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Thursday, April 14, 2011
Newsmax Spins Paper's Reference to Walker Interview Into Newsmax Endorsement
Topic: Newsmax

An April 12 Newsmax article cheerfully states:

When Wisconsin’s top paper inquired about the whereabouts of Gov. Scott Walker this week, they turned to one of the leading political news websites in the nation.

“Who knew that Gov. Scott Walker had headed out on a national tour to help raise money for Republican senators facing possible recalls?” a story in the Milwaukee Journal asked Tuesday.

The answer: “Newsmax did.”

The story went on to detail the revelations in Newsmax’s exclusive interview with Walker Friday. In the story, Walker discussed his national tour to drum up support for his fight against powerful unions seeking to set back his efforts at budgetary reform.

But Newsmax missed the point -- presumably deliberately, to maximize the self-promotion -- of what was written at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (Newsmax got the newspaper's name wrong). A newspaper blog post was highlighting the Newsmax interview because it was the first evidence most people in Wisconsin had that Walker had left the state. The post continued:

So where is Walker going as part of this national tour? Who went with him to Florida? Did he hold any fundraisers for his own campaign while there?
Walker's campaign isn't saying.
In a statement issued by a staffer at the Republican Party, the governor's campaign refused to answer any of those questions, saying only that Walker is defending the Republican senators "who stayed in Wisconsin and stood up for middle class taxpayers by making the tough choices to balance our budget."

Not a word inthe Newsmax article about Walker's refusal to disclose what apparently private activities he may be doing on the state's dime.

Posted by Terry K. at 10:08 PM EDT

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