There is a lot of spin coming out of the events in Wisconsin, and OB&B thinks it’s important to separate fact from fiction. Thankfully, so does a new entry on our blogroll, News Cut with Bob Collins, who linked to a great fact checking site this morning – PolitiFact. They did a great write up of the truths, distortions and outright lies of the debate in Madison. Some highlights include an MSNBC host making up figures, a progressive site outright lying about the Wisconsin National Guard, and this distortion from the AFL-CIO:
The AFL-CIO ad claims “thousands” of workers, including teachers, would lose all say in the workplace and see their union eliminated under Walker’s budget-repair bill.
The measure would eliminate bargaining rights for some groups of public employees, including nurses and teachers in higher education. That total tallies out to “thousands,” but the ad presents the question as if all public employees would lose all bargaining rights. It even selectively shortens a news account to underline this point. That is an overreach, at least as an immediate consequence of the bill.
Ah – it’s an important distinction, imo, to note it’s only teachers in higher education that this legislation would affect. Leaving this information out of the propaganda has left hundreds of thousands of public school students lacking educational instruction for days.
One of the important truths happens to be Governor Walker’s statement that the doubling of state employee contributions would still put Wisconsin at half the national average. You can access all of the fact checking articles at PolitiFact.