Earlier this week Charlie Sykes breathlessly “broke” news that he had a secret recording of Milwaukee County Executive candidate Chris Abele describing himself as someone who supports “lefty” causes at this month’s meeting of the Democratic Party of Milwaukee County. Predictably, a few of the conservative blogs parroted Syke’s story, but there’s just one big problem with Charlie Sykes’ breaking story: the Democratic Party of Milwaukee County actually records their meetings and livestreams the meetings onto the internet. Here’s a snippet from an email sent out by the DPMC:
…as you’d expect, Sykes and Belling have been playing edited, out-of-context comments from Mr. Abele on their radio shows.
The Beavis and Butthead of Milwaukee radio even went as far as saying they had a “secret” tape, and that Mr. Abele didn’t know he was being recorded. Of course, the Milwaukee Dems very publicly had a video camera rolling, and we routinely live stream our meetings over the Internet. This was a totally fabricated “gotcha” moment.
Someone should really tell Charlie Sykes that if he wants to know what’s going on at meetings of the Democratic Party of Milwaukee County, all he needs to do is check the live feed; there’s no need to send spies to make “secret” recordings.