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Blaska and Isthmus's credibility

Postby arizmendi » Thu Feb 10, 2011 3:53 pm

Yesterday, Blaska posted:

"Friday is when Gov. Scott Walker lowers the boom on government employees unions. As he has promised.
Not just for state employees unions but for municipal, county, and university and K-12 school unions -- the right to negotiate labor contracts all government unions in the State of Wisconsin will be outlawed eliminated. Friday, the new governor will announce that he will seek legislation undoing Gaylord Nelson’s 1959 grant of labor union organizing rights to government employees. Wisconsin was the first in that regard. JFK soon followed by granting the right to federal employees. "

Today, Blaska posts:

"I believe this will hold true for all public employees from state government through schools and municipal government. I have indications, emanations that the governor will go further. But -- just to put to rest that I am serving as a stalking horse for anybody -- I have not been told that by any direct authority."

I can't see how Isthmus can continue to see itself as a credible journalistic enterprise by continuing to pay Blaska for content.

VO says "until the death". With Blaska, Isthmus may not be dead but the quality of life cries out for euthanasia.
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Re: Blaska and Isthmus's credibility

Postby Mean Scenester » Thu Feb 10, 2011 4:04 pm

Save your breath. I've bitched over and over about how the paper that helped fuel my youthful radicalism has sullied itself with the editorial addition of this braying jackass.

Blaska has some dirt on someone at Isthmus. Granted, I have no proof to back that up, nor any insider information, but since that's par for the journalistic course around here ... yeah, I'm going with lurid pictures of some editor in a compromising position or something to that effect.

Now down to business: How much do I get paid for this post?
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Re: Blaska and Isthmus's credibility

Postby Bad Gradger » Thu Feb 10, 2011 4:08 pm

In Isthmus' defense, they've been very good about making the distinction between hosted blogs and the news/arts/etc. content. I don't think it undermines the paper's credibility at all, and it's certainly smart from a business perspective to have Blaska on board for generating page views. Besides, isn't it better knowing what bullshit the Blaskas among us actually believe?

I still maintain he shouldn't be allowed to shit up the forum.
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Re: Blaska and Isthmus's credibility

Postby Stomach » Thu Feb 10, 2011 4:27 pm

n'est-ce pas?
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Re: Blaska and Isthmus's credibility

Postby PopeyeTheSailorman » Thu Feb 10, 2011 4:48 pm

I enjoy David Blaska's blog and would miss it if it was gone. I also enjoy Emily Mills,The Sconz, and Bill Lueders.

I commend Isthmus for presenting opinions from all sides. Keep up the good work.
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Re: Blaska and Isthmus's credibility

Postby fisticuffs » Thu Feb 10, 2011 4:53 pm

I for one am sick of this idea that stuff like "Liberals hate free speech" is considered a "side". There are legitimate conservative positions and I'd welcome them on this forum and in the Isthmus proper but Blaska doesn't present them. He's basically a hired Ned trolling for hits.
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Re: Blaska and Isthmus's credibility

Postby Crockett » Thu Feb 10, 2011 4:57 pm

fisticuffs wrote:I for one am sick of this idea that stuff like "Liberals hate free speech" is considered a "side". There are legitimate conservative positions and I'd welcome them on this forum and in the Isthmus proper but Blaska doesn't present them. He's basically a hired Ned trolling for hits.


Which "legitimate conservative" commentators do you like?

I'm taking a position on Blaska (although he does know how to rile you guys), I'm honestly interested in a balanced conservative writer.
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Re: Blaska and Isthmus's credibility

Postby HamsterArmageddon » Thu Feb 10, 2011 5:03 pm

Mean Scenester wrote:Save your breath. I've bitched over and over about how the paper that helped fuel my youthful radicalism has sullied itself


Yea that radicalism really lead to greatness didn't it? Having kids, eating peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, living in a ranch house, working in front of a PC, and driving a mini-van... The radical status-quo.

You can't buy radical. Just because you read radical doesn't make you a change agent, cool, informed, or a great individual. Isthmus will tell you that buying/reading their radical does, but that's actually part of their marketing strategy.

http://youarenotsosmart.com/2010/04/12/selling-out/
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Re: Blaska and Isthmus's credibility

Postby boston_jeff » Thu Feb 10, 2011 5:04 pm

I never read his column. Never. Why give him the support? I have recommended all intelligent readers do the same on TDPF for years. It is indeed a joke that he is on staff, not because of his politics, but because of his sheer idiocy. The "liberal" writers on the Isthmus staff are not disingenuous morons. Blaska is. That's the difference, and the reason that Isthmus should fire him. But I guess the ramblings of an idiot are what sells papers these days. IMO an alt weekly should use better criteria when selecting a "conservative" voice (and usually papers like this do). But for some reason Isthmus continues to feed this pinhead's ego by providing him with a bully pulpit. Bravo, now you're part of the problem.
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Re: Blaska and Isthmus's credibility

Postby fisticuffs » Thu Feb 10, 2011 5:04 pm

Do you mean in the forum or in society at large? Huck and Arturo do a good job of arguing their positions without questioning anyone patriotism. That's a start. basically I can do without the "Liberals think this, Liberals want that, Liberals hate this" nonsense. It's always complete bullshit, it's trash and doesn't add anything to any discussion.
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Re: Blaska and Isthmus's credibility

Postby Mean Scenester » Thu Feb 10, 2011 5:21 pm

HamsterArmageddon wrote:Yea that radicalism really lead to greatness didn't it? Having kids, eating peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, living in a ranch house, working in front of a PC, and driving a mini-van... The radical status-quo.

Actually, I have great kids and a great wife. So yeah, it did.

Damn, Ham. What, are you staking out my house or some shit? I'm going to go with I-know-you-from-somewhere over time-to-be-creeped-out ... for now. Then again, no one who has ever known me has ever seen me eat a PBJ ... so maybe creeped-out is the more sensible approach here.

Life sets in. Reality tempers youthful idealism. What can I say? Somebody's gotta raise tomorrow's progressives today. I may live a mundane existence so far as you're concerned but at least I'm not actively subsidizing the likes of Pornstachio. So I sleep at night just fine, thanks ... when my kids let me.

But thanks for the reality check, Abbie Fucking Hoffman. Now get the fuck off my lawn, perv.
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Re: Blaska and Isthmus's credibility

Postby David Blaska » Thu Feb 10, 2011 5:23 pm

If it is possible to understand, the dynamics on this issue were, are and probably will continue to be extremely fluid -- a prospect I did not fully appreciate in the first blog. But here's a challenge: what conservatives do YOU read? (If any.) One of my next blogs will be the Libs I never miss. Watch for it at http://www.thedailypage.com/daily/category.php?category=Blaska's%20Blog
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Re: Blaska and Isthmus's credibility

Postby Mean Scenester » Thu Feb 10, 2011 5:24 pm

You guys smell that?
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Re: Blaska and Isthmus's credibility

Postby jman111 » Thu Feb 10, 2011 5:38 pm

I admit I'm guilty of hits to his blog. Although I don't feel it damages the credibility of the paper (think Fox News: "he's not reporting, he's commenting"), I do wish Isthmus would at least appear to have some established credibility requirements for paid contributors.

That said, you can't really argue from a business perspective- the more outrageous he appears, the more people want to tell him how full of shit he is. That generates hits. That generates revenue.
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Re: Blaska and Isthmus's credibility

Postby David Blaska » Thu Feb 10, 2011 5:58 pm

This is how the AP is putting it:

A Republican source briefed on Gov. Scott Walker's budget says he will propose removing all public employee collective bargaining rights to help plug a $3.6 billion hole.

The source was in Walker's closed-door briefing with members of the state Senate on Thursday but was not authorized to release the information. The source told The Associated Press that Walker will propose a change in state law to remove the ability for public employees to negotiate on any issue except salary.

The bill would also allow public employees to avoid making payments to unions if they don't join those unions. Now, workers can choose not to join unions, but they must make "fair share" payments similar to dues - a requirement that unions say is needed because all workers potentially benefit from their work at the bargaining table.
http://host.madison.com/wsj/news/local/govt-and-politics/article_7ff37af2-3562-11e0-8ff9-001cc4c002e0.html
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