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In Which The Wege Cuts Loose Upon Dane Smith And The StarTribune

Posted by Phoenix Woman on February 25, 2007

Norwegianity’s boss Mark Gisleson is the Samuel L. Jackson of bloggers, and he shows it yet again today in yet another righteous posting, this time about the Strib’s reprinting as news the local GOP’s attack talking points on Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie’s efforts to get more people in the voting booth while cutting back on red tape and bureaucracy:

The Star Tribune apparently sees no difference between a Republican activist Secretary of State trying to prevent people from voting, and a Democratic activist elected Secretary of State trying to increase voter turnout.

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I don’t know if I had an opinion of Dane Smith before, but it’s hard not to think nasty thoughts about a “reporter” who quotes a Republican activist who ran an anonymous attack blog on the topic of appropriate behavior.

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Michael “Angry Franken” Brodkorb is a former state of Minnesota Republican party officer, who, while still working for the Republicans, started Minnesota Democrats Exposed, a shallow, vituperative attack blog focused exclusively on the left and all our works and all our ways. His disclosures have all been tardy, his admissions after the fact, corrections run rarely if at all, and his rhetoric is juvenilely inflated for the benefit of his not terribly savvy audience.

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For Swiftee-enabled visitors, Norwegianity differs from MDE in that I’ve never hidden my identity, I rip on Democrats as well as Republicans, and I never try to pass off “tips” as any kind of journalism. Not that I get any tips — the DFL and I aren’t on speaking terms.

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For the Star Tribune to mention Michael “Angry Franken” Brodkorb’s name WITHOUT the necessary context is tantamount to D.J. Tice saying the Strib is now an official house organ of the Republican party. Or maybe Dane Smith is partisan/clueless all on his own, and D.J. had the weekend off and had nothing to do with this.

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Either way, it’s a black eye for the Strib, but thank goodness the only person blogging about this so far is me, a pottymouth Kate Parry feels free to ignore because using bad language makes you a bad person.

Mark Ritchie and his plans for voting reform have been mentioned before in MR.  He’s a vast improvement over his predecessor, the nuttily partisan Mary Kiffmeyer

Gisleson makes an important point that the local wing of the Republican Noise Machine, which has spent most of my adulthood pretending that the StarTribune is some sort of hyper-liberal outfit simply because its editorial staff wasn’t hand-picked by Bull Connor, would like to obscure:  The Strib’s newsroom is run by D.J. “Doug” Tice, who is never going to be confused with Leon Trotsky anytime soon.  (Wesbrook Pegler’s more his speed.)

One Response to “In Which The Wege Cuts Loose Upon Dane Smith And The StarTribune

  1. Charles said

    It might be harder for Kate Parry to ignore Mark G. if a few readers posted comments suggesting that if she’s going to talk ethics, reprinting talking points is an issue she needs to address.

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