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I Read These Articles About Scott Walker And The Word That Comes to Mind Is: Untested

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 5:04 pm

Not Scott Walker . . . but rather, Big Media.

Politico (safe Web cache link so the bullies get no traffic):

Another major media outlet has apologized after getting a story about Scott Walker wrong. Last week, it was the New York Times; now, it’s The Daily Beast.

The Daily Beast has retracted an article from one of its college columnists that claimed that the Wisconsin governor’s budget would cut sexual assault reporting from the state’s universities.

The post, published Friday, cited a report from Jezebel that wrongly interpreted a section of the state budget to mean that all assault reporting requirements were to get cut altogether.

In fact, the University of Wisconsin system requested the deletion of the requirements to get rid of redundancy, as it already provides similar information to the federal government, UW System spokesman Alex Hummel told The Associated Press on Friday.

I think Big Media just isn’t ready for prime time.

70 Responses to “I Read These Articles About Scott Walker And The Word That Comes to Mind Is: Untested”

  1. Ding.

    Patterico (9c670f)

  2. this is what happens when you turn em out before you break them in proper-like

    happyfeet (831175)

  3. Some people like them cherry.

    nk (dbc370)

  4. Their baseless attacks reveal the fear they have of this man. It’s a concerted, coordinated effort to strangle Walker’s candidacy in the crib.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  5. The left is really afraid of Walker.

    Jezebel is certainly a reliable source on Wisconsin government. Of course, the lie will be half way around the world by the time the truth gets its boots on.

    Mike K (90dfdc)

  6. Some people are talking like the jezebel didn’t take 20 minutes to use Google to confirm the veracity of her article. I think she did her homework and decided to get the smear out there knowing that others would cite her article without checking.
    These types of smears are often done with the full knowledge that the truth is quite the opposite of the claim.

    Like when then mayor Sarah Palin supposedly had Wasilla bill rape victims for rape test kits, which is something still repeated… even though
    “The deputy commissioner of Alaska’s Department of Public Safety told the State Affairs Committee that he has never found a police agency that has billed a victim.”

    “Three times, witnesses told the committees that hospitals were responsible for passing the bill on to victims, not police agencies”

    steveg (794291)

  7. Video: Mark Levin CPAC 2015

    ps. Link Exchange??

    Steve (80dc64)

  8. They’re trying to Palinize him but he’s already been through that process and

    come thru whole and in charge.

    They don’t know how to react to that so they panic.

    It’s panic we’re watching as they’re original plan to target and ridicule and

    mischaracterize has fallen apart.

    Next they’ll try to ignore and conceal his actions.

    jakee308 (49ccc6)

  9. Waiting for this to come across Lucianne – Walker says he can see Minnesota from Wisconsin…

    mg (31009b)

  10. I’ve often thought that this blog should be called Patterico’s Politcos.

    Kevin M (25bbee)

  11. SOP for the Democrat Media Industrial Complex is that if it’s a negative story about a Republican, fact checking is an unnecessary luxury.

    daleyrocks (bf33e9)

  12. #11: Global warming.

    Kevin M (25bbee)

  13. Genius from UW-Madison quoted in article:

    Alivia Richter, a senior who is also a Wisconsin native, sees Walker’s proposal as the latest in a series of disappointing measures that have damaged her home state.

    “I’ve always been proud to be from Wisconsin, but in my opinion, since Scott Walker was elected governor the things that I am proud of about this state have been declining,” she said.

    Richter resents what she sees as Walker’s attempt to grandstand for a possible presidential run. But she is even more upset that people don’t realize how Walker’s actions hurt her day-to-day life as a Wisconsin resident and student.

    “It’s annoying to see people who say, ‘don’t worry, he is just digging himself a bigger hole for if he runs for president,’” she said. “That must come from a very privileged point of view because, even if it’s true, there is still damage that is being done to my personal health and education—and also the entire state’s wellbeing.”

    steveg (794291)

  14. Why is anybody surprised, or outraged? Newspapers have ALWAYS been like this. It’s just that as the Left took ove more and more of the media they sold us on the silly idea that unbiased reporting was possible.

    It isn’t. The only way to get the truth out is to have LOTS of press with LOTS of points of view.

    Don’t worry about the leftwing media. Worry about the government “regulating” the internet.

    C. S. P. Schofield (a196fd)

  15. Well they went after the Huntress with the rape kit garbage.

    narciso (07cb64)

  16. “That must come from a very privileged point of view because, even if it’s true, there is still damage that is being done to my personal health and education—and also the entire state’s wellbeing.”

    steveg – I’m amazed the special snowflake has managed to survive until her senior year, what with all the damage to her personal health and education, not to mention the entire state’s well being. Maybe Madison is becoming 1/3 San Francisco, 2/3 Detroit.

    daleyrocks (bf33e9)

  17. sheesh, i really hope Alivia is totally embarrassed by her insertion. though in all likelyhood she is gushing about this while having sex with a guy she plans of accusing of raping her if he doesn’t return her text message tommorrow.

    btw: check out Natasha’s reaction tweets to the debunking of her story. wonder if someone got hold of her and said “umm, you are blaming the victim on this”

    seeRpea (3383a9)

  18. Geez, Alivia isn’t getting free condoms at the UW health center? And her education is suffering because Walker doesn’t authorize enough LGBTQ courses? Well gollee whillikers. Poor little kiddo hardly knows how to tie her shoes, and she’s just a few credits away from her Bachelor’s Degree.

    But she did learn to put a condom on a cucumber when she was maybe 9 years old. So there’s that.

    Skeptical Voter (12e67d)

  19. she’d probably need a week off from school if she found out the cous cous was Israeli

    steveg (794291)

  20. We all know that the media is out for Walker.

    What conservatives have to figure out is who is the long-runner. We can let the media and Dems decide as they always do, or we can ignore the left and choose a good candidate.

    Half of this country wants a good conservative leader. The other half does not.

    All I know is we better choose wisely because the fools on the left, along with the squishes in the middle, will elect another credentialed moron.

    Ag80 (eb6ffa)

  21. Notice they haven’t gone after Jeb.

    AZ Bob (34bb80)

  22. It doesn’t mean they like him. Right now, they’re trying to cut Walker out of the herd and bring him down. Then they’ll go after the next, and the next, and the next. Standard dog-pack tactic.

    nk (dbc370)

  23. It’s really been amazing to see just how frantic the press is getting to try to find some way, ANY way, to smear Walker. And they can’t; he seems to be completely clean. They’re down to researching his years in high school and trying to fabricate dirt where there isn’t actually any.

    They seem terrified of him. I’m not surprised.

    Steven Den Beste (99cfa1)

  24. so why does daily beast still have the original story posted? it was
    wrong,wrong,wrong so why does a preamble that they are retracting the story “allow”
    them to keep the story up?

    seeRpea (3383a9)

  25. “btw: check out Natasha’s reaction tweets to the debunking of her story.”

    Well she is just helping Jezebel live up to its name. In the Bible Jezebel is said to have fabricated false evidence of blasphemy against an innocent landowner.

    Thresherman (07789c)

  26. Scott Walker is a long time friend of mine. He is the son of a Baptist Minister, he is an EAGLE SCOUT and he is honest and honorable. LIBTARDS are none of the aforementioned.

    Gus (7cc192)

  27. Maybe Madison is becoming 1/3 San Francisco, 2/3 Detroit.

    Speaking of which, this report is linked at today’s

    Reuters, February 27: Chicago drew closer to a fiscal free fall on Friday with a rating downgrade from Moody’s Investors Service that could trigger the immediate termination of four interest-rate swap agreements, costing the city about $58 million and raising the prospect of more broken swaps contracts.

    The downgrade to Baa2, just two steps above junk, and a warning the rating could fall further still, means the third-biggest U.S. city could face even higher costs in the future if banks choose to terminate other interest-rate hedges against fluctuations in interest rates. All told, Chicago holds swaps contracts covering $2.67 billion in debt, according to a disclosure late last year.

    Some Chicago debt is trading at worse levels than bonds sold by Illinois, which is paying the biggest yield penalty among states in the U.S. municipal bond market due to its own fiscal woes.

    ^ I posted the Chicago Tribune’s version of that same story in the (again, speaking of which) “Continuing Audacity of Scott Walker” thread, but which included the observation that “Chicago had the worst rating of any of the 30 biggest U.S. cities, according to Moody’s. The two other major ratings agencies have Chicago tied with the debt-plagued city of Philadelphia, with both ranked below all the other major cities they rate.”

    Somehow appropriate for a community most closely identified with Obama’s life history well after his growing-up and college years.

    Mark (c160ec)

  28. When the house leader spends most of his time pandering to the dems for enough votes to pass bills that should not be passed, team republican loses more voters everyday. The voters have spoken and team republican is more afraid of the media and what obama has on them, than the people of this country. boehner is a fricking democrat whore. borrowed that last word, happyfeet.

    mg (31009b)

  29. When you are confronted by a bully, you punch him in the nose.
    Boehner and McConnell won’t do that, but Walker does and will

    billypaintbrush (c91a0a)

  30. This happens because somebody has dishonest enemies (not that rare in contested elections but more rare this early – but if followed what was going on Wisconsin you’d be more alert)


    Because some or most media do not like to acknowledge they were tipped off, and like to pretend they researched it themselves. They wouldn’t look so bad, if they’d attributed it.

    And maybe we’d know more, because some of these stories are accurate as far as they go (often correctly quoted answers to trick questions or deal with common problems many politicians have) but unfair or misleading.

    Sammy Finkelman (a551ff)

  31. taking his lead from the Associated Press, Reuters propaganda slut Steve Holland dutifully regurgitates the narrative today

    But the Wisconsin governor’s rapid rise to the top of national polls of Republicans is coming at a cost. His recent verbal stumbles have made him look ill-prepared for the national spotlight and exposed his inexperience on the campaign trail.

    happyfeet (831175)

  32. “I don’t know why Scott Walker is so popular. Nobody in my therapy group likes him.”

    nk (dbc370)

  33. meanwhile Mike Pence, last seen extending obamacare to more loser-ass failmericans who want the yummy government welfares, is building his nascent presidential campaign around the idea that America’s corrupt pentagon piggies Need Moar Slop

    lots and lots moar slop

    “I believe the time has come to dramatically increase defense spending to confront the knowable and unknowable threats facing the United States and our allies in this still-new century,” Pence said.

    spend spend spend, hate on some gays, spend spend spend

    sounds like a winner

    happyfeet (831175)

  34. The media folks don’t care if the story is accurate or not. They know you can’t unring a bell, and the bell is ringing, ringing, ringing in all these hysterical, false stories. Scott Walker is the enemy!!

    Patricia (5fc097)

  35. “Somehow appropriate for a community most closely identified with Obama’s life history well after his growing-up and college years.”

    Mark – I don’t see the connection. Did Obama hold a positions in Chicago City government enabling him to increase the level of city borrowings? Please explain.

    daleyrocks (bf33e9)

  36. this one time i was just walking down the street by the river and obama stopped me and said hey wanna buy a parking meter

    and i said go eff yourself and kept walking

    true story

    happyfeet (831175)

  37. Mr. Feets – That was Richie Daley, who is white. Obama was already in Washington. You need new glasses.

    daleyrocks (bf33e9)

  38. Mr. Feets – I’ve got a Skyway to sell you, slightly used.

    daleyrocks (bf33e9)

  39. daleyrocks, at the very least, look up the definition of “metaphor.” Even more so since it’s not like the city of Chicago is dominated by conservative, staunchly Republican voters, politicians and policies.

    Happyfeet, if you visited bathhouses in Chicago several years ago, you may have run into Obama.

    Mark (c160ec)

  40. Mark – Guess what. Obama decided he wanted to be a Community Organizer before he graduated from Columbia University. He was heavily influenced by attending Socialist Scholars Conferences in New York City. He wrote to people, especially black politicians with a progressive agenda, all over the country, seeking organizing jobs. His first one was in New York in 1985 for Ralph Nader’s NYPIRG for three months before he moved to Chicago to work for Developing Communities Project. That was in June 1985, the middle of socialist mayor Harold Washington’s term. DCP was really an offshoot of United Neighborhoods Organization (UNO), a confrontational ACORN-type group focused on organizing Mexican-American neighborhoods. Obama’s job was to organize black neighborhoods on the South side of Chicago. The head of UNO is also known for his work at the Gamaliel Foundation, one of Obama’s long-term connections.

    So no, Mark, a contextless throwaway comment that it is somehow appropriate that a liberal president lived in a liberal indebted city is absolutely meaningless to me, but typical of your standards.

    daleyrocks (bf33e9)

  41. a liberal president lived in a liberal indebted city

    And other than that, Mrs Lincoln, how was the play?

    Mark (c160ec)

  42. Mark – Exactly, it would have been equally somehow appropriate under your criteria if Obama had lived in New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Cleveland, Detroit, Houston, St. Louis, New Orleans or a host of other cities. The reasons he choose Chicago is what is interesting, not your guilt by association game which can be virtually played anywhere, as we all know.

    daleyrocks (bf33e9)

  43. Scott Walker may very well decide not to run for president.

    This is not at all a sure thing, or a something that he decided to do.

    Sammy Finkelman (a551ff)

  44. Metaphors only work when they make sense, and when they originate from both an informed place and a logical place–quite unlike the “metaphor’ being pimped here. Like most conservatives I believe in and subscribe to the theory “if it can’t be sustained, it won’t be”. This applies to businesses, relationships, cities, and other things. Some things and institutions are not worth preserving. Great American cities are worth preserving. This is why people of the right who seek tangible, practical and workable ways to slow down/ameliorate/turn around long term left- tilting trends where they live–not just sit back and gloat over the failures– are the ones I respect.

    When he regularly roots for failure, claps and cheers and seems almost joyful when he can dig some up “bad news” or gossip while avoiding any and all positive information that would dilute his talking points, as one of the commenters here regularly does, it is disgusting and is beneath the intelligence and standards of most of the good people who frequent this blog.

    elissa (6ba77d)

  45. daleyrocks, in the other thread I stated you were being ridiculously obtuse. I’ll apply that characterization here too, since it’s not like Obama spent his years prior to 2009 in a fully well-managed town, one full of good schools with a low crime rate and no red ink, where most of his fellow residents and members of the local city hall would think and vote quite differently the way he did. In that scenario, yep, associating him with such a place wouldn’t make sense, unless I cited that as an interesting contradiction.

    Mark (c160ec)

  46. Elissa, you’re being absurdly obtuse too.

    Mark (c160ec)

  47. “I’ll apply that characterization here too, since it’s not like Obama spent his years prior to 2009 in a fully well-managed town, one full of good schools with a low crime rate and no red ink, where most of his fellow residents and members of the local city hall would think and vote quite differently the way he did.”

    Mark – Are you suggesting Obama lived in Chicago because he liked the high crime rates surrounding the neighborhood in which he lived, crappy inner city schools and similar amenities? Are you serious?

    How do you know anything about Obama’s views relative to Alderman from all over the city? I know you have not done any research and the Alderman are not a monolithic block.

    You are just grasping at straws to save a failed analogy which you did not have the testicular fortitude to research or defend.

    daleyrocks (bf33e9)

  48. Mark – Is Wendy Davis running for Governor of Texas somehow appropriate? She’s a big liberal in a red state. I really don’t understand your form of analysis.

    daleyrocks (bf33e9)

  49. daleyrocks, you’re fully aware of my, yes, frequent use of the phrase “limousine liberal,” so your theorizing I’m somehow equating the socio-economic mess that is Chicago (and “etc,” since I’m guessing your homer-ism must be influencing your defensiveness when the Windy City is portrayed in a less-than-glowing light), as something that Obama loves is ridiculous.

    Mark (c160ec)

  50. She’s a big liberal in a red state.

    And if I pointed her out and the fact she’s associated with Texas, I’d cite that as an interesting contradiction, not as a case of one (similar) thing leading to another (similar) thing.

    Mark (c160ec)

  51. Scott Walker rules Wisconsin from atop a throne of skulls. The funniest thing about this? All of the skulls were donated to his throne by their former owners.

    Russ from Winterset (30a992)

  52. “All of the skulls were donated to his throne by their former owners.”

    Russ from Winterset – While they were still alive!

    daleyrocks (bf33e9)

  53. You know, I’m starting to worry about earthquakes. San Francisco had that really big earthquake didn’t it?

    elissa (6ba77d)

  54. i do not understand about the skyway but it sounds fancy

    happyfeet (831175)

  55. along similar lines,

    the reporter referred, therein is a journolister,

    narciso (ee1f88)

  56. Jeb really isn’t that bad. He governed a big state fairly well, and was fiscally reasonable.

    Of course if he’s the proxy for the RINOs and the establishment, then I prefer he loses, but it’s not that big a deal. We have done much worse than Jeb in the last two cycles.

    Scott is awesome, of course. That he drives the right people nuts is only one reason.

    Dustin (2a8be7)

  57. Jeb, like Perry was one of the greats even the Cato institute before they hired the current idiot who rates the governors, was considered florida’s best all time governor.

    Considering that a major accomplishment with a state democrats Senate some of the time was all the more amazing.

    He will win a general election in a landslide.

    EPWJ (1fea69)

  58. Jeb is toxic drug-dealing loser-assed bushfilth he makes Hillary’s potentially historic old lady bits smell fresh fresh fresh as a day in may

    happyfeet (831175)

  59. Must be the Walker Derangement Syndrome making all these fine and upstanding MSM people commit journalistic malpractice–it couldn’t *possibly* be that they’re maliciously incompetent in general.

    *every sarcasm detector everywhere overloads and explodes like a supernova*

    M. Scott Eiland (725705)

  60. Not that you’ll be surprised, but the snotty lying Jezebel writer Natasha Vargas-Cooper who started all this had quite a reputation even before the Walker kerfuffle. Also, her dad, in case you didn’t know is liberal journalist Marc Cooper. (Marc Cooper, a Nation contributing editor, is an associate professor of professional practice and director of Annenberg Digital News at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.)

    elissa (da4b29)

  61. well here’s more of her wisdom

    narciso (ee1f88)

  62. well floor wax, desert topping, they can be incompetent and mendacious at the same time,

    narciso (ee1f88)

  63. Jeb reminds me too much of his father and seems to be distancing himself from the national security policies of his brother. That’s a lose-lose for me.

    DRJ (e80d46)

  64. These journalistic dynasty families, like the political dynasty families are starting to really annoy me.

    elissa (da4b29)

  65. a taste of irony, then again consider the writer:

    narciso (ee1f88)

  66. yeah, narciso, her “zeal for detail” is the first thing you notice!

    elissa (da4b29)

  67. it seems she’s been a little Ahab on the subject:

    narciso (ee1f88)

  68. Get ready for more lies from Jezebel and the left-wing media factory in the coming year. The 2016 election season is just heating up, and these writers have bills to pay!

    Hank (d7300e)

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