Wisconsin Media Credibility: In the Toilet
Charlie Sykes highlighted that staff members of the Journal Broadcast Group, the parent company of the largest newspaper in Wisconsin, have signed recall petitions. A corporate executive, Steve Wexler, went on air earlier this week to explain the company’s policy of not releasing the names of employees who have signed the recall petitions. But don’t worry, for the sake of media accountability, Mark Belling of 1130 WISN just started to trickle out the “hot links” of reporters, journalists, and on-air personalities who have all signed petitions to recall Governor Scott Walker. We hope that other members of the media across Wisconsin follow Mark’s lead and show news consumers and citizens the real politics behind the glimmering smiles on the 6 o’clock news or behind the black print of our newspapers. The days of media objectivity in Wisconsin are officially over. This week, Jason Stverak, President of the Franklin Center wrote about the continuous attacks by colleagues in the media and their attempt to discredit it’s free-market leaning news project, Wisconsin Reporter. As a recent news organization in WI, even the Franklin Center is clear on its news focus and “voice” in the states. The reality is, the legacy media in Wisconsin is officially poisoned. It’s going to take honest, news organizations that are up-front about their focus and non-traditional journalists, maybe even citizen journalists, to provide the real news to Wisconsin voters in this historic election.