By Collin Roth
One of the most prolific signs of media bias is who reporters go to for quotes and “expert” analysis.
In the wake of Dane County Circuit Court Judge Juan Colas’ bombshell decision to declare Act 10 unconstitutional, the mainstream media rushed to cover the decision by asking the usual suspects from higher education to weigh in. On Saturday September 15, just a day after the decision was published, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel turned to Marquette Law School professors Janine Geske and Paul Secunda.
Janine Geske is of course the former Justice of the Wisconsin Supreme Court who retired in 1998. Upon retiring, Geske made two donations to the campaign of the most liberal member of the Court, Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson. This past spring, Geske along with a group of partisans and Walker recall signers, helped author an editorial in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel lauding the conduct of Milwaukee District Attorney John Chisholm after Media Trackers uncovered 43 members of his staff signing the recall petition. The editorial writers declared of DA Chisholm’s not-so-secret John Doe investigation, “There is no evidence of partiality or bias. There is no evidence of incompetence, undue delay or improper motive.”
Just six days after Geske’s editorial declaring “no evidence of pariality or bias,” Media Trackers published a photo of a Recall Walker sign in the yard of David Budde, the Milwaukee District Attorney’s Chief Investigator in the John Doe.
In addition to Geske, the Journal Sentinel turned to Marquette Law professor Paul M. Secunda. Secunda, an expert in labor law, opined that Colas’ appeal would receive a “frosty” reception from conservatives. But what the Journal Sentinel nor Secunda tell readers is that Secunda called Act 10 “un-American” in an editorial in Madison’s Cap Times. Secunda declared collective bargaining rights to be “human rights that international law recognizes.”