Mike Sweeney: With level playing field, future is bright for news

  • Article by: Mike Sweeney , Chairman, Star Tribune
  • Updated: November 22, 2009 - 2:01 PM

The Star Tribune is alive and well without tapping state taxpayers.

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strat1954Nov. 21, 0910:50 PM

MPR got their last donation from me years ago. If the state wants to cut its budget I can think of no place better than to spend less on our version of the Pravda.

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Jim2005BeamNov. 21, 0911:49 PM

and capitalism as good things for everyone? I'll believe it when the editors turn 180 degrees from the past party line and start telling us the truth about the Senate health care bill. That monster is going to sink us all with higher taxes, cuts for seniors on Medicare and welfare for everyone making less than $88,000 a year. Wait..... I make less than $88,000 a year...a lot less. I don't care. It's still a terrible bill.

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concernedduhNov. 22, 09 1:43 AM

Free enterprise is the American way. As a community, we should reject all taxpayer bailouts and eliminate tax subsidies that fund the expansion of the government control or interest into all functioning free markets. I also hope the New StarTribune can strive to provide balanced political and investigative content, that will provide it with the largest available number of readers.

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jack451Nov. 22, 09 3:49 AM

"MPR has successfully lobbied state government for years to secure millions in subsidies to help finance its nonprofit business expansions, most recently obtaining $2.65 million in Legacy Amendment funds over a two-year period." Thanks for pointing this out, Mr. Sweeney. The Legacy Amendment was sold to taxpayers primarily as a boost to wildlife habitat. Using it for MPR to expand its business is totally inappropriate. My legislators will hear from me.

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the_vfoxNov. 22, 09 5:11 AM

believe it when I see balanced reporting, that reflects the FACTS and not the left wing spin.

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wunderdudeNov. 22, 09 7:44 AM

break all ties with the past. This includes the bricks-and-mortar capital infrastructure and the legacy staff that still clings to the old model and the old days. Get rid of an editorial philosophy that died with the crash of the Berlin Wall. The only real assets are the domain name and the eyeballs that view this site. Start building around those things and you will be fine.

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asmithe2Nov. 22, 09 8:31 AM

Didn't the Star Tribune just utilize a government tool (bankruptcy) to strip away years of debt and promises to their unions? Mighty convenient of Mr. Sweeny to forget the government assistance that literally created his job opening.

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EdBradly7Nov. 22, 09 8:33 AM

Or are you regurgitating the Party of No's talking points. I have been following this issue because I am paid to do so. Educate yourself on the issue I know it is harder than letting someone else think for you.

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obstakesNov. 22, 09 8:36 AM

Your current field is leaning way left. Fix that and you may gain some legitimacy. Until then, you are an opinion rag.

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jasperu2Nov. 22, 09 9:20 AM

You go to great lengths to deride the so called right leaning nut jobs who are hand feed faux information by the likes of Fox news, Drudge report etc. Personally, I see someone making such comments as being nothing more than the flip side of the same coin only on the left. The unwillingness to question, to think critically and to be closed minded to others opinions is not just a malady suffered my conservatives. Think about it !

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