It’s under the Media Village radar, but the “Walker War” goes on in Wisconsin. From Dave Weigel in Slate:
Remember the Democrats in Wisconsin declaring that the vote on the budget repair bill was illegal? (For some reason, Jon Stewart thought this was hilarious.) Democrats are, so far, winning on that.
Finding that there are too many issues that require clarification, a state appeals court on Thursday sent the state attorney general’s appeal of a decision barring implementation of Gov. Scott Walker’s budget repair bill to the state Supreme Court…
The meaning of this: There is a Supreme Court election on April 5. Democrats are fighting hard to win it, because the current make-up of the court is roughly 4-3 conservative-liberal. This puts gas in the tank for both parties — the stakes are the same, but the prominence of the court has increased…
And the farce-intensive war draws another farcical casualty. Indiana Deputy Prosecutor Carlos F. Lam gets busted by The Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism for a “helpful” email to Scott Walker:
After praise for Walker, the email — sent Feb. 19, during union demonstrations against Walker’s budget repair bill — then took a darker turn. It suggested that the situation in Wisconsin presented “a good opportunity for what’s called a ‘false flag’ operation.”
“If you could employ an associate who pretends to be sympathetic to the unions’ cause to physically attack you (or even use a firearm against you), you could discredit the unions,” the email said. “Currently, the media is painting the union protest as a democratic uprising and failing to mention the role of the DNC and umbrella union organizations in the protest. Employing a false flag operation would assist in undercutting any support that the media may be creating in favor of the unions. God bless, Carlos F. Lam.”
God bless! Needless to say, Lam (whose “blog posts, video appearances and comments on the Internet paint the picture of an outspoken, politically active, longtime Republican who has publicly lambasted collective bargaining for state employee unions and alluded to government taxation as “essentially taking money at gunpoint.”… called Indiana “an unsustainable public worker gravy train bubble.”… said “unions & companies that feed at the gov’t trough will fight tooth & nail against anything that un-feathers their nests.”) immediately claimed his account had been hacked, and that he intended to file a police report. However, since WCIJ had put in the hard work required to render this excuse inoperative, Lam “admitted writing the email and resigned as deputy prosecutor of Johnson County” before the end of the business day.
By all means, go read the whole story, because it’s a sterling example of real journalism in action.
So… what other stories are we missing due to the squid-clouds of butt-hurt over the Latest Shiny Object?