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Reporter Mario Koran of Wisconsin Watch has exhaustively detailed the fallout of a controversial Title IX investigation at Kiel Middle School. His reporting revealed that the narrative being pushed to conservative media was not the full story, uncovering a misinformation campaign that sparked a firestorm that led to bomb threats, death threats, closures and chaos in a small Wisconsin town.
He joined The Recombobulation Area to talk about his reporting, how he uncovered the false narrative generated by the Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty (WILL), a WILL attorney taking a “victory lap” over causing an anti-trans panic, and the latest chapter the saga unfolding in Kiel, one of community that has just had it with the right-wing culture war in their schools.
Listen to the full podcast here, and read our commentary on the cautionary tale in Kiel over at Heartland Signal.
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Dan Shafer is a journalist from Milwaukee who writes and publishes The Recombobulation Area. He previously worked at Seattle Magazine, Seattle Business Magazine, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine, and BizTimes Milwaukee. He’s also written for The New York Times, The Daily Beast, Heartland Signal, Belt Magazine, WisPolitics, and Milwaukee Record. He’s won 13 Milwaukee Press Club Excellence in Journalism Awards. He’s on Twitter at @DanRShafer.
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