements was unethical “. Lets add dishonest, illegal, fraudulent, and who ever made this phony call should be prosecuted.

    I have heard the whole conversation a few times on different cable channels and Governor Walker said nothing that was illegal. It was alot of small talk with a supposed supporter and nothing more.

  4. JudasEscargot says:

    “Roncella says:
    February 28, 2011 at 3:08 pm
    Justin, You say ” we can all agree that the procurment of these statements was unethical “. Lets add dishonest, illegal, fraudulent, and who ever made this phony call should be prosecuted.

    I have heard the whole conversation a few times on different cable channels and Governor Walker said nothing that was illegal. It was alot of small talk with a supposed supporter and nothing more.

    It is so easy to become deaf, dumb and blind when your political party is caught with their hand in the cookie jar. If you listened to Walker, you should have heard him agree to a “flight to Cali”……a no-no for elected officials. Ask Randy “Duke” Cunningham….if he can take calls in his jail cell.

    As to the “phoney call being prosecuted”. No laws were broken and it was no more unethical than James O’Keefe.

  5. JudasEscargot says:

    “uscha says:
    February 28, 2011 at 2:53 pm
    No matter what Gov. Walker said, “he is correct in every sense.” The Unions
    have longed outlived their usefulness. “The Unions are bleeding many states
    dry.”

    say that three times, click your heals and you’ll be transported to Beckistan

  6. JudasEscargot says:

    “have heard the whole conversation a few times on different cable channels”

    There is a lie, right there. No cable TV show has donated 20 minutes to the entire tape.

  7. 60% of the business in WI already pay NO STATE taxes, got an additionla $140 million tax cut, and are set to have $1 BILLION in unpaid taxes forgiven by Walker, and the NeoCons still blame the state union workers.

  8. bobcat1a says:

    Ron, could you tell us what he should be prosecuted for?

  9. Let’s start with violating the WI State Law that requires the governor to negotiate in good faith with the state workers unions.

  10. The gist of the letter is that the whole story went largely unreported aside from a vague blurb. It doesn’t necessarily necessitate editorial, though welcomed, there have been a number of discussion regarding the issue as a whole in the past two weeks. Withholding information regarding a relevant news story from subscribers is simply not an acceptable position for a reputable news service to take.

  11. By the way, the rallies were Saturday and the Noble Wray is the Madison Police Chief, they changed some things.

  12. donjames says:

    “I am curious as to why there was only a vague blurb from McClatchy News about… Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker… ”

    Uhmm… perhaps because it is the biggest non-story since Y2K.

    Otherwise msnbc would have been all over it.

  13. “Withholding information regarding a relevant news story …”

    Hmmm, we’ve never seen THAT before… ;)

  14. Hey jelle, here’s an example of “withholding information regarding a relevent news story”…

    http://www.thenewstribune.com/2011/03/02/1566414/frankfurt-airport-shooting-involving.html

    He’s a muslim and was shouting “allahu akbar” during his little jihad.

  15. Nice Islamaphobic tangent there.

  16. Nope, I don’t have an irrational, intense, and/or fear of muslim terrorists or murderers… just adding what was omitted from the story. It is relevant and noteworthy…

    Seems like you deniers are the ones with the phobia…. think about it… a truthiphobia… jelle was actually on to something, just 180 degrees out of phase.

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