Liberal Madison reporter commits journalism, gets played the race card

‘Seriously, block his ass!’ (That ass being the Squire’s)

Isthmus reporter Dylan Brogan is a reliably liberal voice but he committed some journalism earlier this month and got played The Race Card for his efforts.

The incident is a Little Red Book tutorial on how the Madison Left mau-maus members who deviate from the approved orthodoxy (that being: black man oppressed victim! America, racist to its rotten core!)


Brogan reported that Madison Ald. Mo Cheeks spent $18,000 on his re-election campaign this past April — completely blowing his neophyte (and white as Wonder Bread) opponent out of the water with 84% of the vote.

“So why was Cheek’s campaign one of the most expensive in city history?” Brogan queried. His article, “Hey Big Spender,” answered its own question. To summarize:

  • Cheeks spent his money on professionals.
  • His full-color lit (mailed rather than dropped) would have done a U.S. Senate campaign proud. (It’s no wonder, he had the work done by a Washington, D.C. political shop.)
  • Cheeks also hired as a consultant the same campaign operative who directed Hillary’s presidential operation in Wisconsin and is now running a gubernatorial campaign.
  • On top of that, he hired a full-time campaign manager.

Well, you would have thought the Isthmus reporter had spray-painted swastikas on M.L. King Jr.’s memorial across from city hall! The racially charged blowback is an object lesson in how the identity politics infecting Madison derails the public discourse and warps policy decisions. Oh, did we mention? Ald. Cheeks is A Person Of Color.

A reader named Eileen Harrington kicked off the race shaming:

I have to ask whether this is racially motivated? Or sour grapes? Or what? I’d like to see the author explain why attacking Mo Cheeks for his successful campaign is newsworthy.

Brogan took to social media to ask what other readers thought.

Ald. Mark Clear read from the party platform:

Dylan Brogan’s story, while factual, is red meat for those who would prefer that an uppity black man is kept in his place, and use coded, highly inflammatory phrases like ‘cop hater’ to incite emotions.

Former school board candidate Ali Muldrow took up the cudgel:

When you’re talking about people of color in the era of Donald Trump it doesn’t take much to incite bigotry. … If you want to talk about campaign-finance please be aware of Racial dynamics as you do it. Please question Your own motives in scrutinizing the leadership of people of color at a time like this.

(Brogan, properly chastized, promised I will.”)

The ever-reliable cop basher Amelia Royko Maurer threw down:

Dylan, there is a chiding/mocking tone in the title/column as opposed to one of curiosity. … I don’t believe he or any other candidate, who isn’t a millionaire (or white), has a choice but to raise and spend as much as they can.

Ald. Clear jumped back in:

Amelia nailed it. Many candidates are lauded for their fundraising prowess. Dylan’s story had just enough “how dare he” to incite the dumpster fire this thread has become.

Blaska rejoined the fray to point out that the Mo Cheeks juggernaut was a tune-up for his expected bid for mayor, a point that Brogan missed.

Mo is running for mayor, mainly on the race ticket. [During the campaign] His surrogate, Ald. Dave Ahrens, went to the news media to question, every so slyly, why a white man in this and another race would run against incumbents who happened to be African-Americans. Why would a 25-year resident of his neighborhood, vice president of his neighborhood association, run against the sainted alderman Mo Cheeks? Could the reason be (cue the Church Lady) RAY-CISM?!!!

To support his thesis, Blaska linked to the “news” article wherein Ald. Ahrens dealt the race card from the bottom of the deck: David Ahrens: What are the odds of these council matchups?

Matthew Braunginn of the local Black Lives Matter affiliate then posted this curiosity:

David’s weekend activities:

Weekend activities

Get it? Blaska is an alt-right Klan-loving, Nazi skinhead! Madison author and liberal gadfly Stu Levitan jumped to Blaska’s defense:

You think calling Blaska a Nazi/White Supremacist was fair/accurate? Yes, he’s very conservative — but you’re calling him a Nazi.

Matthew Braunginn retorted:

What’s the difference between someone that spews WS [later identified as “white supremacist”] ideology but doesn’t label themselves one and those that call themselves WS and say the exact same stuff?

Savion Castro, the One Wisconsin Now operative and campus free speech enemy, doubled down on the race card:

Now that the piece has been absolved of any negative racial connotations by a member of the nearly all-white Wisconsin press corps, we can get back to investigating the donors of Scott Walker’s $447,602 criminal defense fund.

Someone named  Kelly Danner opined:

It would have been a more interesting article if it looked at the obstacles that POC [people of color], women, and other minority candidates run into when financing campaigns, even at the local level …

Blaska thought that a bit rich.

Obstacles that POC, women, and other minority candidates run into when financing campaigns, even at the local level.” ??? Mr. Brogan’s article is about how Mo had no trouble raising money, n’est-ce pas? This IS Madison.

The Heckler’s veto, in print!

Up popped Emily Mills, who enjoys First Amendment protections sharing her standard-issue liberalism in a regular opinion column for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:

DB has to get the last word, and the ickiest, most off-base, ignorant last word possible. Seriously, block his ass. He’s never had anything of substance to contribute to discussions. Oh he’ll protest and cry bias, but the fact is there are conservative people with whom you can have honest discussion, and then there are the Blaskas of the world.

In calling for Brogan to “block his ass,” Ms. Emily is on the familiar ground of campus liberals. Indeed, her piece for the Milwaukee daily provides what intellectual cover she can muster for the heckler’s veto.

“Shouting down a Neo-Nazi … should be your patriotic duty,” she writes. Of course, just who might be a “neo-Nazi” is up to Emily Mills. Her example is Ben Shapiro. A Jewish neo-Nazi! Quite a feat!


The formula is simple: brand your adversary a Nazi and you are free to heckle, disrupt, drown out, shout down, smash windows, spray-paint swastikas, burn cop cars …

We close with this example of liberal-progressive-socialist situational ethics from a certain Jeff Christensen:

Elected official draws challenger. Elected official raises resources to get re-elected. Elected official is re-elected. I praise Alder Cheeks for doing the work needed to win. More people should learn this model of electoral politics.

Blaska asked if that applied to Scott Walker. We are still awaiting a response.

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50 Responses to Liberal Madison reporter commits journalism, gets played the race card

  1. madisonexpat says:

    Mo “Spending” Cheeks gets 84% of the vote and Madison Progs figure 16% must be racist and thus white supremacist and therefore they’re Nazis!


  2. coolkevs says:

    If Hizzoner doesn’t run for gov and stays to run for mayor one more time, will he have to wear the racist badge if Cheeks is his opponent?


    • Batman says:



    • Gary L. Kriewald says:

      If we’re awarding prizes for racism, the biggest goes to Ald. Ahrens (in whose district I regrettably find myself living). If a local official in Mississippi in the 1950s argued that a particular candidate should not run for office because of the color of his skin, there would be little doubt about his racial attitudes. But let a white liberal in Madison today make the same claim, and he gets kudos from the far left for his racial sensitivity.

      Liked by 1 person

  3. AnonyBob says:

    I remember seeing posters of Obama with a Hitler mustache (and also dressed as a witch doctor) during protests on the Capitol grounds in the heyday of the Tea Party. The Right’s hands are certainly not clean. You can get off your high horse with those graphics.
    But no, I also would not label this blog’s host a Nazi.


  4. Another blogger has chimed in on this….
    The Campaign Tactics Of Alder Maurice Cheeks Are Not Good For Madison

    Great discussion on Vicki McKenna this afternoon

    In the Spring Council Election, a White Seat is a Safe Seat

    Chris Rickert: Competition, political diversity foreign to Madison City Council

    David Ahrens wrong to assume voters react to race, not ideas

    David Ahrens: How can nonracist candidate be Trump supporter?

    Hey, big spender – A landslide win for Cheeks didn’t come cheap

    Hindsight sure is 20/20. I campaigned to raise the issues of public safety, to seek help for our police and push back against wasteful spending like the $400k police study. I tried to get help for the hopeless emergency detention problem that wastes $100k/year and pulls 320 plus cops off Madison streets a year. I ran because my alder and mayor never returned emails when I wrote about safety concerns. My mayor and alder never attended a single neighborhood watch meeting held in my community monthly for three years. I thought by running I could raise important issues, but here we are six months later and not much has changed. My mayor doesn’t even attend vigils at police memorials or attend award ceremonies that honor heroes in the city. At least now I can understand how Cheeks got so many more political signs up all over the district and turned my community against me and won by such a landslide. I never had a chance. But who really won here? Are the people of Madison really better off if less people challenge elected leaders on the issues? Are citizens really better off when elected leaders ignore them? Race was never the issue, but the misleading press sure made it work for them. Who really wins in elections like these?


  5. madisonexpat says:

    This seems to be a good example of how unhinged the Left still is. To say or believe there are any Nazis in this day and age is delusional.
    People, its been over a year since we began to hear hate about Donald Trump who was a stand up guy all his life until he ran for office against a Democrat.
    It gets old.


    • AnonyBob says:

      No Nazis? You seem to have missed the whole Charlottesville thing. Who do you think were carrying those torches, chanting against Jews, carrying swastikas? What do you call them? Hitler-enthusiasts? YOU’RE who’s delusional.
      Of course, you also think Trump is a stand up guy. Why don’t you ask any of the women he’s sexually assaulted (and bragged about), the POW he insulted, the entire races and religions he’s insulted, the hundreds of small businesses he’s screwed, the Trump U. students…I could go on. A long time. There is a lot that shows he is NOT a stand up guy. He outright lies and bullies constantly and has an incredibly thin, vindictive skin. Frankly, he’s reprehensible.


  6. old baldy says:

    “white as Wonder Bread”, says the biggest hypocrite of them all.


    • Patrick M O'Loughlin says:

      So Blaska’s a hypocrite because he pointed out that Mo Cheek’s opponent was white? That doesn’t even make sense to you, Baldy.


  7. madisonexpat says:

    25 guys with tiki torches looking to rumble with Antifa goons does not a Fourth Reich make.
    Unless you remain a bed wetting Lefty seething over a presidency you were promised but still cannot process.
    Klansmen, Nazis and Trump!
    Oh my!


  8. AnonyBob says:

    25? Try a couple hundred. Klansmen, Nazis and Trump. Oh my. Only you guys would think that’s fine.


  9. Batman says:

    To McCain: “I like people who weren’t captured.” Trump is despicable.

    ABob trolling again; he must be bored, and still has not answered my POW question.
    What a guy…


    • AnonyBob says:

      Batman: U.S. Senator John McCain was captured, imprisoned and tortured for many years by the N. Vietnamese. He was a Prisoner of War (POW). You’ve heard of this, right? Trump disparaged McCain during the campaign by saying he liked people that weren’t captured. You can see how this insulted this particular former POW and pretty much every other American serviceman who had the misfortune to be a POW, right? Now, can you see how Trump might be considered despicable?


  10. Batman says:

    You are dodging my question regarding “the POW he insulted.” Clearly you were referring to the condolence call Trump made to the wife.
    Granted; Trump has a lousy personality but not despicable. That would be Hillary.


  11. Batman says:

    ABob obfuscates when exposed to be mistaken in claim.


  12. Batman says:

    Cannot admit when you are wrong.
    What a guy.


    • AnonyBob says:

      I keep re-reading this thread and honestly have no idea what you’re talking about. What has insulting POWs (McCain) got to do with Trump’s clumsy insulting of that poor widow of the soldier killed in Niger?


      • old baldy says:


        Trump is an embarrassment to our nation, and the laughing stock of the world (except for the pup[et master in Russia). His treatment of McCain, the soldier killed in Niger, and how he ridiculed the Khan family certainly disqualify him from the office of Commander-in-Chief.

        Keep up the good work, Bob.


      • Gary L. Kriewald says:

        If anybody’s a laughingstock and an embarrassment to the nation it’s Frederika Wilson–she of the rhinestone cowboy hat (followed closely by Maxine Waters of California–she of the James Brown wig). The only reason these two clownish refugees from an Amos and Andy rerun are treated as though they have a brain between them is that they reliably deliver anti-Trump tirades–and woe to anyone who dares to aim a peep of criticism in their direction. After all, as “women of color” they’re automatically exempt from criticism–except by bigots, racists, neo-Nazis, etc., etc., etc.


  13. Batman says:

    Okay dude; go back and read your assertion–“the POW he insulted.”
    Using the singular, ‘the,’ clearly indicates you were referring to the condolence call, like I already said.
    Now demonstrate how Trump’s call was an insult to the POW as you assert.
    Trolling is for kids ABob.


    • AnonyBob says:

      “The” POW I was referring to is probably this country’s most famous POW, not the poor soldier slain in Niger. Who was not a POW. I was listing Trump’s screw-ups and lies (to put it kindly) during the campaign. Context, dude.


  14. madisonexpat says:

    Hey Baldy, how about Cong. Funny Hat’s treatment of Gold Star father Mattis?
    What does that disqualify her from?
    I’ll wait right here.


  15. madisonexpat says:

    According to Asshat he’s a racist as well because he called her an empty barrel.
    So to you and her both he’s a liar and a racist.
    And to continue your brilliant analysis and impeccable judgement, I am an idiot.
    Baldy, I don’t mind you considering me an idiot but your piling on a good man makes you beneath contempt.


    • AnonyBob says:

      Kelly proved he is no longer a good man when he smeared the congresswomen with lies in an attempt to defend his boss. Surrendering his integrity for Trump was a large price to pay. Trump corrupts, compromises or poisons everyone in his orbit.


      • Batman says:

        What lies?
        Please explain.


      • AnonyBob says:

        When Kelly addressed the WH press corps he recounted being at the dedication of an FBI building in Florida, where the congresswoman spoke. He said she bragged about getting $20 million for the building with just a phone call to Obama, that she made her speech all about her. Kelly called her an “empty barrel” – they make the most noise. Video of the speech showed none of that was true. She praised and recognized the other public officials (including GOP) that made the facility possible. She wasn’t even in office when the funding was approved. She sponsored legislation naming the building after two fallen agents and she recognized the Republicans that helped pass it. Kelly made up lies to smear her to discredit her account of his boss’s complete ineptitude at making a condolence call to a grieving widow. And Kelly wrapped himself in the flag and the dead in Arlington National Cemetary while lying. He’s been around Trump too long.


  16. old baldy says:

    Your rationalization is beyond contempt. Kelly had the opportunity to apologize for his mistake (something you don’t have the stones to do), yet the WH sent Sarah Jabberwocky out to blame the victim. Did you ever have a brain and/or spine ?


  17. Batman says:

    I read the same MSM stuff you did.
    Kelly claims his remarks were based on comments Wilson made later off camera that others witnessed.
    What exactly was wrong with Trump’s condolence call?


  18. madisonexpat says:

    If you heard Gen. Kelly’s explanation of what happens when we lose a serviceman such as his son and the others in Arlington National Cemetery, some of whom died because he sent them in harms way, you would know what an honorable man is and how he honestly feels.
    I am truly appalled that Kelly’s honor and honesty are invisible to ABob and Baldy.
    They have no decency.


    • old baldy says:


      Denial is running rampant within the realm of trumpettes. You made a big blunder in your rush to make a snarky point. Kelly tells a major-league lie on the national stage. Neither of you can prove anything, yet continue to blame someone else. Inexcusable behavior on the part of Kelly, just SOP for the splatmeister.

      I have great sympathy for Kelly for the loss of his son. I lost many friends in service in VN. But Kelly lost any honor in my eyes and the eyes of others when he went on the national stage and lied. His excuse is just that, an excuse. He should have checked the facts before he opened his mouth. I sincerely hope he has learned from this and does his due diligence in the future.


  19. madisonexpat says:

    First rule of holes…….


  20. AnonyBob says:

    You guys are hopeless. When presented with facts you simply deny without any basis, believing what you want to believe.


    • Batman says:

      “News site run by GOP hacks. No thanks.”

      “You [ABob] are hopeless. When presented with facts you simply deny without any basis, believing what you want to believe.”


      • Anonybob says:

        I also don’t get my news from Rupert Murdock flacks or tinfoil hat sites run by crackpots like Steve Bannon or Alex Jones. Y’all should try it.


  21. coolkevs says:

    And baldy and bob will be going into electoral extermination in 2018 with the running around with your heads cut off about DJT – now that’s hopeless for ya.


  22. old baldy says:


    Not me, and not bob either. Smart folks know djt isn’t up for re-election until 2020. But you can vote for him then if you want. Early and often.


  23. Batman says:

    Your last response is unsatisfactory.


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