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Is Walker critic an appropriate source?

10:52 PM, Dec. 17, 2012  |  Comments
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The front-page story "Election Day Political Football" published on Nov. 29 about Governor Scott Walker's comments regarding abolishing same-day voter registration included commentary critical of the governor's comments from Michael Kraft, who was identified three times in the article as a University of Wisconsin-Green Bay political science professor.

This is also the same Michael Kraft who signed the Walker recall petition on Nov. 18, 2011, which I would argue is relevant to the story. Given Kraft's political agenda, how could he have been asked to provide meaningful and unbiased commentary from an academic perspective?

He certainly could have been interviewed and identified as an opponent of Walker's agenda, but he was not. While the issue of eliminating same-day voter registration is worthy of debate and further investigation, certainly a better academic perspective could have been provided for the story. Att he very least a local professor who did not publicly petition to remove from office the person about whom he is being asked to comment would have been more appropriate.

I would propose that the identification for Kraft would have been more accurate and informational if it had instead stated "Governor Walker recall petitioner."

Marcus Zelenski

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