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P.S. Mueller shows us how TV does it

 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

 Pro-lifers on the march

If Scott Walker's first few weeks in office show anything, it is that the days of congenial, Tommy Thompson, country-club Republicanism are over. Wisconsin is now on the leading edge of the right-wing revolution. >More
 I am not the enemy: A Wisconsin teacher considers Walker's budget

I am a second-year teacher. I work in a rural school district in Wisconsin. Many of my students come from poor families. Some of them live in the trailer park near our school or down the street in the subsidized apartments. A significant percentage get free or reduced lunch. This winter, we provided snow pants and coats to children whose families couldn't afford them. The people who live here are hard workers and proud. >More
 Protests won't stop Walker's assault on Wisconsin's public employee unions

My editor called me a short while ago to discuss how Isthmus can cover the coming days of protests over Gov. Scott Walker's effort to break the back of the state's public employee unions. Of course we have to do so, as these are major news events; but my feeling is that these rallies are a colossal waste of everybody's time, and exactly the reaction Gov. Walker hopes to inspire. >More
 Marty Beil's politics of division

As the nation endeavors to usher in an era featuring a "new tone" in politics, AFSCME's Marty Beil thinks the old tone suits him just fine, thank you. In December, outgoing Senate Majority Leader Russ Decker shocked his Democratic colleagues by voting against a last-minute attempt to ram through 19 public employee union contracts. Beil, the executive director of AFSCME Council 24, representing state workers, responded by calling Decker a "whore." >More
 Tim Cooley's exit reflects ongoing struggle over mayoral control

In government, bad news often comes on Friday afternoons, in hopes it will be lost in the weekend shuffle. So it was telling that as the long Martin Luther King Jr. weekend began on Jan. 14, Mayor Dave Cieslewicz's office released economic development director Tim Cooley's resignation letter -- a mere two weeks' notice. >More
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