Empower Wisconsin | Sept. 2, 2020
MADISON — Dan Bice has long been in the liberal agenda promotion business. Now the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reporter has become a spokesman for the Cancel Culture.
His recent piece on conservative talk show host Vicki McKenna went beyond his usual sleazy hit job. Bice took aim at the people he erroneously claimed sponsored McKenna’s show. He fired at the radio personality’s “rant” about Kyle Rittenhouse, the Antioch, Ill., teen who has been charged in the fatal shooting of two men apparently involved in last week’s Kenosha riots.
Bice pulled bits and pieces from McKenna’s show last week. He cut and pasted her comments to fit his narrative — and more so, his intent: To get Vicki McKenna, straight-talking enemy of the left, fired.
In his first piece, Bice ignored McKenna’s overarching point, her OPINION, that Rittenhouse, though boasting of coming to Kenosha to help business owners protect their property, was acting in self defense against a violent mob that video shows was attacking him.
He didn’t bother to tune into her show later in the week when she interviewed a witness to the events, someone who was with Rittenhouse that night, and seconded McKenna’s assertions.
McKenna, as Bice notes, asked listeners, “Where are all the patriots who brag on Facebook, ‘Hey, bring it baby! Lock and Load!’ Where the hell were you last night? … Have you cleaned your guns lately? Do you have enough ammo?”
McKenna wasn’t promoting a war. She was talking about citizens protecting a city under siege by a militant left that had spent the past several days burning down businesses and government property, threatening the lives of countless people and beating the hell out of anyone who resisted. A city that was left to its own defenses when liberal political tool Gov. Tony Evers failed to send out enough National Guard members to keep the peace.
But in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s myopic coverage, in which they painted rioters and looters as cultural heroes and critics of the Black Lives Matter movement as ignorant racists, there wasn’t much room left for the victims of the devastation.
The newspaper did give Bice plenty of space to help the left silence their political enemies, just as Bice and his colleagues attempted to do during Wisconsin’s infamous John Doe investigations aimed at taking out former Republican Gov. Scott Walker.
In his original piece, Bice included what he erroneously believed to be the names of McKenna’s sponsors. They were advertisers on her station, but not sponsors of her show. When he was told of his mistake, the Journal Sentinel removed the names from the online story, but by that time the damage was done.
It worked. Apparently at least one advertiser pulled out. No doubt that brought a smile to old Dan’s face.
It’s curious, though. While Dan Bice and his newspaper ranted about Vicki McKenna, they opted not to cover the story of Dr. Sami Schalk. The associate professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Department of Gender & Women’s Studies took to Twitter recently not only cheerleading for the rioters in Kenosha, but boasting she was supplying them. She advised Black Lives Matter protesters heading out to riot-ravaged Kenosha, “please don’t video tape folks doing anything illegal.”
“(W)ear black, wear shoes you can run in bring water, masks, phone battery, snacks. If you get gassed, rinse your eyes w/ water only, we don’t know what chemical they’re using,” the professor also admonished.
Now if Bice and his newspaper were playing fair they might publish a story about Schalk and her sponsors — the unfortunate taxpayers of Wisconsin forced to pick up her $102,000 salary. They didn’t. Not a word.
But then again, the Cancel Culture is selective in its indignation.