Star Tribune Editor: Committing to hard-hitting journalism in hard times

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  • Updated: January 29, 2012 - 4:06 PM

Quality reporting takes time, has value beyond a balance sheet's measure.

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fxstsbJun. 12, 11 6:34 AM

In the Twin Cities, The Daily Planet does much better job of journalism than the Star. The Star-Trib really has become a copy and paste tool for the Associated Press. Doing one or two real stories a week is not what a major newspaper is supposed to do and is not interesting. Opinion pieces, while entertaining, are cheap and easy to produce. How about a return to REAL reporting. If you fail you will disappear.

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sbuffalo45Jun. 12, 11 6:37 AM

I'm sad to say that after 25 years, I have dropped my subscription to the Strib. The paper is left-wing and represents the views of now only about 25% of Minnesotans who have socialist/communist leanings. Last week for example, in Lori Sturdevant's weekly column on raising taxes on the rich, Ms. Sturdevant posed the hypothetical question of wondering why democrate politicians are afraid to question the capitalistic system. I'll tell you why: it is the goose that lays the golden egg to support the welfare state. However, the rich dentists and business people, the weekly target of Ms. Sturdevant's disdain, decide not to work 70 hours and cut back to 35 and golf more, it leads to a big mystery of where the money is. Perhaps it would be educational for your editorial writers to spend more time with small businss people rather than pining for the 1960s with the open dicussion of overthrowing our evil capitalistic system.

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wildblueJun. 12, 11 8:00 AM

I'd suggest not reporting BS talking points when you know they aren't true, unless of course you point out the real facts. The "he said..." "she said..." reporting that happens with the budget debate is just plain weak.

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justthetruthJun. 12, 11 8:54 AM

How about being open with the readers about the financial benefits the Star Tribune has gotten from the Metrodome and might get from building a new stadium downtown? Before your Editorial writers attack the free enterprise system, look inside your own house.

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Willy53Jun. 12, 11 9:01 AM

It is hard to believe sbuffalo45 is actually serious. I find the Strib to be a shell of its former self. Even some writers like Jay Wiener have remade themselves in a more corporate form. Other than Kevin Giles and Gail Rosenblum I find few others at the Strib willing to report the facts and put themselves out their regardless of the prevailing winds. I am especially disappointed with the Stirb's filtering of the news process for its corpoprate masters. If you really want to show us your independence and hard hitting fact finding abilities, look into the future of genetically modified foods, which you have decided are now institutionally necessary, and disregard the interests of Cargill, General Mills and others to find real facts. Your support of industrial ag in general and dismissal of more sustainable forms of agriculture really does the selling work of those big ag multinationals better than they could themselves. Your editorials offer nothing to the general dialogue and are afraid to reach conclusions based on facts. I'm sorry to say your paper has fallen a long way and your credibility has been stained by a decision to towe the corporate line.

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granma4peaceJun. 12, 11 9:02 AM

"I'm sad to say that after 25 years, I have dropped my subscription to the Strib. The paper is left-wing and represents the views of now only about 25% of Minnesotans who have socialist/communist leanings." by sbuffalo45

Oh, by all means, confine yourself to publications that will confirm and support your tea party views, so you will not be confused by information that contradicts your cherished ideaology.

Ideaology shared by not more than 20 percent of the population, I might add. If you believe you are in the majority in this country, you are soon in for a rude awakening.

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ranger1873Jun. 12, 11 9:12 AM

"Hard-hitting, tough-minded reporting takes time and money, and that work doesn't transcend directly into profits shareholders can appreciate. But over time, it can build a trust with the public that has value beyond measure for a news organization." -- here's a hint: try fair coverage of conservatives and their viewpoints and see what sort of trust you build up. It'll be a new concept to you, but I'm pretty sure you can manage.

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a6699fJun. 12, 11 9:14 AM

Does "Hard Hitting Journalism" mean that we're not going to have a 24/7 Wiener Watch or waste any more time on the likes of publicity hounds Sarah Palin and Donald Trump? "Quality reporting takes time," you write, but passing press releases along to the masses does not; nor does it serve the public. I'd love it if you'd make an honest effort to "do the news," but you -- and ALL news organizations -- have to stop being distracted by the shiny things thrown in your path.

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drfranktJun. 12, 11 9:24 AM

"Hardhitting journalism?" Those words and the Star Tribune do not belong in the same sentence. I'm trying to remember the last time the Strib has been critical of the governor, the spending or deficit in this state, the use of public employee unions and their drain on the states coffers, any critisism of Rep. Ellison at all. Heaven forbid these liberal bastions recieve a critical word from the Strib. Hard Hitting indeed!

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nitewindJun. 12, 11 9:48 AM

Hard hitting journalism. I think she is reading a different paper than I am.

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