Tuesday, December 21, 2010

PolitiFact burns Sykes's ass

Charlie Sykes's pants are on fire on a daily basis between 8:30 a.m.and noon, and probably when he's off the air, too.

The Journal Sentinel's PolitiFact, which has been criticized by lefty bloggers for failing to fact check Sykes, gives him a Pants on Fire rating on his claim about University of Wisconsin Rose Bowl expenses.

It's more than a a little self-congratulatory:
PolitiFact doesn’t just look at politicians or elected officials. It will take on anyone who speaks up in the civic discourse, even if their radio station is owned by the same company (Journal Communications Inc.) that owns the Journal Sentinel.
And Sykes, like his counterpart Mark Belling did awhile back, cheerfully admits he made it up, as though that is perfectly OK:
"My ‘evidence’? Absolutely none."

Sykes went on to label his remark "an off-hand wisecrack" -- "You know, humor, hyperbole, joke."
Hilarious, huh?

While it's nice that the JS challenged Sykes, at long last, it's too bad it chose a fairly trivial topic after ignoring all sorts of whoppers on much bigger issues during the recent campaign.

We rate this one as Window Dressing.


  1. Good call. It's a lot like the 1-2 times a year O' Reilly makes a show of going after some goofball rightie to show he's "fair." When JS starts dealing with Chuckles' many lies on actual issues that might affect the JS bottom line, then I'll give Republifact a bit more creedence.

    But the comment proves my point again that UW Athletics should be demanding Sykes tone down the act against UW, or move to a different station where they won't be denigrated by jealous suburb boys.

    WTMJ gets a lot of listeners from Badger sports, and those people help to raise Charles Sykes' ratings when they keep the radio on the same channel (this happens more than you may think). I don't think WTMJ wants to lose them or the revenues that result from having Bucky, so why not have Barry Alvarez play hardball with 620 and the trash they have for hosts?

  2. The same is true for Brewer's and Packers.