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Journal-Sentinel Fails to Disclose to Readers that Christian Scheider is a Rightwing Flak

Hmmm... this is peculiar.

When something I recently wrote about was mentioned in the the Journal-Sentinel, I was identified as a "liberal."  When Cody Oliphant, of One Wisconsin Now, wrote an op-ed for the paper he was described as working for a "progressive" group.

So, when Christian Schneider, a full time flak at the ultra-rightwing Wisconsin Policy Research Institute writes his nonsense you would expect him to be identified the way he identifies himself: as a conservative.

But, that would be too straight-forward.

No, when Schneider writes his intellectually dishonest screeds he is referred to simply as a "senior fellow at the Wisconsin Policy Research Institute."  Which, to 99% of the readers, sounds like a legitimate, non-partisan group.

Of course, the Journal-Sentinel is not the only one.  Schneider's op-eds regularly appear in the State Journal where he is referred to as a "senior fellow at the Wisconsin Policy Research Institute, a free-market think tank."  That sounds pretty harmless... although I don't know if claiming that there is no correlation between smaller class sizes and learning is a "free market" idea. (It's more of free-of-brain cells idea.)

#000000; background-color: ; text-align: left; text-decoration: none;">When he writes for the Isthmus, he is not identified as working for WPRI and is only described as writing for christianschneiderblog.com leaving the reader with no clue that what they are reading is high-priced propaganda.

Yet another example of why Wisconsin media is exceptionally unprofessional and just plain aweful.

 

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Published

April 10, 2012 - 1:23pm

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