Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Corporate Media Tries To Cover Up Walker's Molotov Gaffe

By now, the gentle reader has probably heard about the gaffe by Scott Walker, found by the good folks at One Wisconsin Now, in which he signed a letter "Thank you again and Molotov."  The story has pretty much gone viral across the nation, including Jeff Simpson's coverage of the story at this here blog.

Unsurprisingly, the corporate media once again steps in to minimize the bad news for Walker.

First look at the coverage by Jessie Opoien from the Cap Times:
Presumably, Walker meant to write "mazel tov" and didn't intend to wish good tidings of incendiary weapons. Perhaps it was a case of AutoCorrect or that pesky Microsoft Word paperclip causing shenanigans.
Opoien then goes on to list other gaffes to show this one wasn't so bad on the grand scheme of things.

Things get ridiculous when one looks at the story by Dan Bice of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
Walker, however, downplayed the mistake on Wednesday. He said that the letter probably dated back a decade and said he couldn’t remember if it went out in that form.

“My guess is it was a typo,” Walker said. “I figured nationally my thumb has healed up and my bald spot is boring now, so they’re going to talk about things like that.”


Walker's mistake could have been the result of Auto Correct, the program that offers sometimes not-so-helpful edits to misspelled words, even though the note to Gimbel appears to be a formal letter.

Microsoft Word doesn't have an automatic correction function. But if you type mozoltov -- a phonetic spelling of mazel tov -- Microsoft will suggest "molotov" as an alternative spelling.
The truth is that Walker really is that spelling-impaired.

As evidence, I would remind the gentle reader of Walker's tribute to Abraham Lincoln that was so strewn with spelling errors that it would give an English teacher a migraine:
Walker the historian gives us a comment on Lincoln's most famous speech, and misspells a great man's name twice in the process:
"At (sic) his Gettysburg Address, Lincoln famously said, 'Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal' This was not just lip service, as evidenced from the words of contemporaries like Frederick Douglas (sic), former slave and early civil rights leader. Douglas (sic) said Lincoln was 'the first great man that I talked with in the United States freely who in no single instance reminded me of the difference between himself and myself, of the difference of color.'"


Walker's screed against the Democrats, disguised as a tribute to Lincoln, goes on to say, "This sediment (sic) that all men are is equal is evidenced in the Republican Party's current platform of equal taxes on all, and opportunity for all regardless of race, gender, or age ... Contrast that with the tenants (sic) of the (sic) Barack Obama and the Democrat (sic) party ... "
Obviously, Walker isn't the brightest flame on the Menorah.  This wasn't a typo or an errant spell check.  It was just more evidence that Walker's poor cognitive skills.

Sadly, this isn't the first time Bice has done something like this.

Bice also wanted people to think that the reason he had fired Taylor Palmisano wasn't because of the infamous Black Friday fundraising email but because of some racist tweets she had made three years before, but just happened to coincidentally surface at the same time as the story about the email.


  1. Looks like Walker isn't adverse [sic] to dropping the bomb on Jews, either!

    1. Mark, I guessing you meant to type, bwamb.

      Was Walker's gaffe reported conveniently to distract from the recent Las Vegas junket, where I have yet to see the news reporting of any state of WI official business having been conducted by Scooter. Was this taxpayer funded travel and/or just gubernatorial paid vacation time?

  2. He would have done better if the Boy Scouts had offered a Spelling merit badge. By the way, did Walker ever mention that he's an Eagle Scout? (Yes, that is intentional sarcasm...)

  3. Not as bad as Obama's made up Bible verse!

    1. Huh? Seriously?

      Why is it that whenever Walker screws up, the only way his supporters can deal with it is to make crap up about some other politician. (You do realize people paraphrase the Bible pretty much like all the time? You do realize that our current Bible has already been re-translated and paraphrased thousands of times over the past 2000 years? That's pretty different than someone badly mangling a pretty common and culturally important expression.)

      So much for personal responsibility... Thanks for playing!

    2. actually...not knowing the difference between molotov (a Russian general in WW2-on that note alone should have been red flagged i n the mind of anyone wanting to be leader of the free world) and the Yiddish phrase in question is pretty different from paraphrasing the bible. pretty ignorant if you ask me....or is it just kind of condescending?

  4. Ah, the soft bigotry of low expectations. Helping Republicans fail upwards since 1980.

  5. All I have to say about this story is ramen and holly hoohah.

    God stress Scott Walker!