Grapevine: Media pounce on Scott Walker 'lie'

Simple mistake caused quite a stir


Now some fresh pickings from the Political Grapevine...

Do You Know the Way?

Of all the things that could go badly on a commercial flight-- ending up in the wrong place-- should not be one of them.

But research by the Associated Press finds-- it has happened at least 150 times over the past two decades.

Last month-- a Southwest Airlines plane nearly hit a ravine after landing on a short runway at a small Missouri airport-- that it mistook for the larger Branson Airport.

In November-- a cargo plane got stuck after landing at a small airport several miles from its intended target-- McConnell Air Force Base. 

In most cases-- the runway was confused for one nearby.

The number may actually be higher than 150.
Records are based on pilots and airlines volunteering their own mistakes.

Say What?

A simple mistake caused quite a stir today-- after it appeared Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker lied-- about having voted for Ronald Reagan.

In a transcript posted by the blog Right Wing News, the Republican governor was quoted as saying--

"I was a teenager, had just become a teenager and voted for Ronald Reagan - limited government, you know, smaller government, lower taxes, strong national defense."

33 years ago-- when Reagan was first elected-- Walker was only 13 years old.
Four years later when he was re-elected-- Walker was still only 17-- not old enough to vote.

Several media outlets-- including Huffington Post, Gawker, and International Business Times-- picked up the story.

Turns out-- the person who typed up the interview misheard the governor.


Gov. Scott Walker, R-Wis.: A vote for Ronald Reagan meant limited government, you know, smaller government, lower taxes, strong national defense. You knew what you were getting.


It's a little fuzzy—the governor’s campaign points reporters to the blogger’s correction that Walker said-- "a vote for" Reagan-- not "I voted for" Reagan.

The blogger is apologizing for the error.

The Drawing on the Wall

And finally-- new signs appearing in Illinois schools-- declare the buildings gun-free zones.
You might think school officials would be in favor of this.

Apparently not.

Some are taking issue with these 4x6 inch stickers-- because they show a gun.

The principal of Tinley Park High School says it is "bothersome" to have the outline of a gun posted.

She told the SouthTown Star-- she's worried people might think guns used to be allowed.

She suggested something more subtle-- like a logo-- instead of a gun.