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Friday, July 23, 2010

Radio Wing-Nutter Foams Over Newspaper's Hit Job On Heckenlively

Thursday's Janesville Gazette contained the newspaper's introductory article about John Heckenlively, the Democratic candidate for the 1st Congressional District of Wisconsin.

If you're a frequent reader of my blog, you'll understand what I mean when I say he was "royally gazetted." I don't know whether it was an exclusive interview or just stuff gleaned off the web or compiled from emails or what, but they did a major hit job on him.

Misleadingly titled, "Ryan's opponent calls for taxes and spending" and developed with parsed quotes, the context was reframed and inlaid against a schmoozy plug for believe it or not, Ryan's book about expanding GOP hyper-partisanship. Understand here, the Janesville Gazette covers the western third of the 1st CD and purports to be a legitimate news organization.

On Thursday morning, after declaring his love for Paul Ryan, the newspaper's slow-thinking and paycheck loyal radio wingnut, Stan Milam, bragged about Ryan's good fortune to have a newspaper perform such a wonderful hit job on the democratic candidate and declared Heckenlively's campaign over. Milam said, "stick a fork in him, he's over," as he used the newspaper's distortions to further ream him on the air - Fox News style.

Granted, Ryan's hometown publication stopped short of labeling Heckenlively a baby-killer or a Marxist and could have easily put the "tax and spend" title up as front-page headlines. But as it was, the newspaper along with their water-carrying mercenaries created a high-styled piece of message control that should be seen for what it is - GOP propaganda.

With Heckenlively's campaign still in it's infancy, he must be prepared for this every which way he turns and respond appropriately and decisively. Because there might not be many more chances after this before the distortions take hold.

Just for kicks here, a caller into the radio show challenged Milam to list all the great things Ryan has done for the working people in his district. Milam could not name even one single item off the top of his head and said he'll need time to work on it.

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