Newspapers Without a Compass

Oct 31

Newspapers Without a Compass

Few people take newspaper endorsements seriously anymore. It is obvious that editorial stamps of approval have virtually no impact on the outcomes of elections and that they are often nothing more than thinly disguised attempts to rationalize the choices that a newspaper believes will serve its economic interests best, prettied up with a bunch of cynical blather...

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STATE of CORRUPTION, Part IV: ZYGI WILF’s AIRPLANE

May 16

STATE of CORRUPTION, Part IV: ZYGI WILF’s AIRPLANE

    @stribgillespie: Highly placed sources say Zygi Wilf has downloaded a certain Randy Newman hit. That Tweet from the StarTribune’s Editorial Page Editor, Scott Gillespie, hit Twitter on April 20, a few days after the vote by a Legislative committee NOT to let the $1 billion boondoggle of a plan for a new Minnesota Vikings stadium go to the floor of...

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STATE of CORRUPTION III: Media Collusion? These guys would LIE about what our favorite COLOR is

May 14

STATE of CORRUPTION III: Media Collusion? These guys would LIE about what our favorite COLOR is

UPDATED: Example: KSTP-TV distorted stadium poll findings. Did Twin Cities journalism outlets take a dive during the debate over the $1B Vikings stadium proposal? Help crowd-source my effort to remember the worst moments, most-naked conflicts of interest and most-egregious omissions. Maybe there were even noteworthy exceptions when mainstream media outlets...

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Chuck Bailey: The Last Decent Newspaperman

Jan 05

Chuck Bailey: The Last Decent Newspaperman

One of the last newspaper editors who had the courage — and the decency — to quit rather than follow orders to gut his news organization has died: Charles W. Bailey, my first editor, ran the Minneapolis Tribune from 1972 to 1982, when he fell on his sword rather than carry out the wishes of the bean counter in the publisher’s office, a small-time...

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Black Friday for the STRIB

Nov 28

Black Friday for the STRIB

The rightward tilt of the StarTribune over the past few years has been most noticeable on the paper’s Op-Ed Page, which has twisted itself in pretzel knots trying to assure the wealthiest — and the rightiest — Minnesotans that the newspaper is on their side, even if on (increasingly rare) occasion, the scruffy staff still turns out a news story...

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