Hack Journalism

This week, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel hit an all time low.  In what can only be described as hack journalism, columnist Dan Bice reports a hearsay story from a single anonymous source with absolutely no back up.   The source, described by Bice as a prominent Green Bay area business leader, allegedly claimed that State Senator Rob Cowles (R- Green Bay) told him or her that Governor Walker’s office threatened to run a primary opponent against him if Cowles opposed the Governor’s Budget Repair Bill. Bice gratuitously mentioned that the Club for Growth ran adverting in Cowles district encouraging him to support the bill.

The offices of both Governor Walker and Senator Cowles told Bice that conversation never happened:
His campaign manager, Craig Summerfield, said Friday, “Rob doesn’t’t recall making any such call.” As far as he knows, Summerfield said his boss has not told anyone that he voted for the budget-repair measure to avoid facing a right-wing Republican challenger. Summerfield said Walker’s office never issued Cowles such a threat. Cullen Werwie, a spokesman for the governor, offered a stronger response. Werwie said no one in Walker’s office bullied the moderate Republican into voting for
the governor’s bill.
“Not true,” Werwie said. “That’s flat-out not true”

Bice said his source asked not to be identified by name because doing so would hurt the person’s business and industry relationships.

So Bice and his paper are protecting the identity of a source whose sole purpose is to ruin the reputations of both Senator Cowles and Governor Walker.  The reason for identifying sources in the first place is to allow the public to judge the veracity of their claims.

Bice and his editors have forever sacrificed their credibility and integrity to take a cheap shot at the Governor and a state senator who just happens to be running in a heated recall election.

Call or email Dan Bice. Tell him what you think. 414-223-5468.

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