The Journal Sentinel’s selective coverage largely has been limited to brief reports of some individual incidents. The news judgment is unmistakable. Namely, these are isolated events. They don’t warrant the kind of saturation “civility” coverage that followed the recent shootings in Tuscon. (One can’t help wondering if things would be different if the Wisconsin perpetrators operated under the Tea Party banner.)
Last week blogger [John] Nolte (Big Government) compiled information involving “20 days worth of the death threats, vandalism, and intimidation” by Walker opponents. At the same time, prominent blogger Ann Althouse detailed what can only be labeled as vile threats received by her and her husband following their reporting of the Wisconsin thuggery.
My own view is that Walker opponents are hurting their cause with this kind of activity. Without mentioning the Journal Sentinel or criticizing its coverage, I made that point in a March 18 e-mail that provided links to the Nolte and Althouse material. My distribution list included George Stanley, managing editor of the Journal Sentinel.
“Both sides are demonizing each other with deliberate, dishonest propaganda….You reap what you sow.”
“Are you suggesting that the behavior of Walker supporters is comparable to that of his opponents?”
"I don’t ‘suggest’ like you, George. I didn’t say a word about behavior or go to your links. I prefer honesty to bullshit.”