The common conservative response to our recent story on Governor Scott Walker is that it merely proves that Walker has been saying the same thing publicly that he’s been saying privately, and that there was therefore no news value to it. The claim was first made by the Governor himself, when he initially confirmed that it was in fact his voice on the audio recording we posted:
“The thing’s I’ve said are things I’ve said publicly all along. The fact of the matter is people have brought up all sorts of different options and as you saw if you listened to the tape we put that down.”
-Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker
That’s been the standard talking point. Even such luminaries of the extreme right as Rush Limbaugh have been parroting Walker in this manner:
“There’s nothing new here. There’s no news. By the way, there wasn’t anything in the whole call, he didn’t say anything that he hasn’t said publicly. So there’s no gotcha here. But the media’s having fun with it all because it’s a…’secret conversation.’”
But as the fact-checking website PolitiFact points out, this talking point is just not true. So just to be absolutely clear and on the record, here are some things Scott Walker will talk about in supposed privacy, but not publicly:
- That he had considered planting agents provocateur amongst the pro-union protesters.
- That his anti-union stance and legislation were inspired by former President Ronald Reagan’s political ideology as it was exemplified when he broke up the air traffic controllers’ union at the beginning of his term in office.
- That he would offer to speak. but not negotiate, with the 14 Democratic state senators who are currently out of state in order to technically get the quorum necessary to pass the legislation in question.
There’s an easy way to prove any of this wrong. All one would have to do would be to find any similar, verifiable public statements made by Walker on or before February 22, which is the day Murphy initially made the call. Do that, and we’ll correct the above facts.
You might not like undercover journalism, believing it to be somehow inherently unethical. You might not like us personally. You might think that the above three subjects are not that important, or that it would be ridiculous for Walker to discuss such tactics in public and that they therefore don’t count. You might even agree that Mika Brzezinski in fact is a “real piece of ass.”
But those are matters of opinions, not facts. What Walker said and didn’t say during Murphy/Koch’s conversation with him is a matter of fact. And when an ignorant dipshit like Rush Limbaugh says “There’s nothing new here,” he’s telling his audience a lie. Again.