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Urban Milwaukee Cited Three Times In Impeachment Trial

We're honored and have our members to thank.

By - Feb 16th, 2021 12:13 pm
Urban Milwaukee in the impeachment trial. Image from PBS.

Urban Milwaukee in the impeachment trial. Image from PBS.

We didn’t expect Urban Milwaukee to be mentioned in the impeachment trial, let alone three times. But that’s exactly what happened last week and we have our members to thank.

It happened first on Wednesday, February 10th. With U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-Texas) speaking, a series of six headlines were shown during the Senate trial to impeach former President Donald Trump.

Castro was ticking off a list of cities where Trump supporters held “stop the steal” rallies, including Philadelphia, Atlanta, Detroit and Milwaukee, and a prepared graphic showed a headline from each city. “This was dangerous, it was scary and it was a blatant act of political intimidation,” said Castro. “President Trump’s months of flaming and inciting his supporters had worked.”

The November 5th Urban Milwaukee headline, “Stop the Steal Protest At Central Vote Site,” doesn’t point to an article, but to a piece of social media content embedded in our website. It reflects the growth of our organization and an expanded capability to cover breaking news.

This past summer, when thousands of protesters marched in the streets, we rapidly deployed a software update to our site that allowed us to integrate social media content alongside articles and press releases. The change was part of an effort to enable real-time coverage of fast-changing events. The tool allows us to merge on-the-ground reporting with content produced in our virtual newsroom. The expanded coverage is funded by an increase in our paying members.

We used the new functionality to cover the election, including into the wee hours of the morning when the City of Milwaukee submitted its absentee vote totals and gave Joe Biden a statewide lead. Trump attacked the late-night total changes as fraud, triggering protests across the country.

By the evening of November 5th, the day after the election, we were able to share a social media post from State Rep. David Bowen that showed pro-Trump protesters gathered outside of the city’s central count site before our own reporter was able to arrive on the scene.

The Democrats seized on the headline, merging it with news media accounts from across the country.

Then it happened again.

A series of headlines were shown, this time about Trump’s election lawsuits.

“Federal Judge Tears Apart Election Lawsuit,” an Urban Milwaukee headline from January 4th, was one of five shown alongside headlines from the Associated Press, Washington Post, Forbes and NBC News.

The article, written by Graham Kilmer, quoted a judge dismissing the Trump allies’ case. “Flat-out wrong,” said the judge about the plaintiff’s central contention. It was one of many articles we wrote as Trump allies filed and lost a number of elections following the election.

U.S. Rep. Madeleine Dean (D-Pennsylvania) read off quotes from each article, including the “flat-out wrong” line from Urban Milwaukee’s piece.

Again, our members are to thank. Kilmer joined our team full time in June. His position is entirely funded by an increase in the number of paying members.

It happened one last time on Thursday, February 11th. U.S. Rep. Joe Neguse (D-Colorado) re-used the Stop the Steal headline as part of a larger narrative about how Trump had been priming his most radical supporters for an event like the January 6th Capitol insurrection.

Urban Milwaukee never had a goal to generate national buzz, and our focus remains steadfastly on Milwaukee and the issues affecting our city. But we’re thankful and honored for the recognition.

We thank the over 1,500 people who have voted with their wallets for the future of independent journalism and Milwaukee. And we welcome those of you who are coming aboard next. Join today.

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10 thoughts on “Urban Milwaukee Cited Three Times In Impeachment Trial”

  1. Douglas Johnson says:

    Congratulations URBAN MILWAUKEE! You have clearly filled a void that once the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel had, but no longer is able to fill. With your timely reporting of community events, politics and other issues you’ve excelled beyond the MJS. The quality and professionalism has definitely increased since URBAN MILWAUKEE was first launched. Keep up the great work.

  2. kmurphy724 says:

    Thumbs up!

  3. BrianRothgery says:

    Well deserved recognition. Y’all do great work!

  4. pschley says:

    Well done, folks. Proud to know you.

  5. sheistolerable says:

    Very proud to be a member and contribute in a tiny way to this! A crucial swing state like Wisconsin desperately needs independent media to keep voters informed. I subscribe to the legacy paper here, but frankly I get better Wisconsin news from the Washington Post…and you good folks. Keep up the great work!

  6. Jacqueline Darien says:

    Great recognition for an emerging
    and increasingly influential source
    of local news.

  7. Dave Reid says:

    Thanks for the kind words. It’s our members that make Urban Milwaukee possible! Thanks again.

  8. Dan Wilson says:

    Jolly good show.

  9. gerrybroderick says:

    Good Journalism Lives! And lives Locally! Keep the laser guns blazing! Democracy needs you!

  10. Carol Surges says:

    Proud of the on-going and important work you do!

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