The report was done by the liberal Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism, which was working in cooperation with Wisconsin Public Radio. The Center recently unveiled a project, funded by the Open Society Institute, to "shine a light into the operations of Wisconsin's government." It hired Bill Lueders, a longtime news editor and columnist for Isthmus, an alternative newspaper based in Madison, to run the project. Lueders wrote the Prosser report.
The report was posted on Saturday. It was immediately picked up by ThinkProgress, the activist arm of the liberal think tank Center for American Progress. (ThinkProgress has some of the same funding sources as the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism.) "BREAKING: Wisconsin Justice Prosser 'grabbed fellow justice around the neck' prior to union bill decision," the group tweeted on Saturday afternoon. ThinkProgress sent out more details, and within an hour or two posted an article headlined, "Four Ways Justice David Prosser Can Be Removed From Office." The article outlined the processes involved in resignation, impeachment, removal by address, and recall, while noting that the "accused criminal," Prosser, "should not be condemned until the evidence clearly shows that he is guilty."
As the activist press was running with the story, new evidence emerged in a Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel report to suggest the matter was more complicated than originally reported.In this case, it's clear that the adults in the room were the JS reporters.
Curious that the Left-O-Wackies had what appears to be 'press-ready copy' the instant Lueders released his half of the story. Even more curious that "how to dump Prosser" analysis appeared almost as fast.
And the phrase "accused criminal" is a first in "journalism."
But that's because this is NOT "journalism." It's war by other means.