By: Mark Glennon*
Last week headlines almost everywhere, including in Illinois media, said prosecutors alleged Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker was at the center of a nationwide criminal fundraising scream. The Sun-Times, for example, ran a headline “Prosecutors: Wis. governor part of ‘criminal’ fundraising scheme,” and their story, taken from its wire services, goes on to say Walker “took part in a nationwide criminal scheme to coordinate fundraising with conservative groups, prosecutors said in court documents.”
Wrong. This week the prosecutor took the unusual step of issuing a statement correcting the distortion of a document that only outlined a theory for a possible investigation. In fact, the prosecutor said, there was no allegation of a crime by anybody, Walker was not a target of the investigation, and a judge halted the investigation. Some media ran subsequent stories about the prosecutor’s statement, such as this one in the Washington Post, but most did not, including the Sun-Times.
*Mark Glennon is founder of WirePoints