Ooops! Who’s really got their pants down?
This item appears on the blog of WTAQ AM’s Jerry Bader today:
11:23 AM STATEMENT FROM JERRY BADER CONCERNING THE BARBARA LAWTON STORY:
I HAVE LOST CONFIDENCE IN THE SOURCES THAT PROVIDED
INFORMATION YESTERDAY REGARDING LT. GOV BARBARA LAWTON.
THEREFORE I CANNOT STAND BY THE STORY POSTED YESTERDAY.
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So what WAS the story, you may ask — since it’s no longer there? Well, I didn’t READ it, but I listened to it and here’s the gist: That Lieutenant Governor Barbara Lawton left the governor’s race under the duress of someone — who has photographic evidence, no less — threatening to expose a salacious affair. Bader’s story included the idea that it was a poorly kept secret that Lawton had an “open marriage” and that she had multiple relationships with women. Great stuff, huh?
Since I get over to Green Bay quite a bit, I’m familiar with WTAQ. It’s a Midwest Communications radio station with a programming format that is pretty much the same as Wausau’s 550 AM, also a Midwest Communications station. I don’t spend a lot of time listening to either one, but I will occasionally tune in just to see if things are still the same, which they always are.
I’ve talked with and heard Barbara Lawton many times during her tenure and I’ve always felt she had a greatly underrated intellect. Although I didn’t believe she was necessarily the strongest candidate that the Dems could field in next year’s governor’s race, I thought she was a solid and legitimate contender for people who took the time to get to know her views. I didn’t know if she could have carried the state by next November.
When I heard the rumor, I didn’t pass it on. Things like that need to be proven — (unless you’re Jerry Bader, I guess.) But I’m happy to pass along the retraction and I hope that there is much more recompense involved in this little episode than simply a blog entry that says he’s ‘lost confidence’ in his sources and ‘can’t stand by’ the story. How about a REAL apology?
UPDATE: 6:30 p.m., October 28, 2009 — Here’s a good piece from Wispolitics on this situation:
Note that WTAQ will be making an announcement on Bader’s status at 8:30 a.m. tomorrow morning. If you have trouble listening to the audio link in the WAOW blog, here is another blog link — (albeit colorfully-worded) — that contains a written version of Bader’s audio report:
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UPDATE: October 29, 2009 – Jerry Bader was suspended for two weeks, beginning next Monday. Lawton, speaking to WLUK TV in Green Bay this morning: “I think it is a minimal first action on the part of their station and the station’s ownership. I have yet to receive an apology from Jerry Bader. A two-week suspension seems inadequate to me.”