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If this was 1776, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel editorial would support good old King George because he's "tough and experienced" (yes, I'm definitely snarking their original 2010 Walker endorsement) citing that he hasn't committed a criminal offense to warrant a recall.   That riff raff who want him gone are criminals (they destroyed all that valuable tea by dumping it overboard - remember?), agitators, and lowlifes.  Glenn Grothman, prominent politician, would be calling them "slobs" and be outraged at the bazillions in damage they caused opposing the just and rightful King.  

On top of that, the rebels have the audacity to challenge the authority of the God Annointed King and are even threatening to declare independence from the empire he rules.  Madness, just madness.  They illegally assemble in groups to nefariously plan an illegal overthrow of The Kings government, discuss and distribute information that is not printed in Royally Approved publications, but worst of all insist they have something called "rights" which would actually limit Royal Authority.  I need my smelling salts now.

He has decreed that colonists have no rights and must accept Royal Dictates as the law.  Their demand to be heard or voice an opinion are outrageous, to say the least.  The peasantry need to attend to their work and obey the law.  Beyond that, they should be quiet and pay their taxes.

The King has responded by creating additional rules to prevent assembly of groups of more than 2 people and to require them to apply for a government pemit with the promise to pay for any alleged "damages" the group would cause as well as the costs of security to keep them under strict surveillance.  They'd be prohibited from coming into any Royal Building for fear of the damage they might cause and could only enter in groups of 1 or 2 after submitting to a full search of their person.  Guns would be permitted, but not cameras.  (Hey, wait.....that's what Walker did here!)  The Kings media approves of all these actions.

Colonists must bow to the King and accept his ultimate rulings and laws.  They are, after all, colonists and must accept their place in society.  Most importantly, they must remember that speaking against the King is a crime and actions against the Empire are treason.

This is how the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel would have reported our national revolution.

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Our founding fathers and mothers must be rolling in their graves.  They understood the need for newspapers and factual reporting.  They gave them rights they never had before.  But today newspapers are the bought and paid for tools of corporations to spread myths, memes, and propaganda to enrich and enable the monied elite to keep robbing the citizens of their rights, their dignity, and every last cent they have.  

I was disgusted when our RW leaning rag, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, once again endorsed Scott Walker - this time in the recall election.  I knew it was coming as their reporting shifted from the nearly balanced and more factual reporting they started to produce to more pro-Walker turd-polishing and harsh criticism of his opponents in the past few months.

The unresolved question I had in my mind was this:  why endorse him so soon before the election?  That's right;  more than 3 weeks prior to the vote, here comes their endorsement.  I now know why.  Their strategy is to prop him up even more right before the election.  

Today, the JS editorial pages are filled with Letters to the Editor critical of the endorsement which means that next week, right before the election, the Journal Sentinel will fill those same pages with pro-Walker letters and support.  Their excuse, of course, will be "to provide balance", but it's a thin veil over their obvious bias.

It's Memorial Day weekend, of course, and readership will be down as people travel to join family to honor our troops, veterans, and those who gave their lives in the ultimate sacrifice to our country.  They'll be cooking out, attending parades and driving back home with little time for the Sunday newspaper other than a quick scan of the headlines.  Not so next Sunday when they'll open the Journal Sentinel, the largest newspaper in the state of Wisconsin, and find WalkerFest all over the editorial pages, a celebration of all things pro-Walker just 2 days before they go to the polls.

In 2010, the Journal Sentinel printed their endorsement on October 24, a little more than a week before the election as one would normally expect.  This years endorsement, in it's timing, was more unusual while not unexpected.

To recall radical Republicans we've been opposed by GOP supporters and their sleazy tactics (running fake Democrats, intimidation and violence, destruction of petitions and signs, verbal abuse), mega millions of spending on lying paid ads and slick mailers and more huge free yard and window signs than you could count in a lifetime, and even more mega millions in outside billionaire spending on more lying paid ads.  And then there's more.  Add to that a complaint corporate media all too willing to shill for one side and question or attack the other and you have the same recipe the GOP used in 2010 to take control of our entire State Legislature and State Executive branch.  

They're doing it again.  Rinse and repeat.  This time with a governor under a cloud of investigation, with an extremist legislative record that bears no resemblence to his campaign promises or publicly stated agenda, and with a citizenry who rose up in opposition to the destruction of our state.  Yet it's our side painted as the bad guys over and over again.

Fortunately, people have had enough of the Journal Sentinel.  Subscriptions are down so far that they've put the online version behind a paywall of 20 articles per month.  Sadly, however, their reporting is extensively covered by our corporate electronic media.  


Originally posted to Puddytat on Sun May 27, 2012 at 11:22 AM PDT.

Also republished by Badger State Progressive, ClassWarfare Newsletter: WallStreet VS Working Class Global Occupy movement, Progressive Hippie, and German American Friendship Group.

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Comment Preferences

  •  Tips for the truth, the whole truth (48+ / 0-)

    and nothing but the truth.  Our media used to be like that with rare exceptions (yes, I'm looking at you, William Randolph Hearst).  Now it's mostly lies and BS with only a few shining examples of real journalism.

    There already is class warfare in America. Unfortunately, the rich are winning.

    by Puddytat on Sun May 27, 2012 at 10:54:28 AM PDT

  •  From the polls, it appears that what we need to (13+ / 0-)

    do this next two weeks is hammer the John Doe investigation mercilessly.

    Repeat what it is about.  Repeat the FBI involvement.  Repeat how many aides - sitting feet from Walker - have plea bargained or been arrested.  

    Walker's entire office was infested with illegal activity - and Walker denies any involvement?

    2012: the Year of the Voting Woman. And by the way, Republicans ... we're pretty pissed about what you've done to our country. Republican Party Motto: "Tax the poor, gift the rich"

    by mumtaznepal on Sun May 27, 2012 at 11:31:49 AM PDT

  •  The rebels of 1776 (3+ / 0-)
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    would probably have lost an election or referendum.  Badly, getting no more than 1/3 of the votes.  Voting works best as an after-the-fact ratification of a political decision already achieved by struggle on the ground and in civil society.   It is never a substitute,  as the opinions of the electorate are at almost all times "lagging indicators".  That even the leadership of organized labor fails to understand this social reality and could think of no further way to expand the struggle but opted to turn the whole thing into a recourse to quick recall elections  is very revealing in understanding the long-term decline of labor in America, to say nothing of progressive politics generally.

    The law, in its majestic equality, forbids rich and poor alike from sleeping under bridges. ~ Anatole France

    by ActivistGuy on Sun May 27, 2012 at 01:17:42 PM PDT

  •  GOTV & Donate! (4+ / 0-)


    I would tip you, but the man took away my tips.

    by Tortmaster on Sun May 27, 2012 at 01:31:30 PM PDT

  •  Puddy, (4+ / 0-)

    I hear you about the media.  Mr. 3g and I just had a lengthy discussion about their worthlessness a day or so ago.  In the WI State Urinal we noticed that the report on the debate on Friday evening was done by an AP reporter.  It was somewhat bland, however, the last part of it was pretty favorable to Walker.  That newspaper couldn't print unbiased news (i.e. TRUTH) if their existence depended on it.  

    Most of the major newspapers in this country haven't actually practiced real journalism since Ronnie Raygun occupied the White House.  What peeves me is that if the so-called "newspapers" of this country want to be Pravda-lite, then they should be required to post for everyone to see who pays them and they should not be called "newspapers" because they're not about journalism----they're nothing but propaganda sheets.

    As I wrote in a comment just a few days ago to someone, printing what these rags do is not worthy of the least respect.  Eventually, the newspapers will disappear----they're well on their way to becoming dinosaurs right now----and they will not be missed.  They did it to themselves.   It also peeves me that the importance of having a free and open press, which is a critical and essential component for a democracy to function, has been destroyed thanks to the Karl Roves, Koch brothers, and other right-wing propagandists.  For them to thrive, they can't allow a free and open press to exist.  When the public is unable to receive unbiased information, they can be misled easily.  And that's what these guys want.  

    We can have democracy in this country, or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can't have both. Louis D. Brandeis

    by 3goldens on Sun May 27, 2012 at 01:47:38 PM PDT

    •  And the electronic media is just as bad (5+ / 0-)

      They financially benefit from all the paid media.  They love contentious campaigns because of all the money they put in their pockets so they do little to promote the facts.  They say that candidates are free to buy ads to tell their stories.

      Twisted is the dismal state of our media and the damage they're doing to our democracy.

      There already is class warfare in America. Unfortunately, the rich are winning.

      by Puddytat on Sun May 27, 2012 at 02:08:35 PM PDT

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    •  Look on the bright side.... (4+ / 0-)
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      If the media didn't suck ass then Markos wouldn't have started this site 10 years ago.

      p.s. Good thing I proof read this, because autocorrect changed Markos to

      "Ich bin ein Dachs!"

      by PvtJarHead on Sun May 27, 2012 at 02:16:27 PM PDT

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      •  Heh! And you're exactly right---- (2+ / 0-)
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        the blogs are making the "newspapers" obsolete.

        Autocorrect drives me crazy---it put the word "acre" in one of my recent comments and I have zero idea how it came up with that.  

        We can have democracy in this country, or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can't have both. Louis D. Brandeis

        by 3goldens on Sun May 27, 2012 at 02:33:38 PM PDT

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      •  DK has autocorrect? (1+ / 0-)
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        Where do I find it?

        There already is class warfare in America. Unfortunately, the rich are winning.

        by Puddytat on Sun May 27, 2012 at 04:13:54 PM PDT

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        •  You'll see it sometimes if you watch (1+ / 0-)
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          the screen while you type.  It's not a function of DK---it's usually part of your browser.  I use Safari---don't know about the other ones like Firefox or Internet Explorer.  It's a quick flash of a word in blue type and sometimes it just flashes and disappears and at others shows up as a word in your comment and stays there.

          At other times I simply notice while doing a proofread that a word I know I didn't type has been inserted.  Drives me nuts sometimes.  You'll always see autocorrect if you're watching the screen when (at least on my computer) blue type (rather than the typical black) shows up.  When you see that, it's autocorrecting but sometimes it's wrong so you still have to proofread closely.

          Hope this helps.  

          We can have democracy in this country, or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can't have both. Louis D. Brandeis

          by 3goldens on Sun May 27, 2012 at 06:24:27 PM PDT

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          •  No such function on IE (2+ / 0-)
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            which is what I use.  For proof, see my frequent typos lol.

            There already is class warfare in America. Unfortunately, the rich are winning.

            by Puddytat on Mon May 28, 2012 at 12:19:43 AM PDT

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            •  You're typing is fine. (1+ / 0-)
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              But even with autocorrect, I still catch errors in my own typing----and I taught typing several eons ago for 7 years!  Sorry about IE not having that function, though.

              We can have democracy in this country, or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can't have both. Louis D. Brandeis

              by 3goldens on Mon May 28, 2012 at 09:41:48 AM PDT

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            •  Autocorrect is a hinderance to me.... (1+ / 0-)
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              I've been typing and proofreading since my military stint in the 80's.  I wish I could turn autocorrect off.  In stream of conscience writing particularly is prefer to be able to go back and see what I actually typed instead of what it thought I meant to write.  On this phone I'm constrained to it's even harder to go back and change a whole word than to go back and change one letter.

              "Ich bin ein Dachs!"

              by PvtJarHead on Mon May 28, 2012 at 11:14:28 AM PDT

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  •  Legitimacy has been lost by MJS. Giving some (2+ / 0-)
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    space to a different view is little more than a cop-out.  RW now has control of how the news is presented.  From attorney Esenberg to endorsing John Doe our media outlets are now in the control of RW'ers.

    The ultimate cop-out is that they are afraid to challenge for fear of losing the subscribers in the RW collar Milwaukee burbs.  So they say that they will create a page with an alternative view for others to express their view.  Those writers will be presented as "liberals" and not journalists.  Our "journalists" have legitimacy in the eyes of the reader......

    Cancel your subscription or you might as well give to the gop if you don't.

    They should change their name to the GOP Times!

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