Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Shameless spin for Green's cynical move

Still reeling from today's top Journal Sentinel headline, in which the paper helps Congressman Mark Green in his cynical attempt to confuse voters on a critical issue that could decide the election, I came upon this from Brew City Brawler,:

JS Spins mightily for Green

Unbelievable. Mark Green, seeing he's getting pounded on the stem cell issue, reaches for a straw and says he's in favor of research to take cells from embryos without destroying them. Even though that the only experiments in this area destroyed the embryos.

How does the JS treat this obvious political trick? By slapping it above the fold on the front page -- without any suggestion, until the jump, that the research Green is clinging to has been a failure. The JS surely knows that a lot of its busy readers often don't look beyond the front page or make it to the jump. And objections to Green's tack from third parties lie near the bottom of the story.

Absolutely contemptible.Unbelievable.

The Brawler suggests Mark Green propose creating a dinsosaur preserve in Northwestern Wisconsin. It would be great for tourism! We could just use that whole clone-dinosaurs-from-DNA-extracted-from-a-mosquito-trapped-in-amber technology we saw in Jurassic Park. That's been as successful as the technique he's embracing on embryonic stem cell research. And the JS will report it as straight news -- and maybe even knock Doyle for lack of vision!

Dream no small dreams!
My sentiments exactly.

Maybe you can fool enough of the people enough of the time, if the newspaper helps you do it.

UPDATE: Michael Mathias says it was not Green's finest hour, but his "no details available" idea was par for the course.


At 10:55 AM, Blogger GWC shadow said...

Jim Doyle isn't fooling anyone either and the latest poll shows that Green and Gargoyle are tied (Strategic Vision). Only one month removed from Gargoyle having an eight point lead (so they say). Which shows your shady untrue commercials are having a reverse effect. Now your beating the stem cell drum to death when this issue has NO EFFECT on this race. So keeping pounding the Stem cell drum. Oh by the way did you see that gas prices are going down. How come I don't see any more of your bogus commercials on Mark Green price gouging gas for BIG OIL any more?

At 11:53 AM, Blogger Anne Quimby Mathias said...

GWC Shadow, the Green Dream Team must have missed the memo that stem cell research is such a non-issue in this race. Be sure to give them a call about that one -- they'll be happy to know that the backpedaling can stop.

The JS coverage of this is nauseating.

At 12:22 PM, Blogger Paul_Robeson said...

My favorite passage:

"They destroyed the 16 embryos they started with, but many believe the technique could be a starting point to creating the lines while sparing the embryo. Green said the technique proposed is promising and warrants state funding."

If this were written for a high school journalism class, you would tell the fledgling reporter to do some more legwork and quote some real, live scientists on the matter. Presumably, those people know something about this. (I mean, honestly -- you could write that "many believe" the Holocaust never happened, but that doesn't make it a credible claim.)

Politics aside, this is just atrocious reporting.


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