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Thursday, December 25, 2014 |  Madison, WI: 34.0° F  Overcast
The Daily

OPINION

Scott Walker's War

For me and other journalists, the past two weeks have been riveting. I've interviewed dozens of protesters at the state Capitol, from schoolteachers to prison guards. I was there in the Senate chamber when it became clear that its 14 Democrats had left the state to prevent a vote on Gov. Scott Walker's "budget repair bill." >More
 Unions brought this on themselves

What a historic two weeks! Newspaper headlines and TV footage ricochet between the clever picket signs and chants of the Great Siege of the Wisconsin State Capitol and scenes of smoke and sirens in the latest Middle East hotspot. >More
 P.S. Mueller: Line 1 is for you, Gov. Walker

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 P.S. Mueller: The value of union workers

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 P.S. Mueller: Go Pack!

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 P.S. Mueller shows us how TV does it

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 With Capitol demonstrations, Wisconsin State Journal takes sides, belittles state workers

As a longtime reader and as a person who cares about the quality of journalism and the fairness of commentary, I am deeply affronted by what I've seen in the paper's pages this week. Worst of all is Sunday's edition, which seems determined to obfuscate if not distort facts while going the extra mile to heap derision on the hundreds of thousands of teachers, nurses, social workers, prison guards, streets workers, police officers and fire fighters who have taken to the streets this week in protest of Gov. Scott Walker's assault against public employee unions in Wisconsin. >More
 Uprising at the Wisconsin Capitol, week one: A report card

You can tell how potent Madison's pro-public-employee demonstrations have been by how badly they've been misrepresented among conservative commentators. On Fox News, Sean Hannity portrayed the overwhelmingly peaceful and reasonable protesters at the Wisconsin Capitol as spewing "violent rhetoric" so violent, in fact, that "we cannot show you on the air." (But, really, just take our word for it, they're absolutely vile.) >More
 Tea Party uses distortions at Wisconsin Capitol rally

There were thousands of signs at Saturday's massive demonstrations around the Capitol, either supporting or criticizing Gov. Scott Walker's attempt to weaken the state's public employee unions. But my favorite sign contained a rare nonpartisan message: "Let's Be Reasonable. Hyperbole Hurts Everybody's Cause." >More
 P.S. Mueller is in an ugly mood

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