Lee Sensenbrenner is not cool

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The following would be funny coming from anybody but Gov. Jim Doye’s press secretary:

When asked for comment about an open records suit The Capital Times filed against the governor, Doyle spokesperson Lee Sensenbrenner sarcastically remarked he was “surprised” that The Capital Times had the “resources” to file a lawsuit.

It is fun to make fun of the press. They are very, very poor these days. The Cap Times has already dealt with its declining ad revenues by becoming a weekly and shifting its focus online.

It’s just very sad and pathetic when a politician’s spokesman celebrates the decline of the press by highlighting its inability to investigate his boss’s malfeasance. Poor Wisconsin. Poor America.

Long live the blogosphere!

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13 Responses to “Lee Sensenbrenner is not cool”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    lee sensenbrenner worked at the cap time before it folded as a daily and then went to the governor’s office, fyi.

  2. Anonymous Says:

    links to sources would be nice.

  3. Zach W. Says:

    “Long live the blogosphere!”

    I’ll second that.

  4. David Blaska Says:

    Actually, The Capital Times is sitting on $15 million in cash. Unlike Lee Enterprises, they did not go into hock by overpaying for the Pulitzer newspaper chain (which knew enough to get out while they still could). Sensenbrenner was a hack journalist when he was at the CT — but that’s what they wanted and that’s what they got. And Doyle … not half the governor or the human being that Tommy G. Thompson was and is.

  5. The Sconz Says:

    Thanks for showing up at the Sconz David. Your talking points are always appreciated.

    It apparently takes a hack to spot one.

  6. Emily Says:

    Oh snap!

    But seriously folks, I do find it a little extra catty when a state official makes a dig at a news publication like that. It reminds me of nothing so much as the president of my alma mater making snarky, disparaging remarks in public about the student paper because they dared print things that were less than glowing about him. Petty.

  7. Madisonian Says:

    Lee is a former writer for the Capital Times, and he probably knows plenty about their operations that none of us do. While it may be catty, it’s only human for him to comment about the self-inflicted decline of his former employer.

  8. Jason Smathers Says:

    Well, he’s kind of right…

    http://www.madison.com/wsj/mad/latest/461975

  9. KB Says:

    Well, I think both the State Journal and the Cap Times makes money. The problem lies with Lee Enterprises, who own a shitload of newspapers that are hemorrhaging money. So Lee strains the profitable newspapers thin, hoping they can bring in more profit.

  10. Zach W. Says:

    “And Doyle … not half the governor or the human being that Tommy G. Thompson was and is.”

    That’s meant to be a joke, right?!?

  11. Jason Smathers Says:

    Yeah, but they only own half of the company right? I mean, it can’t all be Lee (which, btw, I hate for reducing my hometown paper do a burnt out husk of crap.)

  12. Irish Frog Says:

    If you want a blog post about Lee Enterprises that will blow your mind, check out this one:

    http://newsosaur.blogspot.com/2008/12/how-debt-did-in-americas-newspapers.html

    I don’t see Lee making money anytime soon, and I’m not sure that’s a bad thing. Why should newspapers be for-profit enterprises? It seems to me the NPR/Publica model of non-profit news source is far more reputable and sustainable.

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