A Gannett reporter who writes for both the Appleton Post-Crescent and USA Today covering local and Wisconsin politics, including Gov. Scott Walker’s presidential bid, signed a petition in 2011 to recall Walker from office.

Madeleine Behr is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin Madison, and she wrote for a number of publications before joining Gannett earlier this year.

Madeleine Behr

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Her first story for the Post-Crescent appeared online on July 2, and since then she’s published 35 stories, including four that focus on Walker’s presidential bid, and others that cover the political aspirations and maneuvers of high profile Democratic candidates.

In 2012, then-Post-Crescent publisher Genia Lovett disclosed that 25 Gannett journalists, including nine at the Post-Crescent, signed Walker recall petitions, but none of them were assigned to the political beat. “It was wrong, and those who signed were in breach of Gannett’s Principles of Ethical Conduct for Newsrooms,” Lovett wrote.

There’s no mistaking Behr’s contribution to both the Post-Crescent’s and USA Today’s political coverage. On Twitter, Behr claims she is, “Covering Wisconsin politics for @USATODAY. Local government @postcrescent.”

On November 18, 2011, Behr signed a petition to recall Walker from office. The address she lists is a UW Madison residence hall.

Joel Christopher, vice president of news for Gannett Wisconsin Media, responded to a Media Trackers inquiry about Behr’s assignment to cover Walker, saying, “We indeed are aware that Madeleine signed the Gov. Scott Walker recall election petition in 2011 because Madeleine made it a priority to tell us before she even interviewed for a reporting position with us.”

Christopher further explained that, “With Madeleine and every Gannett Wisconsin journalist whose work we put in front of the public, we invite people to read with a critical eye because we’re confident they will discover strong journalism reported fairly and accurately in a nonpartisan fashion in service of the public interest.”

“Scott Walker had his own email controversy,” blares the headline of Behr’s July 30 story about Walker, which claims that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s e-mail controversy involving classified information and secret personal servers is similar to a private e-mail network established by Walker aides when he was Milwaukee County Executive.

“While Clinton has been scrutinized for her use of private email for public purposes, Walker’s county executive office once faced questions, and even a criminal investigation, over its use of a private email system to do campaign work on public time,” Behr wrote. Her story went on to quote Jay Heck of Common Cause Wisconsin, a far-left group, and a former Democratic attorney general of Wisconsin who downplayed Clinton’s actions and played up what they thought was wrong-doing on the part of Walker.

Unlike a similar Milwaukee Journal Sentinel story, Behr never mentions that it was Democrats who first compared the Clinton e-mail situation to Walker’s aides’ actions.

Other stories Behr has written for Gannett about Walker include a column musing about the importance of Iowa to Walker’s presidential prospects, his poll numbers in Wisconsin, his plan to repeal and replace ObamaCare, and his performance in the first GOP presidential debate of the cycle.

Prior to joining the Post-Crescent / USA Today, Behr wrote for the leftwing Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism, a non-profit that receives public support via its offices at a University of Wisconsin facility. A piece she wrote for the group criticizing Walker’s Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) was published by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

In college, Behr wrote for The Badger Herald, the UW Madison student newspaper. While there she penned a sympathetic portrait of a pro-union protester, wrongly claiming he was a member of the press. In another story she took up the Left’s anti-ALEC crusade, rehashing state Rep. Chris Taylor’s (D) points about the number of Wisconsin lawmakers who have attended or otherwise participated in the right-of-center legislative exchange. She also wrote about Walker.

According to her LinkedIn profile, Behr was an intern at the ultra-leftwing Center for Media and Democracy before leaving college.

Authored by Brian Sikma.

  • Truth Detector

    “With Madeleine and every Gannett Wisconsin journalist whose work we put
    in front of the public, we invite people to read with a critical eye
    because we’re confident they will discover strong journalism reported
    fairly and accurately in a nonpartisan fashion in service of the public
    interest.”…………….

    Translation…………………

    The above paragraph is BS. We just got caught, our left wing bias outed…… but we don’t give a dam. Our obituary will leave us scratching our heads, as we wonder where our readers went.

  • Joedon✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    Nobody believes the newspaper nowdays… NOBODY..!!!

    • brodave

      Kind of like the current US Federal Government.

  • brodave

    America Main-Street-Media = Liberal Propaganda Machines; 100%

  • RecoveringLiberal

    I quit the media as a journalist in 1988. Too many liberals in the newsroom everywhere.

    • Tom

      76% of talk radio is conservative talk Too many conservatives in talk radio. do you believe everything the right wing media says?

  • Ranger_Ric

    Nobody is reading the MSM crap anymore anyway. People get their news from alternative sources now and mainly use the MSM stories for posting comments and taunts 🙂

  • thesafesurfer

    What a total disgrace for Gannett News Corp.

  • Joe Guzman

    I haven’t read a newspaper in years

  • NorthlanderLJ

    Big surprise, a democrat knucklehead masquerading as a journalist? Who’d a thunk it? LOL.

  • jjazznola

    Watching Walker today refuse to answer a simple question about refugees was comical. He is not at all ready for prime time. He needs to drop out as he has zero chance in the race.

  • jwhid3

    She’s just a typical liberal political hack. They all think they have a magic keyboard that will change the world. No story or surprise here…

  • floyd

    What a suprise – a known Walker critic, lying leftist assigned to cover his campaign.
    Another beautiful example of the glaring hypocrisy of the left.

  • ordinary american

    Why should anyone be surprised at this “journalist”? She exemplifies exactly the credentials, training and ideological bent required to enter that field. Journalism died in 2008 and I doubt it will ever return or be restored. It’s no longer about reporting facts and truth. It’s all about making a difference and helping to change or transform society.

    • jjazznola

      Journalism died in 2008?

  • MisterWonderful

    Behr is a hack disguised as a journalist and her managers who enable this sort of skewed perspective are bigger hacks. She’s a liberal wingnut that feels comfortable in her ideology and simultaneously posing as an objective professional. Typical liberal dementia.

    Admitting she is an idealist is one thing- but to then tell their readership to “pay no attention to the man behind the curtain” is the classic chatter of left wing zealotry.

    USA Today agrees with her – or they’re so empty on “journalists” that they had no choice but to have her cover Walker.

    USA Today was always a kind of joke – it was CNN Headline News in print form and failed miserably as a daily home newspaper back when that was the norm.

  • Beast Mode

    Journalism is dead.

  • demsaredelusional

    “We indeed are aware that Madeleine signed the Gov. Scott Walker recall election petition in 2011 because Madeleine made it a priority to tell us before she even interviewed for a reporting position with us.” “That was actually the best thing on her resume”

  • mac1davis

    Some Walker staff member need to walk around behind this Behr person with a sign that says, “Left wing hack!” Getting tired of the media claiming professionalism.

  • rosewater49

    Being a big deal journalist doesn’t make up for the fact that she is UGLY!

    • GWAR44

      of couse a feminist and a democrat….it goes hand in hand

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  • Mary

    Such drama. Who cares if she signed the recall petition? I signed it, and I’m not upset when reporters who didn’t sign it cover the governor’s comings and goings.

  • jacobjg

    LOL. Keep singing the same old tired song. Anyone with a brain knows that it is a very conservative mainstream media. Keep fooling the dumb people.

    • GWAR44

      says the genius..?

    • Grin Moore

      Dumb people are easy to fool, that’s why the GOP likes them so much, yet hates education.

  • Grin Moore

    I’ll recall Walker. The guy is a sociopathic liar. You Walker likers must be the 2% of the population that still backs the criminal known as Walker. You can easily list how Walker has hurt WI and hurt you, but you will still vote for him. Go figure. Now, where’s that damn petition.

    • GWAR44

      oh look ..a union hack

  • Apu Bugolligosh

    And the MSM are dumbfounded about losing subscriptions and people mistrusting them…

  • WisRage

    She broke no laws and was entitled to sign a petition just like you are. She can still do her job even though Walker is a P.O.S. Now that the idiots who voted for him finally got smart and now see what kind of a gov this guys is, I bet he would be down the road…just like his presidential campaign.

  • pabarge

    Fire her. Now.

  • james dean

    The University of Wisconsin is still a hotbed of marism, socialism, and hatred for anyone different.It was this way in the 1960’s and always will be. I lived in Madison, wi.,my whole life, attended undergrad and graduated law school in1969. As soon as I could, I departed Madison and the University and I thank god that I left. There is a whole world out there and much more friendly and desirable than the left wing indoctrination center they call the university of Wisconsin.

    • Tom

      Graduated in 1969. Did you serve in the military?

  • DiJinn

    FTA: “With Madeleine and every Gannett Wisconsin journalist whose work we put
    in front of the public, we invite people to read with a critical eye
    because we’re confident they will discover strong journalism reported
    fairly and accurately in a nonpartisan fashion in service of the public
    interest.”

    Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha. That was nice, I needed a laugh.

  • RedRose

    “Journalist” is an awfully big word for leftwing hacks. The LSM likes to tell us they aren’t biased. We know the truth and it keeps coming out.

  • FlameCCT

    Gannet couldn’t use the MJS journalists because of their complicity with the John Doe Chisholm violation of Constitutional Rights so they selected her because of her signing the petition. She’s a good little Progressive propagandist.

  • Stad1212

    Excellent job exposing this fraud reporter as a left-wing fanatic. Walker’s campaign should petition for her to be removed or at least try to cancel her press credentials.