The lies liberals are telling about Scott Walker in the media keep unraveling.
The latest embarrassment is The Daily Beast, a website with pretensions to actual journalism. It published a piece Friday by a student columnist who accused the Republican Wisconsin governor of proposing a budget that would end requirements on reporting rapes on campus.
The Daily Beast had to retract entire article as more fiction than fact and issued a statement of apology.
We deeply regret the error and apologize to Gov. Walker and our readers. Our original story should be considered retracted.apologize
The crucial error came because the Daily Beast relied on the notoriously shallow feminist website Jezebel, which also had to apologize.
With its report, the Daily Beast became the second major outlet within the same number of weeks to apologize for saying it got a story wrong about Walker, who is now cruising in the fast lane on the highway to a GOP presidential nomination.
The New York Times claimed in a Feb. 13 column that Wisconsin teachers were laid off in 2010 because of Walker’s budget cuts to education. But a 10-second Google search would have revealed that Walker didn’t become governor until the following year.
That article was headlined “Scott Walker Needs An Eraser,” a choice that Politico later observed “wasn’t the best idea.”
Unlike The Times, which kept the column online but removed the inaccuracies, The Beast retracted the entire article. Apparently, the only thing the student columnist got right about the issue was the spelling of Walker’s name.
Politico reported that the budget cut request cited in the Beast article wasn’t even proposed by the governor:
In fact, the University of Wisconsin system requested the deletion of the requirements to get rid of redundancy, as it already provides similar information to the federal government, UW System spokesman Alex Hummel told The Associated Press on Friday.
And those journalistic problems — possibly based originally on honest errors but fueled throughout with partisan loathing for the conservative Walker — are just what the media will admit it’s gotten flat-out wrong.
The cascade of anti-conservative half-truths about Walker is only going to grow if his candidacy keeps the momentum it has now.
The Democratic National Committee also engaged in some incorrect reporting on Walker in an email blast it sent out Saturday. Its message claimed that the governor “compared Wisconsin workers to terrorists” during his speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference Thursday.
This is what Walker actually said, according to The Weekly Standard:
“I want a commander in chief who will do everything in their power to ensure that the threat from radical Islamic terrorists does not wash up on American soil,” Walker said during his address. “If I can take on 100,000 protesters, I can do the same across the world.”
Not quite the same, but political parties don’t work under the same ethics standards as do journalists, so I don’t expect a retraction coming anytime soon from the Democratic National Committee.
If success can be measured by how many lies your opponents will tell about you, Walker must be shooting for the stars.
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