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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VIKINGS to MINNESOTA: Thanks, Suckers!

Sep 06

VIKINGS to MINNESOTA: Thanks, Suckers!

If you have been hearing a lot of cheers coming from the direction of the Minnesota Vikings, the excitement is definitely NOT coming from the field, where the team seems to be headed for another sub-par season (last year, the ‘queens were an execrable 3-13) and the odds of them making the Super Bowl have been pegged at 100-1. No, the noise is coming from the...

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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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Why I Fight: Twitter is For Truth Telling, not for Wanking

Apr 26

Why I Fight: Twitter is For Truth Telling, not for Wanking

    I should have been happy to learn that City Pages, the Twin Cities’ alternative newspaper, named me “Best Tweeter” in its 2011 Best of the Twin Cities issue last week. But I was seriously annoyed. I have been a journalist since I went to work for the Minneapolis Tribune in 1973, and even though we gave up typewriters for word...

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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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