Sunday, October 23rd, 2016

WTDY’s self-awareness problem


WTDY in Madison is a little cranky because one of their reporters was denied access to a Mitt Romney event.

After attempting to enter an appearance by Sen. Ron Johnson Wednesday at the Monona Terrace, WTDY political reporter Dylan Brogan was told he could not cover the event, which was open to the press and which Brogan said reporters from WKOW and WRN attended.

Johnson’s appearance was a campaign event on behalf of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney. Ben Sparks, communications director for the Romney campaign in Wisconsin, said he had made the decision based on recent protest actions of WTDY employee John “Sly” Sylvester, who hosts the progressive talk show “Sly in the Morning,” and who appears frequently at labor events. Sylvester recently protested an event in Janesville where Sen. Ron Johnson and Rep. Paul Ryan were scheduled to speak.

WTDY claims that because their news department is separate from Sylvester’s program, they shouldn’t have to pay for his misbehavior. So every left-winger that’s ever complained about Charlie Sykes working for WTMJ is now going to call station management and apologize, right?

As for WTDY, when you have a personality that goes out of his way to deny the free speech of others like Sylvester, it’s a little hypocritical to start suddenly remembering the First Amendment.

In the immortal words of Tony Soprano, “Those that want respect, give respect.”

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