Skip to comments.Heinous Bias: Media Ignores Two Court Rulings Rejecting 'New' Walker 'Scandal'
Posted on 06/20/2014 1:34:18 PM PDT by jazusamo
Welcome to a genuine phony scandal. You may have caught a glimpse of the lurid headlines this morning, which were splashed across thefront pages of many of America'sleading newspapers -- and, indeed, on our own website: "Prosecutors Say Scott Walker at the Center of Criminal Scheme." The resulting impression is that the Wisconsin governor is embroiled in a serious new scandal, in which charges may be imminent. Nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, the media's breathless coverage of a recent document release has largely promulgated the opposite of the truth. On that score, Gabriel Malor, an attorney and blogger, has amust-read primer at The Federalist. It lays bare the thorough dishonesty and inanity of the current press coverage.
For the uninitiated, Democratic district attorneys in Wisconsin opened a secret investigation into whether Gov. Walker's campaign illegally coordinated with outside conservative groups during the acrimonious recall election of 2012. The sealed nature of the probe (known as a "John Doe" investigation) barred its targets from even acknowledging its existence in public. When the partisan prosecutors presented their "evidence" in pursuit of a subpoena, they were swiftly thrown out of state court for lack of probable cause. When a conservative activist targeted by "John Doe" sued the prosecutors for abuse of power and violating his rights, a federal judge emphatically sided with him, ordering the investigation be shut down, and paving the way for the retaliatory lawsuit to proceed. Malor picks up the thread:
After a short trip to a federal appeals court, the federal judge reissued his order that the John Doe probe cease. Most recently, that appeals court has ordered some of the previously secret probe documents disclosed to the public, including an unsuccessful defense that the John Doe investigators made to one of their secret subpoenas. In their attempt to get a subpoena, which was rejected by a judge for lacking probable cause , the partisan investigators claimed that Walker was involved in the so-called conservative conspiracy. And that is where the litigation stands as of today. Having launched a secret probe that has now been shut down by both the state and federal courts, the Democratic district attorneys find themselves the subject of an ongoing civil rights lawsuit for infringing the First Amendment rights of conservatives. But that is not how the media have reported the case. Upon the unsealing of some of the probe documents by the federal appeals court, the media worked itself into a frenzy claiming that Walker was part of a criminal conspiracy. The media claim was based entirely on the subpoena document that was denied by the state judge as failing utterly to demonstrate probable cause to believe a crime occurred. In short: the judge, looking at all the evidence, found no reason to believe that a crime had occurred. That has not stopped the media from falsely implying otherwise.
Read the whole thing -- really. Here's the bottom line: The just-released court documents that prompted exhilarated hyperventilating from the media entailed accusations from partisan prosecutors that were (a) reviewed by state and federal judges and (b) summarily tossed out of court. Indeed, a federal judge determined prosecutors' conduct in the matter had been so improper that a civil rights lawsuit against was "likely to succeed on their claim that the defendants investigation violates their rights under the First Amendment, such that the investigation was commenced and conducted without a reasonable expectation of obtaining a valid conviction. That's an unambiguous and devastating rebuke. The only reason the sealed documents were made public this week is that they're now at the center of the lawsuit against the prosecutors. And yet, our corrupt media is seizing upon the unsealing of rejected allegations from a failed prosecution as breaking news against Walker. Many reports are using the present tense to describe the anti-Walker bombshell: Prosecutors allege. Prosecutors Say. No, prosecutors alleged. Prosecutors said. And they were sent packing by state and federal judges in no uncertain terms because their allegations lacked merit. The same federal judge just unloaded on the prosecutors again, blasting them for seeking refuge in the Court of Public Opinion, having lost in this Court of law. Allahpundit marvels at aWashington Post story that analyzes how badly Walker could be damaged by the "new" "scandal" (verdict: he could lose this fall, irreversibly marring any presidential ambitions) without ever mentioning the relevant court rulings:
Imagine if someone was sued, won his case, and the media reports the next day focused only on the plaintiffs accusations without mentioning the verdict. Thats how desperate the left and their friends in the press are to punish Walker for his dual affront of signing the collective barganing law and beating back a liberal challenge in the 2012 recall election. Hes got a knack for thwarting them and they know it; now they need to try to blow him up on the launchpad before hes reelected again and looks to 2016.
That is disgracefully terrible journalism. Credit is due to Vox, a left-leaning online publication, for accurately summarizing the state of this investigation in a pair of pull quotes: "Judge Peterson ruled that prosecutors failed to show probable cause no charges have been filed against anyone, and none appear imminent." That's correct. Walker's office released a scathing column on today's developments. An excerpt:
The truth on the widely covered John Doe is that two judges, one state and one federal, reviewed the accusations of partisans within a Democrat District Attorneys Office and determined their theories have no merit or basis in law. Each of these judges explicitly issued judicial orders that these partisan prosecutors must end their investigation immediately. These are the truths that need to be stated over and over again to fight the slander directed at me and our campaign by my political opponents. Still, many in the media proceed as though the opinion of the partisan prosecutors is new information and ignore the truths I have stated above. It is not. It is old news that has already been discounted by two judges. No charges. No case.
The governor appeared on Fox & Friends this morning to cut throughthe blizzard of reckless and ignorant (or worse) reporting on this matter:
Scott Walker: 'No Doubt' Media, Left Trying to Do to Me What They Did to Chris Christie
And Rush stated that their are OPEN Civil Law Suits by Conservative organizations against the DAs.
Thou shalt create an illusion of invulnerability shared by most members to foster excessive optimism and encourage extreme risks taking
Thou shall not allow any member to question the group's inherent morality, instead members shall be encouraged to ignore the ethical or moral consequences of their decisions
Thou shalt promote collective efforts to rationalize in order to discount warnings, or other information that might lead members to reconsider their assumptions before they recommit themselves to their assumptions
Thou shalt reinforce stereotyped views of enemy leaders as too evil to warrant genuine attempts to negotiate, or as too weak and stupid to counter whatever risky attempts are made to defeat their purpose
Thou shalt self-censor any deviation from the apparent group consensus, inclining each member to minimize the importance of their doubts and counterarguments
Thou shalt create and maintain a shared illusion of unanimity concerning judgement conforming to the majority view
Thou shalt apply direct pressure on any member who expresses strong arguments against any of the group's stereotypes, illusions, or commitments, making clear that this type of dissent is contrary to what is expected of all loyal members
Thou shalt appoint mind guards to protect the group from adverse information that might shatter their shared complacency about the effectiveness and morality of their decisions
Another attempt to explain John Doe to the masses and the LIVs
Freep Mail me if you want on, or off, this Wisconsin interest ping list.
Yep, it’d be sweet if they get disbarred.
You’re fast, was going to ping you...Thanks.
*BUMP* Love My Gov!
This is the headline on KSTP news in Minneapolis. No bias or propaganda, right?????
“””””Documents were Just Latest Setback for Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker “”””””””
I’m glad to see such a vibrant defense of Walker by all the conservative quarters in the media and elsewhere, in light of this outrageously phoney, ginned-up “scandal.”
But it also makes me think back to how these same defenders were nowhere to be found when another governor, Palin, was being similarly pummelled, by a Dem conspiracy to financially bankrupt her and her family via ludicrous lawsuits, all while deliberately smearing her and dragging her family through the tabloid mud. Heard nothing but crickets. Yeah, I admit it... I’m still EXTREMELY bitter about that.
Don’t blame you! Oh how I wish we had a Governor like Scott Walker in WA state.
I hear you.
It’ll take ten years for a verdict to be reached; by then, Hillary should be into her second term.
Love our future Prez!!!!
The “media” losers are such degenerates. They mirror the liar behaviors of their loves: the LIBs/DIMs.
... this is exactly what we need in a POTUS!
Gov. Scott Walker shows superior strength and courage under (legal and media) fire; and,
... this is exactly what we need in a POTUS!
You Betcha...... haa........ He’s the best.
DITTO!!!!! And he comes across as a gentleman.
They need a scandal on the right to counterbalance the slue of Obama scandals. And, they’re audience is so ill informed they have to gin it up against a usual suspect: Walker.
Next week is “the Koch Brothers”.
It all displays how stupid their dwindling audiences are.
Bump! We need many more like him.
Well, in 2004 you almost got someone 'closer' to the right but good old King County came through for Gregorie!
Yep, King County is commie land and they mostly rule the state.
Could the GOP join a suit with Gov. Walker and sue the media outlets that slandered him? THIS CRAP HAS TO BE STOPPED—FOR ALL CANDIDATES.
I saw that headline at the top of breaking news at Free Republic, and then heard Walker himself explain the smear.
The Free Republic comments were pro-Walker, of course, but the headline was a propaganda device by the left. That headline WAS the play they were making. That headline was what the liberal opposition WANTED to be broadcast.
So, in that sense Free Republic was injured in its mission of providing real news.
This tactic of the left shows how important it is that Jim Robinson allows comments about threads to be included with the actual title but in parenthesis.
Sometimes it would be wise for moderators to add parenthetical comments if the original poster does not. When the opposition is using the title as the propaganda it is disseminating, then that would be one of those times.
If the Dems can’t win by fair means, foul will do quite nicely. Which is what they are reduced to in the Walker case. Dems are experts at the art of the smear.
You make a good point.
I won’t post derogatory articles like that until I know it’s not propaganda by the Rat media and many times it’s hard to tell.
I agree. The liberal media is slick.