Monday, November 26, 2007

McBride's "Fair And Balanced" Version Of Journalism

In case anyone missed it, there was a number of stories of people announcing they would be stepping down from public office. One was Milwaukee Councilman Mike D'Amato. Another was U.S. Senator Trent Lott.

D'Amato's announcement has a lot of people speculating on why, especially after comments he has made recently touting his position and how he loves his job. Lott's announcement holds little surprise as that he wants to get out before new rules would keep him from becoming a lobbyist and raking in even more dough.

Simple, right? Not for our McBride.

At 8:47 p.m., McBride posts on the D'Amato announcement, saying that it seems suspicious. She even ends her post with this line:

Don't you normally have another job lined up BEFORE you give up your job? Has Steve Biskupic been lurking around Milwaukee City Hall again? I have no evidence
he has been...
Oooh, how catty of her. But not even two and a half hours later, at 11:14 p.m., she posts on the Lott announcement. Her whole post is this:

So why did Trent Lott announce HE was stepping down so suddenly? The Internet gossip is fast and furious. I hope it's not true. I'm choosing not to link to it unless verified.

To summarize today's lesson in McBridean journalism: Wild speculation is only OK if the subject is not one of your heroes.


  1. She means she hopes Trent is not gay.

  2. Regardless of what she might have meant (and that would be hilarious if Lott was gay), to put out innuendo and links like she did for D'Amato, and not do anything of the sort for Lott, would put her journalistic qualifications into question.

  3. Why did Jessica McBride leave her job at the Journal Sentinel and why hasn't UWM asked her? I'm not even going to post to the links about her serial conflicts-of-interest and allegations of the most damning kind of journalistic (and biblical) sins. That would be irresponsible.

  4. I wonder if she'll post my response:

    Jessica, you of all people should know better than to trade in rumor, gossip, and innuendo, especially given your own history as the subject of rumors and gossip (well, they really were more like facts) surrounding how you and Mr. McBride came to be a couple.

  5. If there was a decent alternative paper in town, they'd get hold of the penultimate Mrs. Bucher and ask her her version of events. It would be illuminating.