Scott Walker haters have been caught framing a story in an attempt to make the Wisconsin governor appear to be a threat to women, and @DrawAndStrike has a fantastic takedown at Storify:
Scott Walker’s budget contains language to delete certain sections related to campus rape reporting requirements. An article at Jezebel started it all by framing it this way:
The Daily Beast linked to the Jezebel story:
And the Daily Beast published their own version of the story this morning, calling Walker’s alleged move a “gutpunch for advocates for assault victims”:
But there’s something not mentioned in the Jezebel article:
The deletion of the rape reporting statistics language from Walker’s budget was made at the request of the University of Wisconsin because it would have been redundant, as the USA Today has reported:
The University of Wisconsin requested that Gov. Scott Walker remove a requirement that all 26 campuses report allegations of sexual assaults to the state every year because it already submits similar information to the federal government, a UW spokesman said Friday.
UW System spokesman Alex Hummel said Friday that the university requested the change because information given to the state is duplicative of data required to be reported to the U.S. Department of Education under federal law. The university also posts the information on its website.
The misleading Walker hit piece at Jezebel was promoted elsewhere:
At least the error has been noted in that instance:
If Walker runs, this is just a tiny sample of the kind of massive lies and distortions we’ll see in the coming months.
Editor’s note: This post has been updated to correct the spelling of the Twitter handle of @DrawAndStrike.