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Thursday, March 03, 2011

Walker's Fraudulent Moment In True Journalism

Remember the lead character in a NY Times article Scott Walker was using as a shining example of internal discord among labor union members during his phone conversation with the phony Koch?

SCOTT WALKER: The New York Times, of all things--I don't normally tell people to read the New York Times, but the front page of the New York Times, they've got a great story--one of these unbelievable moments of true journalism--what it's supposed to be, objective journalism--they got out of the capital and went down one county south of the capital, to Janesville, to Rock County, that's where the General Motors plant once was.

IAN MURPHY as "DAVID KOCH": Right, right.

SCOTT WALKER: They moved out two years ago. The lead on this story's about a guy who was laid off two years ago, he'd been laid off twice by GM, who points out that everybody else in his town has had to sacrifice except for all these public employees, and it's about damn time they do and he supports me. And they had a bartender, they had--every stereotypical blue collar worker-type, they interviewed, and the only ones who weren't with us were ones who were either a public employee or married to a public employee. It's an unbelievable--so I went through and called all these, uh, a handful, a dozen or so lawmakers I worry about each day, and said to them, everyone, get that story and print it out and send it to anybody giving you grief.

Except that the laid off blue collar guy from Janesville, described as "a union man from a union town" in Walker's "unbelievable moments of true journalism" NY Times article, now says that he only worked at unionized factories, but was not himself a union member. (The Times contacted Mr. Hahn again to review his background after a United Auto Workers official said the union had no record of his membership.)

Full story at Huffington Post

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