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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From the Vault: When Journalists Had Balls

Mar 02

From the Vault: When Journalists Had Balls

This item first appeared on my blog on March 9, 2011. If anything, it is even more timely today, as Minnesota’s leading news outlet stands to hit the jackpot with a Vikings Stadium deal that it relentlessly promoted. Ask yourself if it is even possible today for journalists to criticize their bosses, and their companies, in public or to openly adhere to a...

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Next Time, Throw Zygi Out

Jan 25

Next Time, Throw Zygi Out

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton ignored about 200 OccupyMN protesters who marched around the Capitol Rotunda on Tuesday, the first day of the 2012 Legislative session. But about half of the group eventually made their way to Dayton’s doors, which promptly were shut in their face. “Money for human needs, not for stadiums,” they chanted. (I shot the video...

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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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Minneapolis “Game Changer”: Dems Push Wilfare for the Wealthy

May 10

Minneapolis “Game Changer”: Dems Push Wilfare for the Wealthy

The $1-billion bail-out for Zygi Wilf and the Minnesota Vikings unveiled by Mayor R.T. Rybak and other Minneapolis officials at the Capitol Monday is going to lower taxes for Minneapolis taxpayers. You bet it is. And the Pixie of Prosperity will drop gold coins down your chimney. I am tempted to cut Rybak some slack: His odious proposal to add another sales tax on...

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Stadium Follies: When We Had the Brass to Talk Back

Mar 09

Stadium Follies: When We Had the Brass to Talk Back

I continue my quest to find out whether anyone has the balls in Twin Cities media to oppose the Vikings Stadium Boondoggle that is gaining steam.  Answer: No one, so far. But I am not giving up hope. (See enlarged version below) Once upon a time, journalists had a large sense of civic duty and a professional pride — backed by strong unions — that gave...

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The Shame of the Star Tribune: Shilling for a Stadium

Mar 08

The Shame of the Star Tribune: Shilling for a Stadium

I’ve been asking who speaks for the public in opposition to the billion-dollar Vikings Stadium boondoggle being fabricated behind the scenes by the best lawyers, public relations blowhards and hog-tied newspapers that  money can buy.  I haven’t had an answer, but David Brauer at MinnPost has followed up by wondering why neither the Strib or the Pioneer...

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Doochsbags! At Last, STRIB Vows to Gag the Hate Cruds!

Feb 17

Doochsbags! At Last, STRIB Vows to Gag the Hate Cruds!

My ex-newspaper, the StarTribune, has begun, after years of sticking its head in the sand,  to “moderate” or approve reader comments before permitting them to be posted on the Strib web site. Finally, the doochsbags say they will do the right thing. I know my old friends at the Strib won’t take it personally if I say doochsbags, or turds, or Human...

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