Lies, damn lies, statistics, and Time Magazine
I am forgiving of people on face book and in the comment trailers of news articles, who post hearsay, non-fact without a source or counterpoint. But Time Magazine? Shame on you. Really.
Zeke J. Miller published the piece in “Time” as though it were just another one of those face book comments, without bothering to research the accuracy of the statement or providing the full context or counterpoint. “La dee da.” and “Ho dee ho” said, “I am good, I am great” – and just leave it at that. Who expects journalism from a national publication these days anyway?
It is just that we in Wisconsin have been so buried in the avalanche of the slippery, sloppy, journalistic mud slide of sell and spin for so long, we have imposed a zero tolerance for crappy reporting from you or “Time” , Mr. Miller.
So you quote Scott Walker in your piece and even go on to give him an “ata’boy!” for hoping to get a college degree some day….
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker: 2016 Contender But Not A College Graduate But Not A College Graduate
By Zeke J Miller @zekejmiller | TIME.com Nov. 19, 2013
“The reason I went to college, in large part, was not just to get an education for an education’s sake, but to get a job,” Walker said of his decision to drop out of school. At first he tried to be a part time student, but quickly the births of his children took that option off the table.
Problem is “NOT TRUE”
Lazy you Mr. Miller. Have you ever heard of Google search? It isn’t even like you had to make a lot of phone calls or drive a few miles to speak to a source – all you had to do is google “Scott Walker Marquette” and just read for a few minutes. Have you ever used a search engine? You might be surprised at what you find. If you bothered to search Walker’s years at Marquette against marriage and birth records, you would find that what you published was little more than a “pants on fire” lie.
But since you are so busy, doing whatever it is you do, here is a link to A journalist guide to vetting Scott Walker.
Maybe you would like to read what another highly credible source had to say?
While Scott Walker was a student at Marquette University he is alleged to have fathered and then abandoned a child. The story first broke in the days before the Walker (June 5, 2012) Recall election, when a friend of the abandoned mother of Scott Walker’s child, was moved to come forward after hearing a speech by the Governor in which he boasted of his impeccable values.
The allegation deflated as quickly as it had grown. Yet, like so many of the facts surrounding the seedy side of Scott Walker, questions were left unanswered.
What is it with Walker and all the unanswered questions regarding what he knew, and when he knew it – and I am thinking about a secret email network here.
Then last February I received a CD document in the mail from an anonymous source that purported to reveal the identity of Walker’s Marquette girl friend and the child born of the pregnancy described by Dr. Gillick.
The allegations were made public by a highly credible source, Dr. Bernadette Gillick, who is described as a college professor at a major Midwestern university in the article WCM Co Op that appeared in the WCM Co Op article in June of 2012 shortly before Walker’s recall election.
Dr. Gillick’s motivation and credibility are impeccable and demonstrate that her revelations relating to Scott Walker where not politically motivated, but rather, came from a sense of compassion she has demonstrated through her career of working with children who are stroke victims.
Two-Time Scholarship Recipient Bernadette Gillick, PT, MS, Studies Constraint-Induced
Movement Therapy. Not only has she worked as a clinician forover 17 years and as an instructor at a number of universities, but she has earned an Advanced Masters Degree in Neurologic Physical Therapy and is now making her mark in physical therapy research and pursuing a PhD in Rehabilitation Science at the University of Minnesota.
Dr. Gillick’s motivation and credibility Dr. Gillick PDF
Through her attorney, Mike Fargione, she issued a statement: “It is rare that you will ever hear from me on issues of politics, as I am a firm believer that most politics are local and can be as local as our own kitchen tables. But I’m asking you to consider what I have to share …
The incidents described below all took place when Scott Walker was running for Student Body President at Marquette in the late 1980’s.
Dr. Gillick reveals:
–She was assigned a room in O’Donnell Hall (then a women’s dormitory at Marquette), which she shared with her new roommate, Ruth (not her real name). Ruth was dating Scott Walker, who was 20 at the time, and, according to Bernadette, Ruth was deeply in love with him.
–Ruth found out she was pregnant. She informed her boyfriend, Scott, and initially he was supportive. That support changed to callous indifference for his girlfriend’s predicament after Scott informed his parents of the pregnancy.
– He [Scott] went from encouraging her to get an abortion, to telling me [Dr. Gillick] it was in my best interest to keep my mouth shut, to denying that he was the father and having his own mother call her and tell her to stop erroneously accusing her son of paternity,”
– It was a “horrible time” for her friend. “Imagine her being 18 years old and pregnant, walking around Marquette’s Jesuit Catholic campus with her boyfriend denying he was the father,”
Dr. Gillick’s revelation was met with checks, support, and denial”
Daniel Bice Journal Sentinel “No Quarter”
The story broke and was reported across the blogosphere, but on the very next day, and before the account got its legs, it was dismissed by Journal Sentinel “No Quarter” reporter, Daniel Bice in a statement that was reported across the net:
“I am getting a lot of emails because of this post. Two things: (1) I tracked down and talked to Dr. Gillick’s freshman-year roommate at MU yesterday, and she adamantly denies that Walker is the father of her child. Yes, she got pregnant as a first-year student, but she believes Dr. Gillick is mixing up stories; and (2) I Can Read CCAP has taken a family court suit involving Scott Alan Walker and mixed it up with the governor, Scott Kevin Walker.
Rebuttal of Bice from Badger Democracy Blog
The Scott Walker referenced in the “Bice” comment of Family Court CCAP record was born in April, 1961. The woman in the record (mother of the child) was born in 1962. There is no possible way Dr. Gillick would confuse, or have even known this “other” Scott Walker, much less been roommates with the mother at Marquette. They are both 6 – 7 years older that any of the parties cited by Dr. Gillick. Badger Democracy
Scott Walker’s Birthday – November 2, 1967 (age 45 years)
Senft, Laura Ann – Petitioner
Laura Ann Senft vs. Scott Alan Walker
Milwaukee County Case Number 2004FA003749
Petitioner Senft, Laura Ann
Respondent Walker, Scott Alan
Circuit Court Access Document
Sullivan, Michael P.
Branch Id 26
Filing Date 05-21-2004
Date of Birth 06-1962
Attorney Name Probst, Jane E
Walker, Scott Alan – Respondent Male
Date of Birth 04-1961
Address: 2108 Hwy 10, Appleton, WI
Dr. Gillick sticks to her story:
“Gillick has no plans to issue any modified statement or retraction. “It’s still accurate and contains everything she knows, so there’s no reason to rehash it,” he says. “What Bernadette knows is the experience that her roommate had. She doesn’t have anything to add to what she has said.” Not Wavering WCM Co Op Article
The other other Scott Walker case is clearly irrelevant to the allegations against Governor Scott Walker.
So the only fact that goes against Dr. Gillick’s account is that in a phone interview conducted by Bice, the voice of Ruth denied that Governor Scott Walker was the father of her child. That’s it.
The Walker administration made no comment on the allegations. Dr. Gillick was not subject to any libel or defamation suites as a result of her statements.
Dr. Gillick felt obligated to tell the story of “Ruth” as a reaction to hearing Scott Walker speak of his integrity. As he talked about his “lifelong integrity” her anger grew. This was a man who had abandoned his pregnant young girlfriend — completely turned his back on her at the most fragile point in her life. She notes his “now-convenient ‘pro-life’ proclamations” after burying his past “indiscretion.”
It is one thing to carry the unwanted child allegations on his record. It is quite another make a special proclamation, back in January, to set a day aside as Anti Choice Day, when credible allegations have surfaced that indicate that Gov. Walker may have taken the male advantage of making the very choice that is now proclaimed to be unworthy for women.
Last Summer on July 5 Scott Walker picked the day after the holiday to do a news dump. It was on that day he announced the signing of legislation destined to close all but two clinics in the state to provide women’s health services and abortion.