CBS's Idea of Average Minnesotans on Shutdown: Two State Employees and

July 15th, 2011 6:49 PM
[Update, 11:10 am Monday July 18: Jenn Theis was identified on-screen by CBS as a "laid-off government worker." She wrote us to clarify that she was actually employed by a private business that is regulated by the Minnesota racing commission. Another guest from that segment, Chris Lapakko, wrote the author on Twitter on Saturday to call him a "dick;" see screen cap here.] CBS…

CBS Gives Slanted Take on Minnesota as Model of Possible Federal Shutd

July 14th, 2011 7:06 PM
On Wednesday's CBS Evening News, Dean Reynolds highlighted sob stories surrounding the current shutdown of the Minnesota state government, providing a possible template of how the mainstream media would cover a potential federal government shutdown if the debt ceiling issue isn't resolved by August 2. Before getting to Reynolds's report, substitute anchor Russ Mitchell played a…

Minn. Shutdown Follow-up: State Demanding MillerCoors Pull Product Ove

July 14th, 2011 6:10 PM
Last night (at NewsBusters; at BizzyBlog), I noted that the State of Minnesota, where the government is shut down but spokesman for the Department of Public Safety Doug Neville is somehow still working, is demanding that MillerCoors pull its products from Gopher State store shelves within days, and identified a number of questions non-inquisitive Minneapolis Star Tribune reporter Eric Roper…

Star Tribune Reporter Fails to Ask Obvious Questions in Minn. Shutdown

July 13th, 2011 9:48 PM
Well, I guess it's getting serious now in the melodrama known as the Minnesota state government shutdown. If the Gopher State shutdown goes on much longer, hundreds of bars and restaurants will lose their ability to serve alcohol because they can't renew their liquor licenses. Worse, as reported by Eric Roper at the Minneapolis Star Tribune, MillerCoors, whose "brand license…

AP Coverage Of Minn. Shutdown Frets Over Govt. Employee 'Brain Drain

July 10th, 2011 9:37 PM
In their Sunday evening coverage of the Minnesota government shutdown, Associated Press reporters Steve Karnowski and Amy Forliti failed to mention any form of the word "tax," failed to mention "spending" in the context of government outlays, and fretted that a prolonged shutdown might cause a "brain drain" from state government. The failure to bring up taxes is…

AP Acts As If Misunderstood 'Minnesota Nice' Is at Stake in State Govt

July 7th, 2011 10:43 PM
I had to do a double take when I looked over this afternoon's dispatch out of St. Paul, Minnesota from Patrick Condon of the Associated Press. Readers unfamiliar with the Gopher State budget impasse to this point would fail to learn from the AP report that the dispute is all about raising taxes. Democratic Governor Mark Dayton wants tax increases on "the wealthy" (which really…

Reuters, AP Run Interference for Dem Gov. Dayton in Minn. Shutdown

July 3rd, 2011 2:12 PM
Weekend coverage emanating from Minnesota via Reuters and the Associated Press is doing its level best to run interference for Democratic Governor Mark Dayton, who has chosen to shut down the government rather than sign a budget which does not include tax increases.

A Tale of Two State Trios, and Their Comparative Press Coverage

June 24th, 2011 5:32 PM
I can't say that I'm up on what every state is doing, but it's hard not to notice contrasts between two trios of states singing decidedly different tunes: Wisconsin, Ohio and New Jersey, three states with recently elected conservative Republican governors, have either put their budgets to bed, or are on the verge of doing so, by cutting costs and not raising taxes.…

On Today: NBC's Vieira Hits Tim Pawlenty for Daring to Call Obama a Fi

February 10th, 2011 1:35 PM
NBC's Meredith Vieira, on Thursday's Today show, challenged former Minnesota Republican Governor and potential presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty for daring to call Barack Obama a fiscal "chicken" as she (citing his Democratic successor Mark Dayton) accused him of not being a fiscal conservative. After Vieira initially questioned if Pawlenty had the requisite "star…