Ever wonder how news editors decide what stories to put on the “front page”? We do.
Now we have never worked as a news editor. But we have always figured that, among their most important duties, editors are supposed to evaluate the various potential stories and put the most important ones up front.
But if that’s so, where were the editors of the Wisconsin State Journal on Sunday? Their front page story highlights a downtown “bath house” that’s going to be prosecuted for giving more than “baths”. Sexy! But actually not very important. Meanwhile, not on the front page — inside the paper instead — is a very important story.
Turns out Governor Walker’s decision to refuse Medicaid expansion was really, really dumb… wasteful for Wisconsin taxpayers, higher costs and insuring fewer than simply saying yes to the “Obamacare” fully-paid-for Medicaid expansion. The Legislative Audit Bureau says we’re currently losing out on $206 million federal dollars, and we will lose half a billion.
That is a big, big, Big Story! Why is it not on the front page? Why is it anywhere else?
Is it because the editors are reluctant to print hugely damaging front-page stories about the governor they endorsed? Because, make no mistake about it, this IS a hugely damaging story for the governor if people come to understand it.
a hugely damaging story for the governor
Why did Scott Walker turn down 100% funding from the feds to expand Medicare? It was, of course, purely political, serving a constituency of one — namely Scott Walker himself. Scott Walker thinks he’s Republican Presidential timber. And in order to get the Republican nomination, he’s got to demonstrate inchoate opposition to “Obamacare” in order win support among — oh, what should we call them? oh, let’s just say it — the insane wing of the Republican Party. This angry neoconfederate wing happens to be pretty influential right now. So Scott Walker decided to royally screw Wisconsin taxpayers, to once again harm Wisconsin’s economy, and probably indirectly hasten a few deaths because hating Obamacare (even though it was originally Romneycare) would be helpful to him in his quest for the nomination.
Not helpful to Wisconsin in any way. Just helpful to him. It says a lot about Scott Walker.
It’s a true story that people can understand. If they hear about it.