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Today’s Example Of Why Reasonable People Cannot Reasonably Believe What GOPers Say: Katy Kersten

by TwoPuttTommy on March 27, 2011 · 4 comments

Starting out her column today (entitled “In Wisconsin, mob rule and intimidation”), Kersten compares unions (and supporters of unions) to “Nazi brownshirts.”  Way to stay classy, Katy!

Katy quotes a couple o’ TV reports in her column; one of ‘em is Green Bay’s Faux Noise “Fox News” WLUK-TV.  No point fiskin’ that; as discussed here, what’s the point?

Katy also quoted a story from Milwaukee’s WTMJ-TV – a NBC affiliate.  Here’s what Katy cherrypicked from it:

“Meanwhile, hordes of protesters surged into the Capitol, muscling past police, kicking in doors, damaging windows and shouting “This is democracy looks like!” and “Whose house? Our house!”

Here’s what the story said, but Katy isn’t interested in “facts” – she’s interested in wingnut demagoguery:

Police held their positions at the Capitol for a time after the vote, but more and more protesters found a way in. Police believe some climbed through windows, Donovan said. He initially said protesters broke windows and door handles, but later backed off that statement, saying he wasn’t sure that was true.  (emphasis added)

Cop says he isn’t sure reports of broken windows and (as Katy claims )-”kick(ed) in doors” are true; Katy uses story as source and claims it IS true.

Katy uses a source – Milwaukee’s WTMJ-TV – to make a claim, when the source clearly demonstrate Katy is simply makin’ (stuff) up.

Katy should be ashamed, but – as she has clearly demonstrated here and Here and Here and HERE and…. well, I could go on and On and ON….

Kersten has no shame.

That’s why Katy Kersen is today’s example of why reasonable people cannot reasonably believe anything a GOPer says.

Katy is also just another pathetic example of You Couldn’t Trust The GOP Then, You Still Can’t, And Tomorrow Won’t Be Any Different.


minnesota_liberal March 27, 2011 at 9:22 pm

For over a month, Scott Walker and his cronies have been demonizing school teachers, nurses and snowplow drivers during their attempt to force through legislation that does nothing to repair Wisconsin’s budget but is instead designed to crush public employee unions and deprive the Democratic party of funds.  

How do we know this?  The bill was clearly not a budget fix because the only way the state Senate could pass it without a quorum was to remove everything budget-related.  Walker and Senate majority leader Scott Fitzgerald have both admitted the legislation’s true intent, Fitzgerald willingly and Walker through his own stupidity.    

The careers, retirements and very livelihoods of thousands of middle class Wisconsinites are threatened by this heinous legislation from right-wing politicians with an obvious agenda.  And yet the massive protests that have taken place in Madison have been amazingly peaceful.

The best that Katherine Kersten can do is call those peaceful crowds “rampaging,” cast citizens who dare to question their representatives as “thugs,” point to a handful of nasty emails and pretend that a few rounds dropped outdoors by an unknown source represent a major threat.  

Kersten paints a skewed picture by spinning everything she can and omitting any inconvenient facts.  It’s what she does, column after column, year after year.

Besides being predictable, though, Kersten often provides comic relief to those who aren’t easily hoodwinked.  For example, in today’s column she decries “biased journalism” in one paragraph, only to refer to the Affordable Health Care Act by the right-wing’s derogatory catchphrase of “Obamacare” in another.            

Besides being so fittingly used to line the cages of assorted birds and rodents, I imagine Kersten’s work is also good fodder for class discussions about poor journalism and incredibly bad persuasive writing.

TwoPuttTommy March 27, 2011 at 9:33 pm

Personally, I don’t consider KK’s tripe “journalism” at all.

Kersten quotes WTMJ-TV thusly:

Within an hour and a half of the vote, the protesters had seized the building’s lower floors, creating an ear-splitting free-for-all of pounding drums, horns and whistles. Police gave up guarding the building entrances and retreated to the third floor.

Here’s the VERY NEXT paragraph from WTMJ-TV:

The state Department of Administration, which operates the building, estimated the crowd at about 7,000 people. There were no reports of violence as of late Wednesday evening. DOA spokesman Tim Donovan said no one had been arrested as of late Wednesday evening. (emphasis added

KK’s cherrypicking is far less than “poor journalism”.  

ericf March 28, 2011 at 9:28 am

There are two big differences I see. First, I don’t hear anyone on the left excusing or denying the nasty e-mails and death threats sent to GOP politicians, unlike the way some on the right excused the threats sent to Democrats because it was their own fault for pursuing policies that got people angry.

Second, and this is my response to anyone who claims an equivalence between liberals and conservatives: who brought guns to public events? They claim they aren’t making a threat, just exercising their right. Well, I have a right to sit there and swear at them, but if I did, I wouldn’t pretend I was just exercising a right and not trying to provoke something.

You’re going to get weird people at any demonstration for any cause, I get that. There are always people who resort to threats, on any side, no question. The question is how far does it go, and do you excuse the people ostensibly on your side? We on the left get people who style themselves anarchists and come to commit vandalism and fight with police. The right gets people who bring guns and threaten force if they don’t get their way. We denounce our vandals and try to keep them out. Time for the right to do the same with the gun-toters.

JML March 28, 2011 at 9:49 pm

KK has always been a hypocrite and joke, so this doesn’t surprise me at all.

She’s outraged about the death threats…only because they’re against her conservative comrades. Still waiting for her to speak out against the threats and insanity from the right-wing, but I’m not holding my breath.

KK’s never let the facts get in the way of a good story. She’s always been at the top of the class for “I want this to be true, therefore I shall claim that it is true!” crowd. Her fans are filled with people who, when prevented with the facts, will simply say “I don’t believe that’s true” because it doesn’t fit their worldview. She’ll lie and smear anyone who doesn’t fit into her perfect, white, Christian, wealthy world. Everyone else must get crushed beneath her boot.

Oh, and KK? I debunked a bunch of your lies and smears once and the Strib published it. You know what happened? I got a death threat from one of your fans. Just sayin’.

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