Viewpoint: Writer claims news coverage bias
The evening of Friday, October 31st, I went to the Ponsse plant in Rhinelander to hear Governors Walker, Christi and Barbour and Lt. Governor Kleefisch. The event was being held outside in 28° weather but yet over 300 people, ages 9 to 85 were there.
The crowd remained enthusiastic even though the bus was late about an hour and they’d been waiting in freezing cold. The crowd waved red Walker signs and clapped through an additional hour of positive speeches of how to move Wisconsin forward and how to provide better opportunities for its citizens. What an opportunity for the Channel 12 reporter who was there for interesting news coverage.
But instead of the interesting news coverage I’d anticipated when I got home and turned the TV on, I saw a .38 minute clip that showed a Walker sign, wheels on the bus, a fast pass at Governors Walker and Christie on the stage, but not one word of what any of the 3 popular governors and Lt. Gov. Kleefisch had to say nor did it show the enormous crowd.
The next day, Saturday, November 1, Mary Burke came to Rhinelander. And what kind of coverage did she get? She got 1.5 minutes and most of that was used in what I consider a free ad to bash Governor Walker instead of telling what plans she had for Wisconsin if she were elected Governor.
After having that perfect opportunity to compare coverage of candidates I think anyone can safely say that Channel 12 is over the top biased and it’s quite clear how they’re biased. Because of that viewers are abandoning Channel 12 for other channels with fair reporting which is in turn hurting the local businesses that advertise with them.
All viewers, no matter what side they’re on, just want the truth, not something that is adapted to fit an agenda.
Joyce Bant, Hazelhurst