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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 | 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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