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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A “People’s Stadium,” Gov. Dayton and a $1 Billion gift to the “Minnesota Wilfs”

Mar 01

A “People’s Stadium,” Gov. Dayton and a $1 Billion gift to the “Minnesota Wilfs”

Gov. Zygi Wilf thanks “the great state of Minnesota” for the billion-dollar stadium package put forward for his team, the Minnesota Vikings (notice which “media” crew has the center seat at the press conference).  Oops. Correction: Mr. Wilf lives in New York and New Jersey. The governor of Minnesota is the man in the rear, in front of the...

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MinnRoast 2011: The Trouble With Stupid Good Fun

Mar 31

MinnRoast 2011: The Trouble With Stupid Good Fun

Purple pants: Joel Kramer, editor and CEO of MinnPost, at 2010′s MinnRoast If you still miss “Laugh-In,” you might like MinnRoast. It’s as funny as an old man falling off a tricycle was in 1971. The 2011 MinnRoast is scheduled for Friday night at the Pantages Theatre in downtown Minneapolis. If you’ve never heard of it, MinnRoast is...

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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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