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Scot(t) Free, As Usual

I've mostly retired from the Cheddarsphere, but here's a post from a friend:

From watching media reports, you’d think that Gov. Scott Walker has nothing to do with the stinking financial debacle called the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. (WEDC).

Well think again.

In a controversial move just two years ago, Walker himself initiated WEDC creation, pushing out career employees of the Wisconsin Department of Commerce. He put in charge a Republic politician, former Green Bay Mayor Paul Jadin. And, the WEDC board chairman? Gov. Walker himself.

All I know is what I read in the papers ...

It turns out there's a term for the kind of "he said/she said" reporting I've long complained about, which treats arguments on both sides of an issue the same and leaves it up to the readers to try to figure out what the truth is.

It's called "false equivalency," and is the topic of a column today by New York Times Public Editor Margaret Sullivan.

A telling example from her column:

All I know is what I read in the papers

And what I know from the national news media, including a front page New York Times story on Wednesday, is that Paul Ryan is practically joined at the hip with Todd Akin when it comes to extreme positions on abortion.  Ryan is prominently mentioned throughout the article, and in other national coverage.

In the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel?  Nada.

The Paul Ryan Watch has the story.

Quote, unquote

"Apparently this partisan hack has pulled his head out of his ass once again to say something stupid. The next time little boy Weishan says something intelligent or accurate will be the first.  This is the same idiot who recently diminished the danger of law enforcement work several weeks before one of my officers lost his life in the line of duty.  He would do Milwaukee County good by crawling back into his hole.” -- Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke, after Supervisor John Weishan questioned Clarke providing more security for a Romney-Ryan rally than he did for President Obama.

For most politicians, this would be a career-ender.  For Clarke, it's just another in a series of outrages.   Why is that?

Tammy Baldwin pulls ahead in Senate poll

Regular readers know Rasmussen is not my favorite pollster, not by a long shot.  It's a Republican firm with results that often lean to the right,  That said, this is interesting:

With Republicans engaged in a bitter primary fight, Democratic Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin has a lead over all her potential GOP rivals in Wisconsin’s U.S. Senate race.

Quote, unquote

“We are holding an Olympic Games in one of the busiest, most active, bustling cities anywhere in the world. Of course it’s easier if you hold an Olympic Games in the middle of nowhere.” -- British Prime Minister David Cameron, on Mitt Romney (and Salt Lake City.)


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