Wisconsin Democratic Party flak threatens to sic union bullies on independent news group
Zeilinski’s email could easily be read as a threat to organize union demonstrators against Wisconsin newspapers that publish reporting provided to them by wisconsinreporter.com’s staff. And his vow to go after wisconsinreporter.com’s capitol media credentials is an obvious effort to silence a news organization with which he disagrees.
When wisconsinreporter.com asked Beth Bennett, executive director of the Wisconsin Newspapers Association, for comment on Zeilinski’s threats, she characterized them as ‘out there’ and unlike anything she’s seen previously during her career in Wisconsin government and media.
Zeilinski didn’t like anyone reporting that Wisconsin had, according to U.S. Department of Labor data, created nearly half of all the new jobs created across the country in June. Anyone can debate the way the stats are presented, but to threaten someone?
In an email titled “What Happens Next,” Zeilinski warned wisconsinreporter.com that:
‘What happens next is that I contact the publishers and editors of the papers that publish you as ‘unbiased,’ and let them know our deep concern about the obvious bias that permeates your entire operation,’ Zielinski states in his email.
‘Then, we let our activists know which papers publish you, and they write the publisher and editor. Then, we contact the Capitol press pool and let them know about our concerns about your credentialing. And we continue on until you actually admit to the truth of your operation.’
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