The fact that she is intelligent, motivated and - gasp - a woman, this makes her an immediate threat in the eyes of Team Walker.
So enter professional propagandist, Ryan Ekvall of Wisconsin Reporter. Ekvall is the latest of a number of the usual trolls being cycled through the Koch front group, apparently replacing Kevin Binversie who left under unexplained circumstances.
Ekvall went trolling through Walsh's social media until he found something that he could conflate. What he found was a blog post by Walsh in which she described a lesson she gave her students about the art of political cartoons.
Because the children chose to draw their cartoons about Scott Walker, Ekvall decided that he not only had to try to discredit Walsh but showed his true nature when he attacked the children as well:
Some kindergartners, first-graders and second-graders in Madison public schools are apparently preparing for futures in either political cartooning or time on a psychiatrist’s couch.So, in Ekvall's warped mind, one lesson means a career or mental health issues?
Kati Walsh, an elementary art teacher at the Madison Metropolitan School District in July posted some of her students’ drawings of Gov. Scott Walker in jail. Walsh suggests her young Rembrandts’ ideas for their sketches popped up out of thin air.
I suppose we shouldn't expect much from Ekvall who actually tweeted that milk is bad for cows:
Ekvall is a good fit for Wisconsin Reporter though. Wisconsin Reporter has a long history of being less than accurate with their sensationalism and distortion. You could find more reliable reporting in the tabloids at the checkout lane in a grocery store.
They ran one of their "legitimate" news stories based on a hearsay story told on a squawk radio show.
At the beginning of 2012, I exposed Wisconsin Reporter to be nothing more than a front group for the Franklin Center, which in turn is nothing but a front group for the Koch Brothers and similar oligarch groups. I further pointed out that this group was being operated by Walker financial donors and consultants to Walker's campaign.
This was followed up by an independent investigation by Erik Gunn, who also found them to be rather sketchy at times. Gunn found that the facts which I reported were accurate.
Even though this propagandist group has no integrity and no reliability, their pretense of being an actual news agency is enough for other Koch-like-funded groups to produce misleading stories which could be used on campaign advertisements.
Ekvall's story against Ms. Walsh and her students should be taken in the light of who they really are. What this story really conveys is what I'm pretty sure they didn't mean to convey - that Walker is so vulnerable in the upcoming election that they are willing to attack and smear innocent teachers and their students, in a feeble and vain effort to drum up support for Walker.