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VandeHei is Face-Palming Himself Somewhere

What’s a native of Oshkosh, WI (Jim Van­de­Hei) who went from the Wash­ing­ton Post to co-found Politico to do after this story breaks by the site’s Dono­van Slack?

MILWAUKEE — It’s very clear what side Pres­i­dent Obama is on here in Wisconsin.

Behind the stage where he will speak today are two flags: an Amer­i­can one, as usual, and right along­side it — and just as large — a flag for the local union, Wis­con­sin 1848.

The pres­i­dent has been mum in recent months on the bat­tle rag­ing in the Bad­ger State between unions and Repub­li­can Gov. Scott Walker, who is fac­ing a recall elec­tion largely pushed by labor after he pushed through laws effec­tively tak­ing away col­lec­tive bar­gain­ing rights in the state.

Here at Mas­ter Lock, Obama is speak­ing about domes­tic man­u­fac­tur­ing and high­light­ing what he calls “in-sourcing,” bring­ing jobs back from over­seas. The pad­lock man­u­fac­turer brought roughly 100 jobs back from China to this fac­tory –union jobs, the White House has noted.

Walker had been expected to join the pres­i­dent but can­celed this morn­ing because his office said he has the flu.

(Yes, I’m fully aware the link above sends you to the Politico main page.)

The “union” flag in ques­tion pointed out by a pic­ture at Politico…is this:

Yes. That is the state of Wisconsin’s flag.

Not the flag of “Wis­con­sin Local 1848.”

No word how painful it was to de-bunch-ify Mr. Slack’s panties from his @$$ crack.

UPDATE — The story is now gone from Politico’s site.

Here’s the pic­ture they had.

UPDATE II Thanks to Jerry Bader, who was able to get a screen cap­ture of the site before Politico took it down.

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  • Bruce

    And, less than 18 min­utes later, the story had not only been scrubbed from Politico’s site (with a redi­rect to the main page) but, amaz­ingly, any ref­er­ence to the story had also been pulled from Google’s cache.

    Funny how these things work, isn’t it? Shock­ing how quickly the “real” media is able to make their mis­takes van­ish from the face of the earth. Poof.

  • Emily Mills

    Please tell me you screen­capped the orig­i­nal piece.

  • kev­in­bin­ver­sie

    Was going to, but hit refresh on their “44” blog and it was gone.

  • Lach­lan
  • Stroke­sof­Can­dor

    Is this a job Obama’s free­dom fight­ers Truth Team to get to the bot­tom of as to how this was scrubbed so fast includ­ing not avail­able at Google cache? http://bit.ly/xkbApK

  • Kev­in­bin­ver­sie

     Emily,

    Jerry Bader, Green Bay talk show host has a solid screen cap­ture of it. 

  • Good­planet

    Glad you’ve had your fun tak­ing jabs at the media.  Fact is, they fixed it.  Fact 2: we all make mis­takes — adults admit it and move on.  Why not focus on the pos­i­tives aspects of the event and speech?  Like: Mas­ter Lock is doing a nice job, way to go!  Or, the econ­omy is slowly recov­er­ing thanks in large part to steps taken by this administration.