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Re: WSJ's misleading headlines...

Postby Detritus » Fri Dec 16, 2011 10:30 pm

More false equivalence from the State Journal: Both sides of recall fight see big jump in out-of-state campaign donations. The money quote (literally):

Documents made available by the state on Friday showed that nearly 60 percent of the donations and almost 30 percent of the $1.18 million raised by the Democratic Party of Wisconsin since July came from outside the state.

That news comes a day after Gov. Scott Walker submitted documents revealing nearly half of the $5.1 million he raised — the most by one candidate in one filing period in state history — came from beyond state borders.

So, pro-recall forces have received roughly $300,000 from outside the state, whereas Walker has received about $2.5 million. Or, another way of looking at it, Walker has received more money from outside the state than pro-recall forces have received in total.
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Re: WSJ's misleading headlines...

Postby bdog » Fri Dec 16, 2011 10:58 pm

It's still a big jump for the Democrats though isn't it?

False equivalence my ass.

This is a big one for the entire country folks.
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Re: WSJ's misleading headlines...

Postby Detritus » Fri Dec 16, 2011 11:12 pm

bdog wrote:It's still a big jump for the Democrats though isn't it?

False equivalence my ass.

This is a big one for the entire country folks.

I'm not sure why your ass enters into it, but if you want that, hey, whatever floats your boat.

In truth, we don't know if it's a "big jump" or not, since the article doesn't give any real numbers ("about a third" is not a real number), nor does it give any historical numbers. All we have is the relative sizes for this particular event.
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Re: WSJ's misleading headlines...

Postby jonnygothispen » Fri Dec 23, 2011 1:33 pm

... The false assertion that Hitler/Mickey Mouse signatures will be accepted on recall petitions as top of the front page, headline news a few days ago, but when Walker supporters make fliers asking Wisconsin voters to break the law and sign as Adolf Hitler, it's on page 3 bottom right corner.

Nearly the same thing with the key difference being which party the action supports.
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Re: WSJ's misleading headlines...

Postby jonnygothispen » Mon Dec 26, 2011 10:22 pm

Too precious to pass up. I know very little about Doug LaFollette, but after reading the hack piece in today's (12-26) State Journal on the opinion page, I have to wonder why such a high level of resentment & hostility is directed his way in a featured article given the little to no effect his office has, especially considering that even WSJ admits he has no chance of winning the Democratic nomination... when we have a Governor actually guilty of destroying what little we do have. So in honor of honest journalism, I will attempt to use their hit piece on La Follette and pretend they would ever evenhandedly use the same logic on Governor Walker.

OUR OPINION
Walker should run for the Hills
Scott Walker for Governor? It's just more evidence that Walker - Wisconsin's destroy everything for the Koch brothel and Grover Norquist Governor - needs to run for the hills along with his teensy, archaic, anti-Wisconsin agenda.

Why does Walker, with his famous last name (Walker: Texas Ranger), need Koch-cane? Wasn't there enough snow on our Capitol hill last winter during the protests for him to sniff and snort on about?

We can save Walker the cost of humiliation: The only way he's going to win is if the Kochs run enough bald-faced lying ads in his favor with the nearly 4 to 1 funding advantage he has. They've already broken the record with the most dishonest ads, totally detached from, and more often than not, totally opposite of reality, in Wisconsin's history. If Scott Walker was an armpit, the word "strong" wouldn't be remotely strong enough to describe the aroma spewing forth from it.

Walker, 44 (also his IQ) from Wisconsin (but you'd never know it by the # of jobs his policies have eliminated in Wisconsin, and the amount of funding he's receiving from out of state), may be a nice guy, and the son of a delusional baptist minister. But he struggles with common sense, honesty, any kind of a feeling for others, reality, free speech, legal precedent, peaceful assembly, redress of grievances, opposing opinions, what's best for the majority, programs that help the poor, food for kids, health care for the sick and disabled, job creation, compromise, honest discussion, equal protection of voting rights, and basically anything his "4 year-old w/o his Koch bottle" mind doesn't understand. The State's highest office is hardly a launching pad for this level of self-righteous insanity and callousness, yet there he is in no small part because of extremely biased media such as ourselves at WSJ.

Heck, we even claimed that Tammy Baldwin, who got 63% of the vote in her district was "too partisan," while we backed partisan hacks such as a complete do-nothing unknown, w/o any plan at all, over Wisconsin's best-ever Senator. If it isn't obvious what biased clowns we are yet, it never will be.

The very fact that Walker thinks he's qualified to be Governor after gutting Wisconsin's middle class for corporate welfare programs of his choosing-the very same thing that created the bad economy of today-and gutting thousands of jobs to play partisan politics, proves he is not. But we'll never tell you that. Instead we'll milk it down and focus on someone of little to no interest like Doug LaFollette to effectively transfer the true farce in Wisconsin, Scot-tea Walker, to a non-sequitur.

The Democrats best hope for winning this one is for Walker's policies to go into full effect as soon as possible. It sure as hell isn't going to be because we at WSJ have decided to be an honest voice and represent the State and it's people. When it comes to even handed criticism, we're sitting this one out. Sure, we'll slap his wrist once in awhile, very lightly, in an effort to feign our "independent" voice. But in the end, Scot-tea's our boy!

In fact, we're so blatantly biased that when former mayor Dave Cieslewicz had the nerve to mildly criticize us for it, our editor had the chutzpah to challenge him to a verbal duel. In other words, our bias is so routine that we assert the right to tell others to be quiet or to look the other way if they raise honest concerns. "Bias? What bias?"

Wisconsin should approve a constitutional amendment to get rid of corporate knob goblins like Walker whose words are completely meaningless and the opposite of his goals and policies, but lets focus on Doug La Follette right now instead. Maybe we can teach the disinterested to ignore Walker's extremism?

Don't feel sorry for Scot-tea, we've got his back, and so do his generous campaign donors who will see to it that he's cushy for eternity after you remove him against our will at WSJ. So stay alert because we'll be back with another puppet to finish what Scot-tea started as soon as possible if you do.
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Re: WSJ's misleading headlines...

Postby snoqueen » Wed Dec 28, 2011 10:59 pm

WSJ's headline: "Gov. Walker proposes lifting cap on Family Care program."

http://host.madison.com/wsj/news/local/ ... 3ce6c.html

I read this entire article -- not just the headline -- and I was baffled. When did Walker turn into such a good guy, actually trying to help the elderly and disabled? Brain transplant, maybe?

Later today, things come clear:

http://www.jsonline.com/news/statepolit ... 17513.html

Thanks to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, we can see no transplant took place. The feds told Walker he had to receive federal approval for what he enacted, and he didn't have it and had to back down. The WSJ didn't make the connection at all, totally misleading readers into thinking Walker was trying to help.

Of course this has the Republicans' undies in a knot, though you'd think some of them might remember there's a recall afoot and to assist families with disabled relatives might gain them a few votes.

But no. They're still throwing poor people off state insurance assistance as fast as they can. Probably they figure the voting restriction act will keep them away from the polls so it doesn't matter.
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Re: WSJ's misleading headlines...

Postby bdog » Thu Dec 29, 2011 6:27 am

snoqueen wrote:Of course this has the Republicans' undies in a knot, though you'd think some of them might remember there's a recall afoot and to assist families with disabled relatives might gain them a few votes.

Seems at least 1 Dem has his undies in a knot over it as well:

Dane County Executive Joe Parisi said Wednesday that the county has the best safety net in the state for the needy and that he is not sure the governor's proposal would be right for county residents.


Yeah, best safety net except for the people that don't have it. Nice.

When did Parisi turn into such a bad guy? Brain transplant?
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Re: WSJ's misleading headlines...

Postby Henry Vilas » Thu Dec 29, 2011 4:08 pm

snoqueen wrote:WSJ's headline: "Gov. Walker proposes lifting cap on Family Care program."

http://host.madison.com/wsj/news/local/ ... 3ce6c.html

Channel3000.com got it right with:
Feds Ordered Walker To Lift Family Care Cap
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Re: WSJ's misleading headlines...

Postby Henry Vilas » Thu Dec 29, 2011 5:26 pm

After publishing Walker's press release without investigating the facts, an amended headline was published by the WSJ today:
Feds ordered Walker to lift cap on Family Care

Good publicity turned bad for Gov. Scott Walker on Thursday when details of a letter from the federal government cast doubt on his motivations for lifting the cap on a state safety net for elderly and disabled residents.


Oh well, better late than never.
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Re: WSJ's misleading headlines...

Postby jonnygothispen » Fri Dec 30, 2011 6:30 pm

..and WSJ's response today? Jesus... "Walker critics pounce on letter"

It's the critics reaction that's unusual, not that Walker far more likely than not misled/lied as increasing these kind of funds are completely out of line with his record.

McCarthy then. Walker now. WSJ is sort of an extremist newspaper hiding in sheep's clothing.
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Re: WSJ's misleading headlines...

Postby jonnygothispen » Mon Jan 02, 2012 10:57 am

1-1-2012 front page Headline...

'Messianic fervor' cools off from 2008
because Rush Limbaugh is never far from their hearts...

1-2-2012 This time the content, not the headline "Twilight-or dawn of new day," even though they draw the conclusion for you. Rather than write something with substance, as per usual WSJ connects the dots for the uninformed by quoting Reagan, then this gem, "President Barack Obama 'has taken us down the path of absolute ruin, 'and if he's re-elected, there will be no recovery from it.'" Which would be fine if WSJ found it within themselves to throw in a little news reporting.

They're not always this subtle, but the pattern is generally pretty consistent. Vague generalities in regards to criticizing Obama-never mind that obtuse Republican obstruction is the actual road block from recovery. Then throw in a few false analogies-Reagan's wealth redistribution and deregulation policies set the stage for this kind of recession and should be the last person a credible news source quotes in terms of optimism for economic recovery. And then the immigrant who's living "The American dream" by working at a Chicken plucking factory, never mind the 1% who are living a 3rd world dictators dream of sifting off the profits from cheap labor, and controlling the Government and it's policies.

WSJ's message to faithful, "Stay deluded."
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Re: WSJ's misleading headlines...

Postby jonnygothispen » Wed Jan 04, 2012 10:35 am

1-4-2012
"TWO IN TOP TIER"
True, but aren't there a few very unusual and abnormal things about this years Republican primaries, you know, newsworthy items? Re: constantly switching leader from week-to-week, suggesting a completely fractured Republican base. WSJ doesn't mention this anywhere in the article, at all. Does anyone doubt after watching WSJ that the headline and subsequent read would very likely reflect this if the Democrats had the same scenario?

Isn't it also kind of unusual when 25% of the vote is the top tier? When is the last time this has happened? Has it ever? Nothing suggesting that the GOP base is fractured will be emphasized.

"WSJ-Wisconsin's codependent voice"
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Re: WSJ's misleading headlines...

Postby snoqueen » Thu Jan 05, 2012 6:25 pm

http://host.madison.com/sports/college/ ... 963f4.html

Oh good lord, this is the absolute classic ignorant word substitution. Flout is not the same thing as flaunt. If you can't tell the difference don't use either one. Is their entire editorial staff sound asleep?
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Re: WSJ's misleading headlines...

Postby jonnygothispen » Fri Jan 06, 2012 8:19 pm

1-5-2012 "Republicans search for Identity," an AP article, which hit on many of the points I wish WSJ, as an inside voice, would hit on voluntarily. Printing an AP article is sort of like pleading the 5th, but it's an upgrade from 1-4's headline. Even so, It's not so much that they're searching for an identity, they know what they want. It's that no candidate represents that. They were told to hate Obama/Romney care though it reduces the deficit and debt, and are so ill-informed that they're grasping for the next straw in the Republican field only to find each one woefully short. In other words, years of Republicans lying and pandering to their base has caused this effect. It's not confusing or up in the air as AP portrays it.

1-6-2012 2 days in a row on Walker cabinet corruption, and a WSJ article to boot today, not bad. Yet the opinion page makes a point of showing how "liberal" tax policies increased city taxes while Walker reduced state taxes through his collective bargaining law. Never mind that he kicked the can down the road and the new deficit is larger than what we would've had with Doyle's policies in place.

I can't complain because at least they're covering the corruption, and front page. But I want to imagine WSJ using the same journalistic techniques they recently used on Doug LaFollette, which appeared to be written by a 7th grader. So using their own standard, lets imagine another set of headlines or opinion pieces...

"Is Walker's cabinet as corrupt as Reagan's?" (115 indictments)

"You can judge Walker by the company he keeps"

"Recall may hinge on criminal behavior in Walker's cabinet"

"Corruption now a pattern with Walker picks"

"Walker's false statements catching up with him"
(taking credit for job gains under Doyle's budget and not mentioning losses under his, lies about teacher lay-offs and his policy effects on education, etal...)

This is the way WSJ routinely frames articles about Democrats (apologies to pj). And yes I know that WSJ can be centrist and sometimes even leans left, and they deserve credit for that. But they too often take extreme views that always lean right to the point of tipping over, while claiming that their moderate conservative views somehow makes them an independent voice (not). They're just not as extreme as they could be, which seems to be the only claim Mr. Smalley could've legitimately made to Citizen Dave.

... and never mind the constant flow of misrepresentation over the protests last spring. They can't help it. At least they covered it.
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Re: WSJ's misleading headlines...

Postby jonnygothispen » Sun Jan 15, 2012 5:04 pm

1-13 (?) "Romney rolls again!"
Pray tell, when is a win by 8 votes rolling over someone? Or is it just a subtle way to feign unity

1-15 "Bonuses quickly grow lucrative" in regards to teachers... Fair enough. But is there going to be a series of articles on income inequality with graphs/charts and quotes from economic experts at some point too?

Will there be an in-depth article showing the details of corporate tax giveaways by Walker alone? How about a series of articles on the effective tax rates of the different tax brackets and also corporations going back say 30 years?

It's the main content of what WSJ chooses to print that controls or guides the conversation and effectively the conscience of those who read it, and what they omit that bothers me. Print both sides if you want to be unbiased instead of just the moderate version of the conservative angle, Mr. Smalley. Thanks : )
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