Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Gaming Democratic Gubernatorial Primary?

The Sunday April 15, 2012 issue of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel featured a front page article entitled, ‘Hopefuls split on union issues’. The article is fairly extensive probably totally a half page but leaves a lot to be desired. How so?

MJS writers Jason Stein and Patrick Marley spend what is essentially the entire article trying to measure the degree of separation between ‘the two leading contenders’ and their positions on collective bargaining, public employee benefit and retirement contributions, and the mechanisms to repair the damage done by the Walker Administration over the past year. In case you are wondering who the front runners are, I would be remiss if I didn’t name them: Mayor Tom Barrett and former Dane County Exec Kathleen Falk.

Mr. Stein and Mr. Marley aren’t totally oblivious to the fact that there are FOUR legitimate and qualified Democratic gubernatorial candidates, but they give two of them incredibly short shrift:

Also running in the May 8 Democratic primary are Secretary of State Doug La Follette and state Sen. Kathleen Vinehout of Alma.

That’s it? One of the most talked about and nationally relevant elections of 2012 and two major party candidates get barely the equivalent of honorable mention?

Or is this another media self fulling prophecy…they aren’t front runners so we’ll just ignore them and they won’t become front runners. This is particularly rude considering the shortened time frame available in the recall election cycle.

I don’t know…isn’t this a huge disservice to the readership of their paper? They devote a relatively large number of column inches (for the current generation of MJS at least) to what they consider a major front page story and they can’t even tell us the whole story? Really? I can’t imagine the Sen. Vinehout and Sec. of State La Follette weren’t available for comment.