Thursday, February 28, 2008

Journal-Sentinel Working on Walker Transit Hit Piece

Quite often, journalists let their biases show.

Sometimes, they make their agenda patently obvious.

Via GOP3.COM, an account of a Journal-Sentinel reporter who is clearly working on a hit piece directed against Scott Walker.

From post on the Journal-Sentinel Newswatch blog.
THURSDAY, Feb. 28, 2008, 3:36 p.m.

Have county transit changes affected you?

How have you been affected by Milwaukee County Transit System fare increases and service cuts? Please contact Journal Sentinel reporter Larry Sandler at lsandler@journalsentinel.com to let him know, and please include your name and a telephone number where you can be reached.
Of course, any such accounts will be used to attack budget-cutting County Executive Scott Walker.

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7 Comments:

Anonymous mickey said...

John, the entire premise of the postured question is absurd.
Only a completely co-opted liberal stooge could frame questions that way. Yet, the Urinal does exactly that.
Maybe the Urinals next HIT PIECE, could ask....
How have the TAX CUTS for the RICH negatively affected your view of Bush/shrub?
Or!
What do you LOVE the most about President Obama??
Does Sandler think that there is a problem with Milwaukee County Transit??
Are there bus riders that are suffering because of that BASTARD SCOTT WALKER??
These URINAL liberal hacks, just take pot shots, because THEY CAN. And because there are no CHECKS AND BALANCES at the URINAL anymore.
Lastly, I'd wager there are more people dis-satisfied with the Urinal and it's bias, than there are citizens in any way inconvenienced by lesser bus service.
"If SCOTT WALKER, that EVIL REPUBLICAN has PISSED YOU OFF, please call LARRY SANDLER at.....1-I-BLAME-WALKER."
Good grief.

12:55 AM  
Blogger Logan said...

Are we simply to ignore the effects of policy decisions by our elected leaders?

I say no. And isn't it the responsibility of the media to bring light to the effects of social/economic change.

I would only hope that all leaders' decisions were followed up on.

And please, the argument cannot be made that the media is only doing it one way (unto conservatives) so it should not be done at all.

Our elected officials must have policies scrutinized or bad policies will continue to be accepted under the guise that there is no alternative. Or that there are not flaws in basic tenants of their stances on issues.

7:50 AM  
Blogger John McAdams said...

Logan,

Well . . . they could be asking for stories about how people have trouble paying their property tax.

Instead, they are asking questions designed to imply that government spends too little.

That's ideological bias, which you seem to admit.

10:39 AM  
Blogger James Pawlak said...

Strange---I thought Judge Gableman as #1 on the MJS New York Times style hit list.

1:32 PM  
Anonymous James said...

Somehow I don't think we'll see the Democratic Party PR firm.....oops I mean the local newspaper, the Journal Sentinel, soliciting for stories about how the higher property taxes force people out of homes, how the higher sales taxes will affect the poor, how the increase in car registration fees would hurt people, et al. I don't care the the JS is horribly biased, just admit it already.

5:38 PM  
Blogger Amy said...

Well . . . they could be asking for stories about how people have trouble paying their property tax.

Yes - my husband and I will probably never own a home in Milwaukee County because Democrats keep jacking up the property tax.

I don't see the JS knocking on my door, now, do I?

5:10 PM  
Blogger Logan said...

I think what we're all looking for--me, Walker, whoever--is the "sweet spot" of where we're getting the most bang for our buck with the MCTS.

I am all for fiscal conservatism, responsibility, whatever we want to call it, but I think the benefits of a well-functioning, well-funded public transit system will save money for the city when it is all said and done than if we continue to cut routes and raise fairs.

In the first quarter after one of the fair hikes in 2006, ridership went from 2% to 3%, largely because of gas prices.

An affordable way for people to navigate the greatest city in the country is doubtless beneficial for commerce, tourism, the parking situation, overall happiness with the city, real-estate perks, it's good.

One way to put it is that we need to spend money to make money.

8:08 PM  

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