The Journal Sentinel Edit Board Makes No Sense

Saturday, May 26, 2012

On May 19th, the editorial board recommended Scott Walker's re-election.

Today, it says you shouldn't consume what he's selling:
Talk about genetic modification. Scott Walker's ad touting his job creation policies combines apples and oranges and comes up with a peach of a claim.

And based on a Journal Sentinel PolitiFact Wisconsin article Friday, it's apparent that claim is overripe...

But our problem with the latest Walker ad is that the governor adds the 23,000 jobs he claims were created in his first year (and which has yet to get the federal stamp of approval) to about 10,000 jobs from the monthly survey.

Not exactly an apples-to-apples comparison. No caveats in the ad - the stats are presented as signed, sealed and delivered. And Walker credits his administration for the good news. Well, the stats are subject to revision - sometimes heavy revision. And the governor overstates the impact of a governor - any governor - on job creation.

The Journal Sentinel's PolitiFact team wisely gave Walker's ad a rating of "mostly false."

We'd give the ad this warning label: "Do Not Consume."
Suppose there were a celebrity product endorsement ad where the pitch closed with - - "and remember, don't use it."

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