JS Says No Journalists Signed Recalls
No story in the dead tree yet, but this statement was issued by JS Managing Editor George Stanley:
No Milwaukee Journal Sentinel journalists have signed recall petitions. Signing such petitions is against the Journal Sentinel newsroom’s ethics policy, which states: “We should avoid active involvement or membership in any causes -- politics, community affairs, social action, demonstrations -- that could compromise or appear to compromise our ability to report and edit fairly. We should refrain from signing petitions or otherwise identifying ourselves with public issues, groups or causes."
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has aggressively reported about judges who signed recall petitions, starting with breaking news online on March 6 about the Dane County judge who issued a temporary restraining order against the Voter ID law. This story, which also reported official Republican complaints with the judicial commission about the signings, appeared on the front page of the March 7 paper: http://bit.ly/z5eigq
Columnist Jim Stingl opined that the judge should have known better and remained independent, March 8:http://bit.ly/Hb0U3c
On March 16 on JS Online and March 17 in the newspaper, we reported on all of the Dane County and Milwaukee County judges who signed recall petitions – these were the two counties most likely to see lawsuits filed by Democrats against Republican initiatives. We also reported then that up to 27 judges statewide had signed the petition and there was no law against it: http://bit.ly/wtrq8T, http://bit.ly/wGVqlZ
A comment from "Hold Them Accountable":
Did the JS run a staff list through the Verify the Recall database? That's great. Once again, the te...a party performs an incredible act of civic awareness. Where would we be without them. Kudos the the JS for holding their employees accountable and kudos to We the People of the Republic, Wisconsin Grandsons of Liberty, True the Vote and all the volunteers who have made Verify the Recall a stunning success.
Looking forward to the JS editorial extolling the virtues of the project and encouraging the GAB to consider all the evidence of fraud these folks discovered. Also looking forward to the JS mea culpa for every reference to 'one million signatures" that found it's way on its pages.