To compare the Prosser situation to Media Trackers' irresponsible regurgitation of fiction from a troubled partisan is a sure sign you're deep, deep inside the GOP message machine. Deep.
Read the Prosser story here: http://www.thedailypage.com/daily/artic ... icle=33921
I'd like to point out this part specifically:
Justice Prosser, contacted Friday afternoon by the Center, declined comment: “I have nothing to say about it.” He repeated this statement after the particulars of the story — including the allegation that there was physical contact between him and Bradley — were described. He did not confirm or deny any part of the reconstructed account.
Lueders and Wisconsin Public Radio reported that several sources said a physical altercation occurred, that Prosser had both hands around Bradley's neck and that details were "sketchy." All of those are just as true today as they were then. Lueders also reported that Prosser chose not to comment. Was that enough to go on? Without a doubt to anyone who is not an extreme partisan, yes.
Media Trackers and Daily Caller reported that Kyle Wood was beaten and verified with a police report to that effect. That's the end of the verified reporting on this case. The Daily Caller led with a statement that the race between Pocan and Lee has been contentious, attributing that opinion to nobody because nobody would have said that. Pocan is dominating the race and Lee has run a respectful and dignified campaign. The two sites also reported that Wood's car had been vandalized (as fact, not prefacing it with "Wood said") and produced no police report or photos confirming that. Media Trackers reported that Wood had received threatening text messages without bothering to actually look at the phone or attempting in any way to verify that the text messages existed, that they came from another phone and that the phone they came from belonged to Frank. All this despite the unbelievable nature of those texts.
Media Trackers pulled the post off their site, a move that indicates how proud they are of the work that went into writing it. My guess: They've been threatened with legal action and have so little to stand on that they have decided not to stand up at all. The Lueders report on Prosser and Bradley wasn't challenged at all, ever, by any of the involved parties.
An aside: I have met a few of the state supreme court justices, but Bill Lueders introduced me to Prosser when he was visiting the Isthmus office to meet with Bill. The same thing happened with Gableman. I wonder if Media Trackers has a similar record.