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"Non-partisan" coincidence? Don't think so!

In my Sunday blog post on the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's huge indulgence of the Wisconsin Policy Research Institute (WPRI) I noted the newspaper's editorial pages regularly describe the right-wing think tank as  conservative yet non-partisan, then adding: "Imagine that: editors who ignore oxymorons."

Well, this morning, in a column by WPRI functionary Christian Schneider, the newspaper dropped the "nonpartisan" descriptive.

Now, maybe this was a Journal Sentinel typo or it could be a permanent change in policy. Either way, it could also be a huge coincidence. We prefer, however, to apply the concept of Occam's Razor (the logic principle stating that the simplest explanation is usually the correct one) and to conclude that yes, Uppity Wisconsin gets read in the halls of power. And sometimes even inspires positive action.

In which case, don't ever let it be said that progressive blogging is useless. A tiny, tiny change in this case, but an important one in the modern media environment, which as far as conservative ideas go has been like the drip-drip-drip of a Chinese water torture. Ya gotta start somewhere.

Thanks, Journal Sentinel editors, for realizing the obvious. And for reading Uppity, your source for progressive thought and media criticism.


June 13, 2012 - 10:14am