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Apologizing To CNN’s Ted Rowlands For Idiots In Madison During Recall Election Coverage

June 7, 2012

On Tuesday night I had a 60-second conversation with Ted Rowlands, a reporter for CNN who was in Madison covering the historic recall election of Scott Walker.

I would not have felt the need to say anything to Rowlands had it not been for some  miscreants who felt that their behavior was in some way making a point, and not instead just making Madison look particularly stupid.

As Rowlands stood with his crew on the Capitol side of the State Street entrance, waiting for the time he would deliver election news to the nation, several people who resembled hobos jumping the trains in the 30’s started chanting misguided and rude comments about corporate media and CNN.

Clearly I was not impressed with this small group of misfits.

The whole conspiracy line about the media, from those on the right that claim it to be liberally driven to those on the left who think it to be corporate driven, makes me laugh.

When it was obvious Rowlands was not about to go on air at that time I walked over to him, introduced myself as a resident of Madison, and let him know of my  embarrassment for the behavior that was taking place around him.

“This does not represent Madison,” I told him.

He smiled and said, “I have thick skin, and this happens all over.”

I thanked him for the coverage CNN was airing, and we commented on the historic nature of the night in Wisconsin.

It was not until this morning that I heard about different people making a spectacle of themselves as the CNN bus departed from the Capitol Square.

Since I am always eager to put teabaggers who make truly outlandish and preposterous statements on my blog, I think it only fair to post the following video showcasing the lunacy of those who somehow think the media is not fair when reporting the facts.  Please note the almost hysterical nature of the woman who says “who are these people, they are not even from Wisconsin” when referring to the national media.

It is just absurd.

Keep in mind that the recall election was reported and analyzed just as every other election.  Exit polls were used with vote totals in key wards which made for the ease of calling the election early Tuesday night.  These two people featured in the video might first try to better understand the role of reporters, and grasp that once there are facts to support the calling of an election, then it is time to go on air or the web and do so.   That is the job of being a journalist.

Wanting the election returns to have a different outcome is easy to understand.

Making an ass of oneself is another story.

6 Comments
  1. rufous coltrane permalink
    June 9, 2012 11:46 AM

    Thistle Pettersen and Miles Kristan – the examples you set are exemplary. As idiots, that is. You believe you are supporting your causes well by these (and other, i.e. Black Bloc) actions when all you are doing is embarrassing them, Madison, our species, and mostly – thankfully – yourselves. Shame on you.

  2. Paulette permalink
    June 7, 2012 10:27 PM

    Gregory, I support what you are saying.

  3. Dave permalink
    June 7, 2012 1:54 PM

    What’s with the “dur fuhrer” reference? First of all, that translates to “major leaders”; you must have meant “den fuhrer or der fuhrer” when you wrote your ignorant comment. Two Strikes.

    Bringing teachers into the mix also is inexplicable. Strike Three.

  4. June 7, 2012 11:21 AM

    For Petes Sake–the Hitler references make for jokes and no one then considers your arguement to be valid. As for me–read my blog and you will know where I stand on Walker and worker’s rights.

    I always am amazed that when a different position is taken how quickly labels get placed.

    I call them as I see them.

  5. Proud Protester permalink
    June 7, 2012 10:58 AM

    So you are just a hack that actually supports dur fuhrer if you get what you want – must be a teacher, right?

  6. June 7, 2012 9:45 AM

    Those idiots are our future ??? God help us!

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