More Collusion

The other day (http://seeemilyplay.therealgunguys.com/?p=6202), I wrote about the guy who got shot by a cop. Not that such a thing is terribly unusual, but because the guy didn’t want his attempted murderer to face any real consequences.

Today, there’s this:

https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20170902/16525438145/police-chief-says-hell-decide-who-is-isnt-real-journalist.shtml

Sheboygan’s Police Chief, Chris Domagalski, corrects errors in a story circulating on social media this week, accusing his department of withholding information from the community. The story involved the arrest of a Sheboygan man facing several felony drug charges, resisting arrest, and biting an officer at Erie and North 14th Street.

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Domagalski, armed with facts, and the law, spoke out about the accusations, encouraging the community to be very careful about where they get their news – saying “Because you have a website and a facebook page, does not make you a journalist. When you engage in repeated unethical conduct, your character is revealed, and people should weigh that in their decision about whether they rely on you for news.”

The guy might have a point. We’ve seen the Zimmerman/Martin thing, the thing in Missouri, the nonsense in Baltimore, the list is nearly endless when somebody with an axe or two to grind takes an incident and blows it out of proportion.

But that’s not what caught my eye. This is:

Unfortunately, the writer for WHBL Radio seems inclined to consider only those who show tons of deference to police officials to be real journalists. Those that question the actions and motives of government entities are nothing more than non-journalist interlopers.

Some of that sentiment can be picked up in the first sentence of the second quoted paragraph:

Domagalski, armed with facts, and the law…

That’s some credible stenography right there. Then again, someone without even a Facebook page or a website could have transcribed Domagalski’s statement without pausing to infer the chief was wholly in the right.

There’s more, though.

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Apparently, people employed by WHBL will also be determining who is or isn’t a “credible journalist.” Defined in these surrounding terms, it will be those who publish whatever the PD provides, even if it appears to contradict what has been captured on video or gleaned from public records.

Just remember that if you dare to point out something fishy, you’re the problem.

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