I would note that an earlier Journal headline hedged its bets, saying that “Wisconsin Democrats May Return Soon.” That piece, unlike the print version and the one being pushed online now, also quoted Miller:

“We are now looking at returning to the state capitol and requiring the senators to take a vote and have them declare who they’re with — the workers or the governor,” Mr. Miller said.

Note that that removed quote there says “we are now looking at returning.”

Somewhere along the way that quote got cut (perhaps for print space constraints, though it left the story with no quotes from Miller) and the headline got hyped up and turned into, effectively, “We will return to the state capitol soon.”

The first take was the better one.


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Ryan Chittum is a former Wall Street Journal reporter, and deputy editor of The Audit, CJR's business section. If you see notable business journalism, give him a heads-up at rc2538@columbia.edu. Follow him on Twitter at @ryanchittum.