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Barnes Pushes Discredited Lincoln Memorial Confrontation Narrative

Wisconsin Lt. Governor Mandela Barnes employed a now discredited narrative of a confrontation at the Lincoln Memorial Friday during a Martin Luther King Day event at the UW-Madison Campus Monday. The confrontation was between a Native-American elder and students from Covington Catholic High School in Kentucky. As USA Today Reported: A viral 3-minute, 44-second clip […]

Are the Watchdogs Still Watching Local Government?

By Jerry Bader and Sam Morateck In June 2017, no media was present when Washington Middle School teacher Kertsin Westcott told the Green Bay School Board she was resigning because of what she described as unsafe conditions at the school for both staff and students due to unchecked unruly behavior by some students. Westcott’s sometimes […]

Evers Appointment Refused to Recite Pledge of Allegiance

If Wisconsinites are wondering how different an administration under Governor-elect Tony Evers will be, one of his first transition team appointments may provide a clue. On Tuesday, Evers announced Dane County Supervisor Jamie Kuhn will be one of his policy advisors. Kuhn is in her second stint as a county supervisor, after she caused a […]

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 […]