Saturday, September 23, 2006

Scandal vs. sanction

The Georgia Thompson case is now officially a scandal, according to today's page one headline.

And the State Elections Board's finding that Congressman Mark Green has illegally transferred $467,000 in special interest money, and the board's order to return the money? For the last two days, that has been described as a "sanction," here and here.

Do you think the headline writers are conscious of how their work will look in campaign television commercials, or is that just an accident?

I'm trying hard not to be a conspiracy theorist, but it gets harder every day.

UPDATE: The final piece of evidence that the Journal Sentinel new pages have leaned heavily Greenward: McBride defends the newspaper. I rest my case.


At 10:58 AM, Blogger Mike said...

Just a thought. Why not demand more from the the politicians you support? Why not demand administrations that do not include the types of activities that Ms Thompson was convicted of? If we are going to clean up the the politics in Wisconsin, we will have to clean up our own parties. You don't seam the least bit concerned that the Doyle administration is doing the types of things it is doing. You only seam to care that press is not covering it in a fair mannor. The press coverage is after the fact. Why not stop the activities leading to the coverage? That would actually accomplish something. Complaining about the coverage accomplishes nothing.

At 12:42 PM, Blogger Whirl-Away said...

^^^ because cheating ranks higher than doing the right thing in their play-book.

WARNING!! Don't Click!!

At 6:11 PM, Blogger roastedpeanuts said...

I find it amazing that the Doyle story regarding his attorney contacting the SEB was front page news written by a JS staff member. However, when the Republican Party Director contacted his member on he SEB that was an AP story. Who's is asleep at the switch here? Just goes to show, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel is a complete rag. I wish someone would step up and start another daily that at least reports the news evenly. (Special thanks to "The Hammer" for the heads up.)

At 7:37 PM, Blogger goofticket said...

Try the Green Bay Press- Gazette or any of the Gannet newspapers in NE Wisc.
There is nothing, only Doyle front page problems, Green's and gard's are buried.
I hope voters do turn out in Nov and make their position known.
It certainly is not being reflected in our media.
I am a pollworker and Green bay had only one ward out of 40, vote GOP. The rest was Democratic.
Voters must take back their government, their information sources and do everything they can to show the neocons hijacked the GOP.

At 8:09 PM, Blogger Shades said...

There is a reason the SEB stories were different. The Doyle attorney used email, spoke only of political implications and PR strategies to board members who are supposed to rule on the facts and communicated with them in a "we" and "us" manner indicating coordination, not lobbying. The GOP party person is not an elections attorney writing language that ended up in the final ruling as Doyle's attorney accomplished. Plus the GOP was a single phone call where the Doyle attorney had a series of contacts and offered political cover.

The big difference is that these are not comparable stories of contact, they are very different. Additionally, the Repub appointees voted they same they had for the past 30 years where the Dem appointees flipped the position of the board.

At 7:38 AM, Blogger Mike said...

A member of the Doyle administration has been charged, tried and convicted of a crime and you are complaining about the media. I have a question. Is this type of conduct by the current adnimistration acceptable to you? Is this what Wisconsin deserves?

At 8:55 AM, Blogger Xoff said...

That conduct is clearly unacceptable. I don't condone it.
But here's the thing:

A bureaucrat six levels away from the governor, hired by Scott McCallum, has been convicted of a crime.

There has not been a shred of evidence that Doyle or any higher-ups in his administration were involved.

Does that justify the Republican commercials calling the governor a crook?

I think not.

At 6:53 PM, Blogger Shades said...

"There has not been a shred of evidence that Doyle or any higher-ups in his administration were involved."

This is simply false. As the commercial points out, the prosecuter clearly lists political pressure, which other board members testified they heard Thompson refer to, from all levels of the administration - INLCUDING Doyle.

No - he was not charged. But to claim that he was not involved in avoiding the facts.

At 7:11 PM, Blogger Bookman said...

"As the commercial points out, the prosecuter clearly lists political pressure"....

Because a political commercial says so it's now a fact?

At 7:30 PM, Blogger Mike said...

I agree. There is no evedence that Doyle is involved in anything illegal. Calling him a crook is unacceptable. We have made it very easy to go on TV and make alligations and not take resoponcibility for it. They are called 527s. And most of what they do is unacceptable. Including the Greater Wisconsin Committee.

At 9:25 PM, Blogger badgervan said...

I agree. According to some of Gard's political "ads" running in Green Bay, he has been a tireless promoter and fighter for state wide health care for all. Mammagrams, badgercare, expanded coverage: you name it, and good 'ol Farmer John has been working hard to bring dems and repubs together - in a bipartisan way, of course.
Yeah, right. The day that Gard doesn't try and chop the dem's legs off, while smiling and sticking a knife in their backs, will be the day that bush's approval hits 65%. The truth has become an unfortunate casualty of repub ambition and hubris. Nothing new there, I guess.

At 9:41 AM, Blogger Shades said...


The ad is not the originator of the prosecuter's declaration that Doyle was involved. The ad simply highlights the prosecuter's words. Biskupic filed a brief in response to GT's attempt to get the verdict thrown out. in that brief he states:

"The evidence at trial established that Adelman Travel had significant contacts with and connections to the Administration of Governor James Doyle."

"Georgia Thompson was aware of that relationship, perceived Adelman Travel to be the politically favored choice of the Doyle Administration, and as a result took extreme affirmative steps to rig the bid in favor of Adelman Travel."

"The position of Adelman Travel was known through all levels of the administration, Including James Doyle."


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