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More Reporters Signed Walker Recall Petition

From the Milwaukee NBC affiliate, WTMJ:

WTMJ staffers signed Governor Walker recall petition

By WTMJ News Team
Apr. 3, 2012

MILWAUKEE- We have some news we need to tell you about ourselves, and the recall election against Governor Scott Walker.

TODAY’S TMJ4 and Newsradio 620 WTMJ discovered that several members of our staff signed the recall petitions for Governor Walker. Some of those employees play a role in our news-gathering and editorial process. Several of them also work on-air: One at TODAY’S TMJ4; four at Newsradio 620 WTMJ.

Did they use pseudonyms like ‘Mickey Mouse’?

We want you to know that we consider this a serious issue. We are in the process of dealing with it internally. Our reputation of being a fair and unbiased news source is of paramount importance to both TODAY’S TMJ4 and Newsradio 620 WTMJ.

But we will never hear about how these reporters are punished, because they won’t be punished. Indeed, their only crime was getting caught.

We expect anyone involved in the production of news to avoid situations that could compromise our integrity. We don’t allow news employees to sign nomination papers for candidates, display yard signs or take part in a political campaign.

However, many employees told us that they felt signing the recall petition was not a political act, but instead felt it was similar to casting a vote.

‘Reporters’ can justify anything to themselves.

WTMJ does not agree and we want to assure you, our viewers, that we are taking measures to make sure all of our reporting is fair, balanced and to ensure something like this does not happen again.

Good one. But it is a little late for April Fools.

Mind you, this latest news comes on top of this report from last week, from the Associated Press, via the same WTMJ:

Gannett apologizes after reporters sign Walker recall petitions

March 25, 2012

APPLETON, Wis. — The publisher of The Post-Crescent of Appleton has written an open letter to readers apologizing for 25 Gannett Wisconsin Media journalists who signed petitions calling for the ouster of Republican Governor Scott Walker.

In a column published Saturday, Genia Lovett says it’s little consolation that none of the employees is involved with directing or reporting political-news coverage.

So they had no influence over the news. Right.

She says the newspaper is in the process of addressing discipline, and that it revealed the signatures in the interest of being as open as possible…

But, once again, nobody will be punished. They will just address discipline.

Lovett acknowledges that journalists have a right to hold opinions. But she says they must also protect their news organization’s credibility.

Oh, our sides.

(Thanks to BillK for the heads up.)

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, April 4th, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

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