State’s Two Largest Newspapers Change Grover Norquist From a “Zealot” to an “Advocate,” “Activist”

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Apparently, some editing gremlins at both the Wisconsin State Journal and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel feel confident that anti-tax zealot Grover Norquist is not an ‘€œanti-tax zealot.’€

So much so they edited the description of ‘€œzealot’€ from Saturday’€™s Associated Press story from this weekend’€™s round-up of the teabaggers’€™ latest ‘€œRepublican Rally for Failure’€ held in the Wisconsin Dells.The State Journal edited the story to refer to Norquist, a speaker at the event along with other luminaries like non-plumber Sam Wurzelbacher and Scott Jensen mentor Supreme Court Justice David Prosser, into an “anti-tax advocate’€ in its Sunday publishing of the story, while the Journal Sentinel made it ‘€œanti-tax activist’€ for its online reprint of the story.

The Journal Sentinel also deleted comments from opponents of the ‘€œFailure in the Dells,’€ such as One Wisconsin Now. Curiously, the State Journal deleted ‘€œzealot’€ from the print version, but it remains in the online version.

Again, we’€™re talking about Grover Norquist.

Norquist, a close former associate of imprisoned GOP uber-lobbyist Jack Abramoff, famously said of government, the he wanted ‘€œto reduce it to the size where I can drag it into the bathroom and drown it in the bathtub.’€

He also said ‘€œbipartisanship is another name for date rape.’€

Interestingly, for the hardworking farmers of Wisconsin, he also said, ‘€œEvery time you cut programs, you take away a person who has a vested interest in high taxes and you put him on the tax rolls and make him a taxpayer. A farmer on subsidies is part welfare bum, whereas a free-market farmer is a small businessman with a gun.’€

Yeah, this guy’€™s not a zealot.

At least according to the so-called ‘€œliberal’€ media.

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Scot Ross served as Executive Director of One Wisconsin Now & the Institute from 2007 to 2019.