media

5 Years Later, Gosnell Media Blackout Continues

Five years ago, the national media largely ignored the story of a Philadelphia abortion doctor accused of killing healthy babies after they were born.  Today, the media is now largely ignoring a movie that chronicles those horrific events. On WTMJ radio  Media Trackers Communications Director Jerry Bader spoke with Phelim McAleer co-producer of “Gosnell: The Trial […]

How Wisconsin Media Handled the Baldwin Fundraiser Story

Fox News and CNN both reported Thursday on a planned Oct. 1 fundraising event for Wisconsin Democratic Senator Tammy Baldwin that was to feature the lawyers for Professor Christine Blasey Ford. Ford has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her in the early 1980’s when both were in high school. CNN reported […]

TV Show Celebrates Death

1969’s Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid is considered one of the best movies of the latter half of the 20th century. It might also mark the birth of the “anti-hero” drama that defines much of the entertainment medium today. The movie portrayed blowing up trains and robbing banks in comedic terms. Two people who […]

Scaffidi to Join Handler on Stage Despite Homophobic Tweet

By James Wigderson for Media Trackers If comedian-turned-activist Chelsea Handler shows up at the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center in Appleton as scheduled on February 1st, WTMJ talk show host Steve Scaffidi will be there to ask her some questions. Handler, the former star of E!’s “Chelsea Lately” and Netflix’s “Chelsea,” is scheduled to appear […]

AP And Wisconsin’s Murder Rate

After Governor Scott Walker drew attention to Madison’s murder rate, AP’s Scott Bauer pointed to Wisconsin’s overall murder rate under Walker. Which number is more relevant? Sam Morateck examines the issue today at Wisconsin Media Check.  

Media Mischaracterizes Local Ordinances Bill

One would think having uniform rules around the state of Wisconsin regarding labor law, and wages wouldn’t be controversial. But that’s exactly how a report from early December in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel made a bill authored by and now being circulated by state Senator Chris Kapenga (R-Delafield). You can read our entire analysis at […]

Gannett Stunningly Indifferent to Attack on Sen. Rand Paul

An alleged dispute over lawn clippings led to US Senator Rand Paul breaking five ribs with lacerations to his lungs after his neighbor attacked him. But even after this serious event, Gannett news outlets, including the Journal Sentinel are seemingly taking the attacker’s side or, at the very least, downplaying the incident. While there was […]

Mining Opponents Hit the Road with Media Tour

With time ticking away before the state legislature is set to take up SB 395; a bill which would lift the Wisconsin moratorium on sulfide mining, environmental groups are pulling out all the stops to kill the bill before it goes to the floor for a vote. According to the bill’s lead author, state Senator Tom […]

Court Buys NYT “We’re So Clueless” Defense in Palin Defamation Suit

A federal judge Tuesday dismissed Sarah Palin’s defamation lawsuit against the New York Times. Palin sued after a Times opinion piece in June falsely tied Palin to the 2011 shooting of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and others in Arizona. The Times editorial included a long discredited claim that shooter Jared Loughner was motivated by an ad […]