Just what is the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s Patrick Marley trying to accomplish? Is he auditioning to become the next Jim Acosta and the center of his stories?
In a bizarre story for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Marley accuses Republican legislators of dodging questions about gun control proposals. Except the legislator in question, Sen. Dan Feyen (R-Fond Du Lac), clearly didn’t dodge the questions. He just didn’t give Marley the answers he wanted as the senator was trying to go to the bathroom.
Sen. Dan Feyen, R-Fond du Lac, signaled he doesn’t want to see any changes to Wisconsin’s gun laws after 31 people were killed within 24 hours in shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, this week.
“I think we have laws on the books that are good right now,” he said.
He tried to brush off additional questions.
“I have no comment at this time. I’m done,” he told a reporter. “Can you stop recording?”
Asked if he thought there was anything Wisconsin lawmakers could do to prevent mass violence, he said, “Not at this time.”
That’s not dodging the question. That’s answering the question and trying to end the impromptu ambush interview. Of course, the Journal Sentinel (Milwaukee’s temporary branch of the Gannett empire) hyped the part where Feyen asked the recording to stop even though he had already answered Marley’s question.
Feyen responded on Twitter to the article:
And then Feyen reveals Marley was hardly on deadline when he confronted the senator. The whole exchange took place a week before the story was posted online.
Marley then tried to defend himself on Twitter by posting the whole exchange with Feyen. However, it just shows that Feyen didn’t “dodge” Marley’s questions.
Marley also claimed on Twitter that Feyen wasn’t going to the bathroom because they passed one along the way. Maybe Feyen was afraid the conversation was going to continue at the urinal. Either way, it’s pretty clear that Marley got answers to his questions that he didn’t like and then claimed Feyen was ducking the questions. However, Marley had a full week to follow up with Feyen’s office if he felt he didn’t get an answer and didn’t bother to try.
This is Marley’s second article in two weeks attacking legislative Republicans for having “no plans to prevent mass shootings.” Clearly there is an agenda driving this type of coverage.
Or maybe Marley is auditioning for that job with the Wisconsin Examiner.