25 Wisc. journalists signed Gov. Walker’s recall petition

From Green Bay Press Gazette editor Kevin Corrado:

In this politically charged climate, Wisconsin residents have gotten caught up in state politics with an intensity not seen in decades.

It’s an issue this newspaper has covered extensively, including Sunday, when the Gannett Wisconsin Media Investigative Team broke a story exposing 29 circuit court judges who signed the petitions to recall Gov. Scott Walker.

Our journalists are expected to provide you with the clearest pictureof the news as it develops — with objectivity and impartiality. And, as readers, you must be able to trust that your newspaper is providing you the most complete picture, without bias of any kind.

In the interest of full transparency, we are informing readers today that 25 Gannett Wisconsin Media journalists, including seven at the Green Bay Press-Gazette, signed the recall petition. It was wrong, and those who signed the petition were in breach of Gannett’s principles of ethical conduct.

Here’s how the anti-Walker journos rationalized the breach of conduct:

A number of the journalists told their editors they did not consider signing the petition a political act. They equated it to casting a ballot in an election. But we do not make that distinction.

All citizens, including journalists, have a right to hold their own opinions about political issues.

Journalists can and do voice their opinions about political issues with their colleagues, friends or family. Journalists can and do vote in elections. Those actions are appropriate.

But journalists who work within a professional news organization must go to extra lengths to ensure against even the impression of favoring a candidate or a position.

Twitter reaction from Wisconsin newspaper readers, journos, and politicos:

  • Wigglesworth

    Media (non)-shocker: 25 Wisc. “journalists” signed Walker recall petition.
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    They’re party hacks masquerading as journalists.

  • bigsun24

    I wonder if those journolisters will cancel their subscriptions in protest.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4T74Z22EI6YP6HRUDBMFKLFOJU JonInVa

    While seeing the proof of it is a bonus, we all know that the majority of these liberal hacks work in anonymity and use the paper to get their partisan views across in one fashion or another.

  • http://twitter.com/axisforgood Jon

    Wow, 29 judges signed the recall, about 12 percent of Wisconsin’s county-level judiciary.   And it only take one  judge to grant an injunction.  So just like the media the judicial branch’s impartiality is now blatantly being replaced by activism.

  • King_Putz

    Newspapers are so yesterday. And crooked newspapers are soon to be dead newspapers.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EU6YOXXE2YW3ZCZ627SR56NE6U izzy

    Their comparing signing the petition to voting rings true – they ARE Wisconsin residents who should have a say in what they think is wrong with Walker’s governorship.

  • Botzilla

    And an Obama appointee strikes down act 10