media

Five Years After the Recalls: Whatever Happened to…Ed Schultz?

(The following is one in a series of posts looking at the players; political, media, or activist, who were prominent  in the 2011-12 Wisconsin Recalls. Monday is the 5th anniversary of the failed effort to recall Governor Scott Walker in the wake of Act 10.) For liberals in Wisconsin, fewer media personalities were as friendly […]

The Journal-Sentinel’s Photo ID Hypocrisy

The distance between stating something as  fact and strongly implying it is fact appears to be wide when it comes to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. Their PolitiFact operation put this Tammy Baldwin tweet to its “truth-o-meter” test: Voter turnout in 2016 was reduced by approx. 200,000 votes because of WI’s photo ID laws. We need to […]

ABC News Falls for Spoof Trump Twitter Handle

Dealing with mistakes has long been a fact of life for journalists. The traditional course of action is to acknowledge the mistake, correct the mistake, apologize if necessary, and then move on. But in the era of any story less than 100% accurate being labeled “fake news” the temptation to quietly expunge the mistake from […]

Liberals Freaks Out Over “Thousands More Births”

Sometimes it’s the most casual of comments which give the most insight. That happened on Monday as the world was combing through the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) score on the American Health Care Act (AHCA); House Republicans’ attempt to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), better known as “Obamacare.” While many focused on the […]

Reporter No Longer in a Hurry to Defend Pipeline Hit Piece

In January, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel ran a two-part series on the Enbridge pipeline system running under Wisconsin and the Straits of Mackinac. In a decidedly alarmist tone, reporter Dan Egan strongly implied the pipelines posed a potential hazard to the public. Media Trackers responded with a piece that heavily quoted a spokesperson for Enbridge. Our […]

Media Analysis: “So Rumor Qualifies as News Now?”

For a profession so obsessed these days with the proliferation of “Fake News,” you’d think they’d know it when it comes up and smacks them in the face. Apparently not, because Monday saw a number of national and Wisconsin-based news outlets go into a tailspin based solely on the words of one the most partisan […]

Media Trackers Podcast Feb. 8: Duffy Responds to Media Attacks over CNN Interview

Media Trackers Communications Director Jerry Bader interviewed 7th District Congressman, Republican Sean Duffy. Among the topics covered: An interview Duffy gave to CNN on Tuesday. You can hear the podcast here: Several media outlets pounced on a comment Duffy made during the interview with CNN’s Alisyn Camerota about how the Trump administration handles terrorism. The […]

Why Wisconsin’s Latest Liberal Talk Effort Likely Will Fail

A new Wisconsin liberal talk radio station will sign on next month. If history is any indicator, it is a longshot to succeed. That’s because the deck is stacked against commercial the liberal talk format and it has nothing to do with conservative talk radio. As it always does, optimism is accompanying the Left’s latest […]