Does the University of Wisconsin system believe that 12 year olds are fair game for media attacks? Because it employs a journalism instructor at UW-M who believes exactly that.
The Brawler is, of course, referring to Jessica McBride who makes this interesting point in comments appending a post in which she bemoans how Michelle Malkin (who, in the 21st Century, sadly, is media) has been denounced for attacking a 12 year old boy. His crime: speaking in the Democratic Party's radio address to the nation about how he was helped by SCHIP (which is. you know, true) and in opposition to Bush's veto of the (bipartisan) SCHIP bill.
Jessica, take it away:
The assets/financial means of this family became fair game the second they stepped voluntarily into the political boxing ring because the political debate and rationale for the Bush veto centered on financial tests and where to draw that line. If you can't take the heat, stay out of the political kitchen and keep your kids out of it too.(Brawler's bold.)
For what it's worth, Jessica's argument appears to be that a thoroughly middle class family in Baltimore should sell their house (which has appreciated since they bought it a decade ago), rather than take public assistance, to cover their kids' expensive medical bills. Where will they sleep? That's their problem!
Erik Opsal has a thorough rundown of the right's utter mendacity in its attacks on this family.
But back to the Brawler's initial question: Does the University of Wisconsin believe that 12 year olds should be attacked by the media? If not, why does it employ a journalism instructor who does?