Last week's phone call between Republican Governor Scott Walker and the blogger posing as Walker's billionaire-benefactor from Kansas, David Koch, is the gift that keeps on giving ....
Today, Keith Olbermann's blog, FOK News Channel, has debunked a recent, much ballyhooed article in The New York Times:
Few news stories better spoke to the destruction of union solidarity and the realization that even those public employees collectively bargaining in Wisconsin were going to have to give something back, than the New York Times’ piece a week ago tomorrow titled “Union Bonds In Wisconsin Begin To Fray.”
The byline was shared by no less than Arthur G. Sulzberger, the son of the publisher and official carrier of the Times’ family name. The piece ran prominently on the front page. Sulzberger himself interviewed the main ‘get’ in the piece. Beyond the mere reporting was the symbolism of the Times - even the sainted liberal media Times – throwing in the towel on the inviolability of unions, conceding that an American state could renege with impunity on a good faith contract with anybody, and that maybe the Right is right every once in awhile.
Problem is, A.G. Sulzberger’s featured disillusioned unionist interviewee … wasn’t in a union.
So, what does this have to do with the conversation between Walker and the faux-Koch? Listen:
Comedy. That's what Walker gets for relying on the so-called liberal New York Times—who, by the way, gave their mistake splashy, front page coverage. The correction was below the fold on page two.
No word on Scott Walker's correction to those worried lawmakers.
Transcript is below the fold.
WALKER: The New York Times of all things, I don't normally tell people to read the New York Times, but the front page of the New York Times has got a great story, one of these unbelievable moments of true journalism what is supposed to be objective journalism, they got out of the capitol and went down one county south of the capitol to Janesville, to Rock County, where the General Motors Plant once was.
WALKER: They moved out two years ago. The lead on this story is about a guy who was laid off two years ago and has been laid off twice by GM. who points out that everybody else in his town has had to sacrifice except for all these public employees and it's about damn time they do it, he supports me. And they had a bartender, they had every stereotypical blue collar worker type they interviewed and the only ones that weren't with us were people who were either a public employee or married to a public employee. It's an unbelievable ... so I went through and called all these handful a dozen or so lawmakers I worry about, each day and said everyone of you should get that story printed out and send it to anybody giving you grief.
FAUX-KOCH: Goddamn, right.