Archive for the 'Watchdogging the Media' Category

9
February
2011

Journal Communications Takes Another Cheap Shot at Ament

It is times like this that it is helpful to remember that one entity, Journal Communications, dominates our local news. They own the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, WTMJ AM620 radio and the WTMJ television station. Every once in a while they go on a feeding frenzy, discrediting people who have done no crime and who have made […]

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7
February
2011

Watchdogging the Watchdogs – Politifact Held Accountable

Over the past year the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel has presented itself as an objective news source that, as a public service, has rated the comments of public officials. Sadly, these ratings, presented under the name “Politifact”, have at times been misleading and have even displayed a double standard when it comes to the ratings of candidates […]

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8
September
2009

The Rejectionist Right and “The Speech”

Those of you who, like me, were saddened by the ludicrous conservative response to President Obama‘s anodyne “stay-in-school-and-study-hard” speech need to read this article from the St. Petersburg Times compiling some teenagers’ reactions to the speech: they’re quite heartening, and some are very funny. Those Elmbrook School District kids missed out. Comparisons have been made […]

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17
August
2008

Carnival of Inanity

Today’s Journal Sentinel‘s “Crossroads” section is a virtual festival of fallacious thinking, misunderstanding of reality, and just plain wrong-headedness. Reader Advisory Committee Member Kelly Kasum Ressel, for instance, criticizes those meddling local bureaucrats who mandate that pool owners put up proper fencing to keep children out. She complains that this places the responsibility on the […]

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25
July
2008

Return to the Gilded Age

Journal Sentinel Community Columnist Al Smith shares some apocalyptic words about the proposal to require employers in Milwaukee to provide paid sick leave to all employees. In truth, I think a requirement limited to Milwaukee is a bad idea that could backfire; I’d like to see a statewide mandate, or better yet (dreaming here), a […]

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10
June
2008

Patrick McIlheran and the Land of Make-Believe

I know I pick on Patrick McIlheran a lot, but he just keeps writing the dumbest things. Like today’s “Quick Hit,” which I must quote in full: Obama, Reagan and the world of make-believe Barack Obama visited Mount Rushmore the other day, full of audacious curiosity. He asked a ranger about the chase scene across […]

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