Of course: Walker’s opponent launches attack ad on debunked ‘criminal scheme’ controversy

posted at 6:41 pm on June 27, 2014 by Guy Benson

Of course she did.  The entire point of last week’s willfully dishonest media frenzy was to tee up this sort of ‘swirling allegations’ attack for Walker’s political adversaries.  The press buried — or outright ignored — the crucial context that “new” anti-Walker “revelations” were actually old, twice-rejected legal theories from a secret investigation that had been ordered halted by two different judges.  But the egregiously misleading, present-tense headlines didn’t have to be remotely accurate to serve their intended purpose:

That spot went live just days after Democrat Mary Burke (whose relationship with the truth has been…checkered) assured voters that the ‘John Doe’ investigation would not be a focus of her campaign.  Better still, it debuted on the same day that the special prosecutor’s office issued a clarifying statement confirming that Walker is not, and never was, a target of their (suspended) investigation.  In case you missed it yesterday, here’s how the investigators themselves described Walker’s non-involvement:

“At the time the investigation was halted, Governor Walker was not a target of the investigation. At no time has he been served with a subpoena…it is wrong for any person to point to this sentence in a legal argument as a finding by the special prosecutor that Governor Walker has engaged in a criminal scheme. It is not such a finding.”

Not only was Walker never charged or indicted — let alone convicted — he wasn’t even served with a single subpoena.  The Burke ad is garbage, and she knows it — yet her camp is aggressively refusing to pull it off the air, as demanded by Team Walker: “Scott Walker may not like that he is alleged by prosecutors to be at the center of a nationwide criminal scheme that is the subject of an ongoing investigation…but the facts speak for themselves  This ad will stay on the air,” the Burke campaign sneered in a press release.  Of course, the actual “facts” do speak for themselves, and they’re nowhere to be found in the commercial.  Also, the investigation is not “ongoing,” but whatever.  The true villain in all of this is not an opportunistic Democratic campaign capitalizing on journalistic malpractice; the villains are the lazy, biased journalists who passed Burke the ball for an easy layup.  When this non-story dropped last Friday, Wisconsin’s largest newspaper devoted its entire above-the-fold front page to blaring coverage.  The fact that the prosecutors’ allegations being trumpeted had been thrown out of state and federal court months earlier did not appear on said front page.  The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel’s editors have defended their horrible coverage in a thoroughly unconvincing manner:

[An editor's] answer to such criticism? He basically argues that the judicial rulings are old news, previously reported by the paper. But in advancing that line, Stanley acknowledges that the newsroom was 100% aware of the rulings when the documents were released last week. This makes the paper’s initial stories all the more reprehensible. While the newsroom knew that two separate judges had rejected the prosecution theory, it buried that crucial fact. Stanley acts as though the mere existence of the earlier stories provides the context that local and national readers would have needed last week.

What a pathetic standard:

Newspaper: Prosecutors say John Smith murdered his wife with a machete.

John Smith: Well, they said that a few months ago, but the case was thrown out of court — twice — and I was never even charged.

Newspaper: Yeah, and we wrote a story about it at the time.  But get a load of these machete murder allegations!

By the way, now that the special prosecutor has stepped forward to correct the record, how did the Journal-Sentinel elect to treat that development in today’s paper?

JSwalker

Accurate headline: “Prosecutors say Walker never a target of ‘John Doe,’ not implicated in ‘criminal scheme.’”  Actual headline: “No conclusions yet on filing charges in Doe, prosecutor says.”  Subhead: “Documents outline arguments for more investigation…”  Um, charges weren’t filed because two judges decisively repudiated “arguments for more investigation” and shut the whole enterprise down.  Readers who scanned this front page would still be in the dark about that all-important context, perhaps concluding that prosecutors were still just mulling things over. Meanwhile, the Washington Post and New York Times each showcased last week’s Walker “bombshell” in front page stories.  Today?  Zilch on the Post’s front page, while the New York Times features this fine-print gem at the very bottom of A1:

nytwalker

Wisconsin Inquiry is Halted: A prosecutor said he was unsure that he had enough evidence to charge the governor in fund-raising case.

The bolded bit would have been an accurate update several months ago. The three-line explanation fails to mention that perhaps the prosecutor was “unsure that he had enough evidence to charge the governor” because two courts have ruled that he did not, and because the governor wasn’t a target of the investigation.  Good lord.

Parting thought: The Burke ad also claims that Wisconsin ranks dead last in job creation among Midwestern states, according to one survey.  Naturally, it fails to mention that the state ranks among the top ten nationally in Gallup’s annual job creation index, released in February.  Ninety-five percent of Wisconsin job creators say the state is headed in the right direction, as do a majority of Badger state voters.  Walker’s successful budget reforms have helped create large budget surplus, some of which the governor is delivering back to taxpayers via sweeping tax relief.  His campaign has also noted that when Mary Burke was Commerce Secretary under the Doyle administration, “the state’s growth never exceeded 1 percent, lagging the nation every year,” adding that her tenure “was the only time in the last 25 years where Wisconsin’s unemployment rate exceeded that of the national average.”  Finally, it’s a bit rich for Burke to chide Walker for launching an issue-based attack ad in…a scurrilous attack ad of her own.


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Schadenfreude on June 27, 2014 at 6:43 PM

You can tell who the left fears.

TarheelBen on June 27, 2014 at 6:46 PM

Libruls being libruls. Nothing new.

CW on June 27, 2014 at 6:48 PM

Its a non-story and non-scandal. Lets hope the people of Wisconsin aren’t as dumb as the Dems think.

Jack_Burton on June 27, 2014 at 6:49 PM

Its a Fake Scandal!
–Democrat

(snark)

canopfor on June 27, 2014 at 6:49 PM

Ok, but just a reminder that Scott Walker is for amnesty if anyone cares or are we just going to role over and say that the establishment has won and not care about amnesty anymore?

anotherJoe on June 27, 2014 at 6:50 PM

“Not even a smidgen of corruption”

Schadenfreude on June 27, 2014 at 6:51 PM

Losers just can’t accept that they lost.

forest on June 27, 2014 at 6:59 PM

<blockquoteOk, but just a reminder that Scott Walker is for amnesty if anyone cares or are we just going to role over and say that the establishment has won and not care about amnesty anymore?

Nice try but when did Walker say he supported blanket amnesty?

I think when confronted by the MSM he gave the standard answer of “I support a path to citizenship” which for the right people who can contribute isn’t anything close to blanket amnesty for leeches and losers.

Are you yet another errand boy sent by your liberal grocery clerks to collect a bill?

celt on June 27, 2014 at 7:01 PM

Ok, but just a reminder that Scott Walker is for amnesty if anyone cares or are we just going to role over and say that the establishment has won and not care about amnesty anymore?

Nice try but when did Walker say he supported blanket amnesty?

I think when confronted by the MSM he gave the standard answer of “I support a path to citizenship” which for the right people who can contribute isn’t anything close to blanket amnesty for leeches and losers.

Are you yet another errand boy sent by your liberal grocery clerks to collect a bill?

celt on June 27, 2014 at 7:02 PM

Ok, but just a reminder that Scott Walker is for amnesty if anyone cares or are we just going to role over and say that the establishment has won and not care about amnesty anymore?

anotherJoe on June 27, 2014 at 6:50 PM

Nope. He’s not for amnesty.

Jack_Burton on June 27, 2014 at 7:03 PM

When you have nothing, throw BULLSHIT! There are people out there DUMB enough to believe you! King Barack succeeded TWICE!

GarandFan on June 27, 2014 at 7:07 PM

Guy, what is surprising, is the MSJ may have actually breached Sullivan on this. The damage George Stanley has done is massive and deep. We will know when CEO Steve Smith is force to let go of reporters and editors who were hip deep in this “story”.

flackcatcher on June 27, 2014 at 7:09 PM

Because when the truth is on your side, you have to lie.

Akzed on June 27, 2014 at 7:11 PM

Troll free thread, prolly.

Akzed on June 27, 2014 at 7:12 PM

Did anyone not see this coming when the “story” “broke”?

And liberals don’t understand conservatives’ distaste for the NYT…

I imagine Noah doesn’t see any here here.

ROCnPhilly on June 27, 2014 at 7:22 PM

You know if the Dems hate him that bad he might be worth a second look for 2016. Anyone have anything on his stance on guns? I haven’t seen anything about that from him. Him being from A Blue state makes me leery though.

Johnnyreb on June 27, 2014 at 7:31 PM

Look, regardless of whether you like Scott Walker it’s ridiculous to claim in the face of his how own words that he’s not for amnesty: http://dailycaller.com/2013/11/22/gov-walker-wants-to-open-the-door-to-immigrants/

http://hotair.com/archives/2013/07/03/video-scott-walker-supports-path-to-citizenship-for-illegals/

From the link, Scott Walker’s own words:

“If people want to come here and work hard and benefit, I don’t care whether they come from Mexico or Ireland or Germany or Canada or South Africa or anywhere else,” Walker said Tuesday during an interview with the Daily Herald Media Editorial Board of Wisconsin. “I want them here.”

Walker was then asked about the estimated 11 million immigrants living in the country illegally. The editorial board asked if he could “envision a world where with the right penalties and waiting periods and meet the requirements where those people could get citizenship?”

“Sure,” Walker responded. “I mean I think it makes sense.”

Note Scott Walker is from Wisconsin, home of super rino and amnesty kingpin Paul Ryan. Apparently WI Repubs are big on amnesty.

anotherJoe on June 27, 2014 at 7:42 PM

Ok, but just a reminder that Scott Walker is for amnesty if anyone cares or are we just going to role over and say that the establishment has won and not care about amnesty anymore?

anotherJoe on June 27, 2014 at 6:50 PM

Nope. He’s not for amnesty.

Jack_Burton on June 27, 2014 at 7:03 PM

Sure. You’re right. He never said he was for amnesty. Just, er, um…whatever this is:

On Friday, Walker backed business’ demands for easy access to immigrant workers. “From an immigration standpoint, it is simple, if you want to come into America today legally, it is very, very difficult from my point of view and the people I talk to — very difficult to do so on a timely basis,” Walker said.

But Walker declined to comment on the Senate bill.

“I don’t get caught up in the bills or legislation… it is not what what I was elected to do. I was elected to govern my state,” he said.

Dr. ZhivBlago on June 27, 2014 at 7:48 PM

The editorial board asked if Walker could “envision a world where with the right penalties and waiting periods and meet the requirements where those people could get citizenship?”

“Sure,” Walker responded. “I mean I think it makes sense.”

Ok, there’s going to be a lot of Walker fans that say, well, “he doesn’t really mean it,” or “Walker is different and has said he’s not for amnesty.” Like, Rubio said he’s not for amnnesty. Actually, there are scores of Republican prospects that are not squishes on amnesty.

The crazy thing is that Walker’s position is totally in line with Rubio’s. Eric Canter himself is better on amnesty than Walker. At least Canter and Boehner et all want “Amensty Lite” where citizenship isn’t a part of it (of the initial bill). No, Walker is just as much for amnesty as Rubio is.

anotherJoe on June 27, 2014 at 7:50 PM

Ok, but just a reminder that Scott Walker is for amnesty if anyone cares or are we just going to role over and say that the establishment has won and not care about amnesty anymore?

anotherJoe on June 27, 2014 at 6:50 PM

Bunk. Another lie. So, you work for the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, too?

HiJack on June 27, 2014 at 8:19 PM

Maybe we do need British-style liable laws? Or at least a repeal of Sullivan v. NYT.

Another Drew on June 27, 2014 at 8:22 PM

The editorial board asked if Walker could “envision a world where with the right penalties and waiting periods and meet the requirements where those people could get citizenship?”

“Sure,” Walker responded. “I mean I think it makes sense.”

Ok, there’s going to be a lot of Walker fans that say, well, “he doesn’t really mean it,” or “Walker is different and has said he’s not for amnesty.” Like, Rubio said he’s not for amnnesty. Actually, there are scores of Republican prospects that are not squishes on amnesty.

The crazy thing is that Walker’s position is totally in line with Rubio’s. Eric Canter himself is better on amnesty than Walker. At least Canter and Boehner et all want “Amensty Lite” where citizenship isn’t a part of it (of the initial bill). No, Walker is just as much for amnesty as Rubio is.

anotherJoe on June 27, 2014 at 7:50 PM

Amnesty means “a forgetting or overlooking of any past offense” Is that what Walker said he’s for? No, actually, he said just the opposite of amnesty-he said he thinks illegals should be penalized. You may disagree with him about what the right penalties should be, but don’t lie about his words and intent.

People like you who misrepresent are muddying the waters, and only allowing the problem with illegals in this country to continue to grow.

non-nonpartisan on June 27, 2014 at 8:24 PM

“the right penalties and waiting periods”

Lol. That’s exactly what the Rubio bill was. Indeed, the Rubio bill was that because of the “penalties” and “waiting period” the millions of illegals and their relatives would get not amnesty but earn-esty. Right.

anotherJoe on June 27, 2014 at 8:36 PM

anotherJoe on June 27, 2014 at 7:50 PM

Liar!

It’s already been shown that the original right-wing site that reported Walker as being for amnesty was inaccurate in quoting him.

Go back to Infowars or wherever else you came from loser.

UnstChem on June 27, 2014 at 8:36 PM

Lol. That’s exactly what the Rubio bill was. Indeed, the Rubio bill was that because of the “penalties” and “waiting period” the millions of illegals and their relatives would get not amnesty but earn-esty. Right.

anotherJoe on June 27, 2014 at 8:36 PM

You’re obviously too stupid to understand that “amnesty” and “penalizing” have opposite meanings. You’re as amoral as the GOPe.

non-nonpartisan on June 27, 2014 at 8:39 PM

The Walker campaign needs to run ads about the protest back at the State Capital a few years back and show the 8 million dollars damage and remind them the people who were responsible then are the same people backing this loon.These kind of sleazy tactics her camp is using will work here in California like a charm but Wisconsonites are not stupid enough to fall for this sleaze.

jeffinsjvca on June 27, 2014 at 8:43 PM

You’re obviously too stupid to understand that “amnesty” and “penalizing” have opposite meanings. You’re as amoral as the GOPe.

non-nonpartisan on June 27, 2014 at 8:39 PM

I don’t appreciate the personal attack. I am just trying to discuss the issue. Is this what hotair has devolved into? Baseless vicious attacks on fellow commenters?

anotherJoe on June 27, 2014 at 8:44 PM

I don’t appreciate the personal attack. I am just trying to discuss the issue. Is this what hotair has devolved into? Baseless vicious attacks on fellow commenters?

anotherJoe on June 27, 2014 at 8:44 PM

You sound like the GOPe here, too. If you can’t take the heat, get out of the kitchen, whiner.

I am not interested in a discussion about this with someone like you-you’re not honest enough for me.

non-nonpartisan on June 27, 2014 at 8:47 PM

anotherJoe,

You realize you’re arguing against hard-core Tea-Party conservatives who have criticized Ted Cruz this week because he graciously congratulated Thad Cochran for his win right?

You’re the dumbass who’s arguing against the people who hold your conservative ideals more tightly than yourself.

But, no fear, come hell or high water, everyone needs to know how pro-amnesty Walker is because you’re part of a very elite few that know he was outed. Regardless of how erroneous the original claim was. It’s the nature of the charge that counts right?

You’re just as much of a horse’s rear-end as the Democrats trying to make him out to be as evil as a baby-rapist.

UnstChem on June 27, 2014 at 8:51 PM

Ok, but just a reminder that Scott Walker is for amnesty if anyone cares or are we just going to role over and say that the establishment has won and not care about amnesty anymore?

anotherJoe on June 27, 2014 at 6:50 PM

What the hell does that have to do with the topic of the post? Even if he is for amnesty, it doesn’t make Burke’s ad less dishonest, or the media’s culpability in spreading the lie any less awful.

changer1701 on June 27, 2014 at 8:51 PM

What the hell does that have to do with the topic of the post? Even if he is for amnesty, it doesn’t make Burke’s ad less dishonest, or the media’s culpability in spreading the lie any less awful.

changer1701 on June 27, 2014 at 8:51 PM

Nothing, of course. =)

non-nonpartisan on June 27, 2014 at 8:57 PM

Don’t threaten anotherJoe’s sense of self-esteem by questioning his super-secret, ultra-elite truth about Scott Walker.

UnstChem on June 27, 2014 at 9:01 PM

You’re the dumbass…

You’re just as much of a horse’s rear-end as the Democrats

It’s already been shown that the original right-wing site that reported Walker as being for amnesty was inaccurate in quoting him.

Go back to Infowars or wherever else you came from loser.

UnstChem on June 27, 2014 at 8:36 PM

http://hotair.com/archives/2013/07/03/video-scott-walker-supports-path-to-citizenship-for-illegals/

Here we got more civil discussion on hotair. Is that what the owners of hotair want?

anotherJoe on June 27, 2014 at 9:05 PM

Here we got more civil discussion on hotair. Is that what the owners of hotair want?

anotherJoe on June 27, 2014 at 9:05 PM

I think they’d really prefer if a whiner like you would stop trying to continue your tangent about Scott Walker’s view of amnesty in a thread that’s unrelated to that topic. Pretty crazy of me, huh?

non-nonpartisan on June 27, 2014 at 9:08 PM

I think they’d really prefer if a whiner like you..

non-nonpartisan on June 27, 2014 at 9:08 PM

Am I a “whiner” for taking offense at the profanities and insults when I come to hotair to simply discuss issues rationally. There seems to be a whole lot of that going on, all gratuitous. It’s not professional, and detracts from the reading, and commenting experience.

anotherJoe on June 27, 2014 at 9:20 PM

Just another example that liberalism is a mental disorder. They are comlete scumbags.

Ta111 on June 27, 2014 at 9:21 PM

ts a non-story and non-scandal. Lets hope the people of Wisconsin aren’t as dumb as the Dems think.

Jack_Burton on June 27, 2014 at 6:49 PM

These stories aren’t for Wisconsin voters. It’s for 2016.

wifarmboy on June 27, 2014 at 9:24 PM

Am I a “whiner” for taking offense at the profanities and insults when I come to hotair to simply discuss issues rationally. There seems to be a whole lot of that going on, all gratuitous. It’s not professional, and detracts from the reading, and commenting experience.

anotherJoe on June 27, 2014 at 9:20 PM

I stand by everything I’ve said about you, as you keep confirming my thoughts. =)

I can see you’re not smart enough to think about what I’ve said, or to focus on the thread’s topic. I’ll stop feeding you. You’re boring, anyway.

non-nonpartisan on June 27, 2014 at 9:25 PM

It’s not professional, and detracts from the reading, and commenting experience.

anotherJoe on June 27, 2014 at 9:20 PM

And your inaccurate, unrelated claims in this post are professional, add something worthwhile, and enhance the experience?

UnstChem on June 27, 2014 at 9:27 PM

Of course: Walker’s opponent launches attack ad on debunked ‘criminal scheme’ controversy

The earlier it is launched the longer it can be repeated over, and over, and over again, until enough sheeple believe it’s true.

farsighted on June 27, 2014 at 10:12 PM

Guy Benson often posts articles defending or promoting Christie and Walker, but never Cruz or the TEA party.

bluegill on June 28, 2014 at 1:26 AM

Guy Benson often posts articles defending or promoting Christie and Walker, but never Cruz or the TEA party.

bluegill on June 28, 2014 at 1:26 AM

Stop your expected complaining about the hosts, talk about the actual topic, or simply shut up, lying troll.

I have said many times that I post here for gags, stunts and shows.

libfreeordie on June 24, 2014 at 9:00 PM and bluegill everytime “she” posts

non-nonpartisan on June 28, 2014 at 1:56 AM

Wisconsin is not a blue state. It is semi-purple having a mixture of conservative farmers with the oldest Progressive traditions in the country, having been settled by Scandinavians that still retain an old group feeling of needing to protect their rural citizens from wealthy Wall Street predators. (See, Robert La Follette. Also see, a liberal bubble proudly surrounding the University of Wisconsin/ Madison.)

But Wisconsin units were the toughest fighters in Sherman’s Army of the West, and they are still very pro gun rights. And they have a special Blogger called Althouse you can read frequently linked to by Instapundit, who is Mr Gunrights himself.

jimw on June 28, 2014 at 2:14 AM

Democrats lie is all

TX-96 on June 28, 2014 at 6:18 AM

I don’t appreciate the personal attack. I am just trying to discuss the issue. Is this what hotair has devolved into? Baseless vicious attacks on fellow commenters?

anotherJoe on June 27, 2014 at 8:44 PM

No, you’re not attempting to discuss the issue, you’re attempting to demagogue the issue.

Using your own quote, he states that with the right penalties and wait periods, they could be allowed to get citizenship. There is no discussion as to what the “right” penalties and waits are.

Tell your manager you need another hour on the anotherJoe ID to come up with a better argument.

Fail.

NavyspyII on June 28, 2014 at 8:19 AM

Walker is doing a great job. The fact that the Leftist Dems are so busy smearing him must mean they are REALLY scared. Unfortunately, this kind of garbage occurs. I don’t like it and when taken to an extreme, aka Mississippi, not excuse.

MN J on June 28, 2014 at 8:23 AM

Walker better figure out a way to fight this cuz if he ends up being our nominee in ’16, he’ll be going against Killary or Fauxahontas and the lying smears will continue. Better to put it to bed and behind you now.

Kissmygrits on June 28, 2014 at 10:03 AM

Liberals = Liars.

In other news, the Sun rose this morning FROM THE EAST!!!!

oldleprechaun on June 28, 2014 at 11:18 AM

The DNC is doing the same sort of hatchet job on Rick Scott in FL. In 2010, when he first ran, the DNC ran ads stating how he was deeply involved in the biggest Medicare Fraud in the US. He was not ever convicted of anything and was not the target of the investigation. His corporation purchased some smaller hospitals that were under that investigation and were the target and they were convicted of the Medicare Fraud. He survived that false attack in 2010 and I hope he survives again. Charlie Crist the democrat candidate (after having served as a republican governor). We need to have the spotlight turned on for these attack ads that border on libel and slander.

evie1949 on June 28, 2014 at 12:14 PM

I would like to see our side start suing over these kind of lies. I’m sure we’d almost never win but it would bring attention to the Democrat’s smear machine and their policy of personal destruction.

joekenha on June 28, 2014 at 1:06 PM

To say that he “isn’t working for you” sets up a false standard, or rather one that has been promoted by ad men and campaign consultants. Those who run government are working for us only in the broad sense that they’re supposed to be making it work smoothly, efficiently and according to the Constitution.

No one can do a good job who attempts to make everybody think they’re running him. More likely, he’s serving himself and hiding the truth from the voters.

flataffect on June 28, 2014 at 11:03 PM