Letter: Hudson Star-Observer exemplifies double standardThe Hudson Star-Observer exemplifies the double standard practiced by most liberal media these days.
By: Ken Palmersheim, Hudson, Hudson Star-Observer
The Hudson Star-Observer exemplifies the double standard practiced by most liberal media these days.
My proof is that during the recall election last year of our very competent State Sen. Sheila Harsdorf, I sent a letter to the editor of the paper supporting her for her position. In the letter I mentioned that her opponent was reportedly a fine award-winning teacher, and I suggested that since that was the case, that she stick with that profession. The paper notified me that they would not print my letter, because they would not print any letter making disparaging remarks about a candidate’s political opponent.
However, in the Star-Observer of April 12 a letter was published criticizing Governor Walker for recent bills signed that are designed to discourage promiscuous sex in order to protect the health of our youth. One bill also guarantees a pregnant woman the right to have a private conversation with a doctor so she will not be in danger of being forced into the termination of a pregnancy that is not her decision.
Then in the last line of this letter the writer states that “it is time for Walker to be kicked out of Madison”. If this isn’t a disparaging comment about a candidate during the heat of a recall campaign, I fail to understand what is.
Editor’s note: The Star-Observer’s longstanding letter policy allows criticism of candidates anytime, except the final edition of the newspaper before an election. If the writer’s letter was submitted before deadline and declined, it must have been submitted for an edition a week before an election. Gov. Walker’s recall election is not until June 5 (potential primary May 8).