WGBA NBC 26 | 5-9-16 @ 5 p.m.
This one is a bit twisted. We’ll explain the bias in a moment.
We must first begin by applauding WGBA NBC 26 for revealing to viewers that it bowed to liberal pressure to favor the Democrat in the U.S. Senate race. Essentially, NBC 26 revealed that it capitulated to threats made by Russ Feingold’s attorney and pulled a negative campaign ad against Feingold. If not for this transparency we would not know why the ad is not being aired locally anymore.
The ad in question featured the Tomah VA whistle blower. In the ad, the whistle blower blamed then-Senator Russ Feingold for failing to help the victims of the deadly VA over-prescription scandal in 2009 after being alerted to the problem in a memo.
In the ad, the whistle blower says: “Russ Feingold ignored veterans’ concerns while veterans were dying at the facility. All those veterans who’ve come back wounded, and they die at the hands of politicians who look the other way. I just want the voters to know the real story.”
NBC 26 along with two other local stations (including WLUK FOX 11) decided to pull the ads because “Feingold’s attorney questions the credibility” of the ad, NBC 26 reported on May 9, 2016.
Local reporters will never know with certainty whether the memo in question was delivered to Feingold’s office and whether it came to his attention.
Local reporters don’t even seem to be investigating the issue. Instead, they capitulate to Feingold and willingly push his narrative.
Here the bias. In the lead, the NBC 26 anchor reported the ad is being pulled “for being misleading.” This was reported as a statement of fact. That, however, has not been established to be a fact. We don’t know what Feingold knew and when he knew it because reporters have given him a pass every step of the way.