Say what you will about the death of the daily newspaper, The New York Times still occupies a very special place in the fragmented world of journalism.
Despite the political praise and criticism regularly directed at the paper, it is acknowledged universally to have the best reporting staff in the world and covers the news like nobody else.
In Wisconsin we love being mentioned in the Times. Recently the Milwaukee Symphony played at Carnegie Hall and you could feel the bated breath waiting for the review in the Times. When it came out and was a great review, people swelled with pride.
Wisconsin is in the Times once again this week, with a long article with the headline; "How Did Wisconsin Become the Most Politically Divisive Place in America?"
It is a thorough read and perhaps should be required of all citizens before they go to the polls June 5. It is not particularly one-sided or the other but after finishing I'd be surprised if you, like me, didn't feel a little sadness about how we are being portrayed.
One thing it might do is help spur some action to deal with and cure the Hatfield and McCoy mentality of "us or them" that's in this state. That profound and rabid distrust and ridicule serves nothing well. We don't want to be a real-life version of a talk radio show, but that's kind of what we've become.
The Times article doesn't really offer much in the way of solution suggestions. But it's a good and insightful record of how we got to where we are.
C'mon Dave - not one sided? You seem like a fairly bright guy - maybe you said that to start some discussion? I don't care what side you are on, you can't think that was a neutral article.
And the conservative viewpoint is to lie, see brewguru as an example.
"It is not particularly one-sided or the other...." You're kidding, right? You better go to to school if you think that was an unbiased article about Wisconsin politics.
"It is a thorough read and perhaps should be required of all citizens before they go to the polls June 5." Of course you want "all citizens" to read it before next Tuesday because you hope they vote Democrat.
The liberal viewpoint is "Raise taxes! And to hell with the middle class!"
3 comments about this article.
Post your comment/review now
Disclaimer: Please note that Facebook comments are posted through Facebook and cannot be approved, edited or declined by OnMilwaukee.com. The opinions expressed in Facebook comments do not necessarily reflect those of OnMilwaukee.com or its staff.
Recent Articles & Blogs by Dave Begel
Published March 7, 2014
Elvis? The Beatles? Willie Mays and Mickey Mantle? John Fitzgerald Kennedy? Who is the most famous person to have stayed in a hotel in Milwaukee? While not a mecca for the famous, like New York, Chicago or Los Angeles, Milwaukee has been a temporary home for many famous people.
Published March 6, 2014
Sometimes things sneak up on you and provide a surprise when you are least expecting it. The surprise I got last week at Turner Hall was that so many young people were, in three words, "very, very nice."
Published March 5, 2014
Think back to the famous 1983 movie "Flashdance" and answer the question, "What was it about?' You will probably respond that it's about a young girl named Alex, a steelworker who dances in an almost strip club and wants to get into an elite-level ballet school. But that's not the right answer if someone asks you about the busy stage musical adaptation of "Flashdance" that opened Tuesday night at the Marcus Center.
Published March 4, 2014
There are many on local sports talk radio who think the Milwaukee Bucks should purposely lose games so they ensure they will get the No. 1 pick in the draft. It's time someone took these crazies to task, and I am the guy to do it.
Published March 3, 2014
If you are going perform a play about women's professional wrestling, it's a good idea to determine whether the characters are going to be real people or caricatures. That's one of the problems afflicting "Cementville," the dark comedy by Jane Martin that opened at UWM's Peck School of the Arts over the weekend.
Published March 3, 2014
For decades, the people responsible for booking conventions in Milwaukee have cited the number of hotel rooms available as the primary obstacle to booking larger conventions into Milwaukee. And after a conversation with Paul Upchurch, the president and CEO of Visit Milwaukee, it's clear that the number of rooms is still an issue.
Published March 1, 2014
Great theater is about telling a story, and it's hard to find a much cooler story than "An Iliad," the epic poem by Homer. A retelling of that poem is the latest entry in the Milwaukee Rep season, and it's a performance that will leave you breathless.
Published Feb. 28, 2014
The highest grossing musical in history and a Tony award winning, laugh-a-minute riot highlight the 2014-15 season of Broadway shows announced by the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts Thursday night.
Published Feb. 27, 2014
Mayor Tom Barrett delivered his annual State of the City speech this week. Let's take a look at some of the highlights.
Published Feb. 26, 2014
Milwaukee Repertory Theater artistic director Mark Clements has developed a home run reputation for the bookings in the Stackner, which has been home to wonderful musical productions, and next year seems like no exception.