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WTMJ staffers signed Governor Walker recall petition

WTMJ staffers signed Governor Walker recall petition

By WTMJ News Team. CREATED Apr 3, 2012

MILWAUKEE- We have some news we need to tell you about ourselves, and the recall election against Governor Scott Walker.

TODAY'S TMJ4 and Newsradio 620 WTMJ discovered that several members of our staff signed the recall petitions for Governor Walker.  Some of those employees play a role in our news-gathering and editorial process.  Several of them also work on-air: One at TODAY'S TMJ4; four at Newsradio 620 WTMJ. 

We want you to know that we consider this a serious issue.  We are in the process of dealing with it internally.  Our reputation of being a fair and unbiased news source is of paramount importance to both TODAY'S TMJ4 and Newsradio 620 WTMJ. 

We expect anyone involved in the production of news to avoid situations that could compromise our integrity.  We don't allow news employees to sign nomination papers for candidates, display yard signs or take part in a political campaign. 

However, many employees told us that they felt signing the recall petition was not a political act, but instead felt it was similar to casting a vote.  WTMJ does not agree and we want to assure you, our viewers, that we are taking measures to make sure all of our reporting is fair, balanced and to ensure something like this does not happen again.