March 16, 2012
Hooray for the Irish!
They saved civilization. What more could one ask? I know, how about a modern-day Saint Patrick bringing civilization to politics in America. No more name calling, no more fundraising, no more lobbyists, no more celibacy, no more exclusion of women in the church hierarchy. Imagine how much fun we could have.
Meanwhile, while St. Pat is saddling up the white horse, and the Bradley Foundation is busy, busy. While the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel was sawing wood, the Bradley folks, working with MMAC and the Greater Milwaukee Committee, The Chamber, blushing slightly, quietly announced that the Chamber wanted to shake-up the Milwaukee MATC Board. Reason? To make MATC more responsive to business needs in Milwaukee. Real reason? What they didn't tell the public is their plot to capture the public radio and television licenses when they replace the MATC Board. That is the real prize. They tried to take over several years ago but fell short. Well, they are back at it. Whoa Nelly!
Give this some thought. The Milwaukee Journalwas once a liberal voice in the state. Then the merger took place and the Sentinel won the battle to be the morning paper while the afternoon paper was sent to hospice. The Wisconsin Policy Research Institute (WPRI) entered into a contract with the UW-Madison Political Science Department to have UW conduct WPRI's polls. WPRI would decide when to poll, whether to release the results, frame the questions, provide the spin and agreed that the results would be given on an exclusive basis to Dave Umhofer of the MJS for at least 24 hours. Whatever the results, you can bet that Charlie Sykes on WTMJ would keep us all "informed" -- informed on those issues selected by WPRI.
They agreed that the polling data would not be governed by Wisconsin' Open Records laws. Who would argue with Sykes? Why, good old Mark Belling who probably thinks Sykes is too liberal.
WTMJ radio is talk and sports, sports and talk, right-wing blather almost all day and all night. But don't forget WTMJ-TV: more talk, with Mike Gusha. What does Mike cover? Pretty much what WPRI, Sykes and Belling hand him over the air.
Control for Mike Grebe, head of Bradley, is not enough. He wants total control of the airwaves. He wants to appoint a Sykes-like character to head public radio and television in Milwaukee. Yikes!
So, folks, let's develop a plan. Lambs to slaughter as Grebe and Sykes see it. Hey! St. Patrick. Over here!
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