Here is how one Wisconsin newspaper is handling its journalist(s) signing the recall petition: cover it up.
Below is from my hometown paper in Appleton, Wisconsin. It is from the Appleton Post Crescent. I hate calling out my home paper but this incident demands it.
9 Appleton Post Crescent employees signed the recall petition.
Every day you hear journalists demand ‘transparency’ from our politicians ….but now look, the newspapers – at least the Appleton Post Crescent – suddenly are not so interested in transparency. Apparently transparency with them is a one way street and it is how they define it (not disclosing all.)
In furtherance of the bias, the newspaper announces that “we have decided not to name the employees” who signed the recall of the Governor petition. Not naming those journalists protects them — and the fact the paper says the journalist or journalists who signed it are not political reporters are of no moment. They are reporters.
Plus, are readers really supposed to accept the word of the editors that these are not political reporters? Why should any reader trust the word of the editors when they won’t tell all? And perhaps the journalist who signed the petition is one of the editors? How would the reporter know? Then yes, the paper is right that it is not “political reporting,” but it is worse – an editor.
And what is even more absurd, is that the paper says (in part) “..in the interest of full transparency…” This is anything but transparency.
TIME TO COME CLEAN AND TELL ALL – REAL TRANSPARENCY – not cover up.
What do you think? should the journalists be named?