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No matter our disagreements, we don’t need pitchforks and torches

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Few things get our blood boiling like politics. But sometimes political rhetoric goes too far. In a prime-time speech to the nation last week, President Joe Biden warned of the danger of politicians encouraging violence as a political tool. Apparently Tim Michels wasn’t listening. The Republican candidate for Governor in Wisconsin reacted angrily to a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel news report about Michels, detailing how his foundation donated to anti-abortion and anti-gay groups. He was so incensed that he called for his supporters to pick up pitchforks and torches. Presumably he meant that metaphorically, but in this age of political divisiveness, it isn’t a good look. Michels also launched his tirade against the reporter behind the story, the newspaper that published it, and the media in general. He, however, did not say the story isn’t true. He may not like that it was reported, but it is factual. So the pitchforks and torches should be taken up against the truth? Similarly, Senator Lindsey Graham suggests there may be riots in the streets if former President Trump is prosecuted over his handling of classified documents. We are a nation on edge. We don’t need politicians fanning the flames with political rhetoric that suggests we go over the edge, and grab pitchforks and torches.

Scott Robert Shaw serves as WIZM Program Director and News Director, and delivers the morning news on WKTY, Z-93 and 95.7 The Rock. Scott has been at Mid-West Family La Crosse since 1989, and authors Wisconsin's only daily radio editorial, "As I See It" heard on WIZM each weekday morning and afternoon.

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5 Comments

  1. Chip DeNure

    September 6, 2022 at 7:03 am

    Political divisiveness attributed to Michaels, but no mention of Joe Biden’s soul stirring speech. Typical media bias against Republicans.

  2. Kent

    September 6, 2022 at 7:45 am

    AS I SEE IT ; In 2020 Maxine Waters was stoking the flames of the Deocratic rioters screaming in front of a crowd to get in the face of republicans at gasoline stationand grocey ( which she does’nt know what a gas station is because she hasn’t have to fill up her secret service limo in 15 years ) Them we have Kammala Harris bailing out the 2020 rioters and saying on the national scum cnn news that the riots will not stop and we wont stop !!!!!! That Mr Scott is in sighting riots , But here you are again , you wont bring up their stuff , therefore you are one of them , Please report both sides , not just your side !!!!!!!!!!!

    • Doug Cifuentes

      September 6, 2022 at 9:02 pm

      Cable “News” and major networks “News” I find no longer trustworthy.
      They lost me a long time ago.
      It has gone the way of entertainment and scandal and has little value in transmission of facts . I watch local news to check the weather and sports scores .Waiting for the day when they eventually fail at reporting that accurately .

  3. Mike Sladky

    September 6, 2022 at 9:25 am

    Robert, I have asked you numerous times to: Please stop crying.

  4. Frank Servais

    September 6, 2022 at 9:40 am

    Actually I agree with the point you make in your article, but it does appear to be one-sided. I would like to hear the news…both sides of it, and then make up my mind of which candidate I want. Unfortunately, the press seems to prefer to tell one-side of the story and then tell you what you should believe. On both sides of the political scale I see partial truths in what is said, and then distorted assumptions (some would say lies) reflected by the media – normally slanted to whichever party they want to win (normally democratic). With this approach I don’t see how we can come together as a state or nation.

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