Saturday, October 13, 2007

Just The Facts, Ma'am. Just The Facts.

The Wisconsin Supreme Court recently rendered a decision allowing a large settlement in a civil case against the Milwaukee archdiocese and its insurance company. McBride, weakly presents an argument that this is why Justice Louis Butler shouldn't be re-elected to the bench next year, based on another blogger's opinion. McBride takes the position that the driver that caused the accident was a volunteer of a separate group that just happened to hold their meetings at a church. She even compares it to someone who might be attending an AA meeting and ponders if the church would be responsible for that person's accident.

Unfortunately for McBride, a real journalist reported in today's MSJ:

On March 25, 2002, Hjalmer Heikkinen's car was struck by a car driven by Margaret Morse, a member of Christ King Parish in Wauwatosa. She was transporting a statue of the Virgin Mary to a family in a different parish as part of a program conducted by the Christ King Legion of Mary, the parish's branch of a service organization. (emphasis mine)

In other words, the driver that caused the accident was a volunteer for the church's social organization, not someone that just happened to be at the church for an unrelated program.

One would think that McBride, being the world-renowned journalist, would have understood the importance of getting the facts to a story. Again, the question needs to be asked: She teaches journalism? Why?

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