Front page voter ID nonsense

This dismally stupid headline makes the routinely credulous reporting a real eye-catcher. Front page, Wisconsin State Journal — Voter ID ruling stirs confusion, raises fraud concerns. What?!?

Look, dear friends at the State Journal, there IS no evidence of felony-committing, fake “voters” masquerading as someone else on Election Day. Never was. It’s a scam, and a rather obvious one, intended to fool the gullible and the lightly informed, and to hide the real self-serving motives of powerful state politicians, to skew the vote, maybe just a percent or two, in their own favor.

Pixies! Babies!

If these same politicians offered a bill to stop pixies from kidnapping babies, how would you play it?pixie

How would you report this “problem”? Would you bring any kind of skepticism to it? Or would you just report what the politicians were saying? If the politicians didn’t have actual evidence of pixie criminals… if they claimed simply that lots of people were “concerned” about the possibility (and indeed, if you’ve ever read a poll, you can be certain that some us will say, yes, very concerned about pixies)… would you produce stories and headlines that seem to take this “concern” seriously? Because, you know, that not only misinforms readers, it makes you look very gullible. And “gullibility” is one of the last things we need in our journalists.