Saturday, May 19, 2012

Best Thing About Journal Sentinel Walker Endorsement?

As I said in so many words at my other blog, any Wisconsin talk radio host who calls the newspaper "liberal" from now has an entire walk-in closet full of pants on fire.

I thought this newspaper would stick to its no-endorsements-in-recall elections policy, articulated last year and cited at my other blog, here:

The Editorial Board will not recommend candidates in the recall elections. We believe policy arguments are best resolved on the floors of legislative bodies or at the ballot box during regular elections.

I was wrong. Shame on me.

All day Monday, the same Milwaukee talk radio stations that routinely call the newspaper "the dead tree,"  or mock it as the Sentinel-Journal, and gratuitously label it as a liberal publication punishing poor, beaten-down conservatives will do a back-flip and laud the newspaper instead.

That's how situational and paper-thin is the faux outrage they throw out in search of ratings.

Barrett supporters will get more motivation from the endorsement than Walker will get for receiving it.


Anonymous said...

And your own credibility would be a lot higher if you removed yourself from the JS blog line-up. As it is now, you're like Democrats who bemoan the influence of money in politics and their next sentence is to frantically demand money from the "little guy" so they can keep up with the Koch brothers.
So, according to you, the Journal Sentinel sucks and is unethical, but it still helps you get greater personal notoriety so, it can't be all bad. Right?
This is exactly how personal choices of a large number of individuals who participate in "the system" add up to maintaining things exactly as they are. If you wanna preach the moral high ground you'd better have your own feet on it.
Leave the JS, or own your own BS. It's time for decent people in the state to stop supporting that rag in any way. That means you. It is neither cute nor impressive to see your portrait over at the JS. It does not mean you are "someone", it does not mean you are amongst the Blogging Elite, it means you are an ethically challenged sell-out.

James Rowen said...

And you are among the usually far-right anonymous commenters who take off at what I am willing to put my name on.

If I know you, my disappointment is real.

I'll post your comment anyway, but the moral high ground you think you hold certainly has a hiding place.

And your last line tells me you need to look to yourself.

Betsey said...

I think in order to be a sell-out you have to take money for doing something which is against your principles. James is nothing if not true to his principles. And, as he's pointed out in previous posts, he's not being paid. I thank him for the public service he provides in this blog and now in the Journal Sentinel (talk about your sell-outs, JS.)
I'd rather have him represent my demographic/point of view than anyone else in that line-up.

James Rowen said...

Thank you, Betsey.