Star Tribune: We didn't "spike" hit-and-run op-ed critical of Amy Senser, it's "still under consideration"

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Scott Gillespie, Strib opinions editor, says he didn't spike Anna Prasomphol's piece.
Amy Senser is getting a lot of criticism for the hit-and-run accident that killed Anouone Phanthavong, and yesterday, figures in the local media came up for some criticism too.

The harsh feedback came thanks to an Op-Ed column by Anna Prasomphol, owner of True Thai restaurant, where Phanthavong had worked as head chef. Prasomphol faulted the Star Tribune's Gail Rosenblum, WCCO's Esme Murphy, and Minnesota Public Radio blogger Bob Collins for what she as coverage friendly to the Sensers.

Prasomphol said she posted her writing to her blog at True Thai after her submission to the Star Tribune didn't get any response. City Pages reached out to Scott Gillespie, opinions editor at the Strib, who said the paper actually hasn't made any decision on the column yet, and might still end up running it.

Gillespie said he first saw Prasomphol's column when it came in as a submission last Thursday, at the end of the day, and that it was one of the many submitted opinion pieces the paper receives.

"It's true that we haven't gotten back to [Prasomphol] yet," Gillespie said. "We don't get back to everybody. We're not able to do that."

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Prasomphol said local media was being too easy on Amy Senser.
Gillespie said the Star Tribune was considering the column, though he did say it comes in much longer than the typical Op-Ed piece, and there were "some areas we were going to want to look at." But even now, with Prasomphol having posted the column, he said it might still appear in the Star Tribune.

"I'm not going to spike it because of your item," Gillespie said, referring to our Blotter post from yesterday, "or her blogging about it. We'll work with her like we would with anybody if we think that the commentary would be valuable for readers."

Prasomphol's piece went after Gail Rosenblum's column, which offered sympathy to Senser for having "her photo plastered across news sites from coast to coast."

Gillespie said that he doesn't share Prasomphol's view of local coverage being favorable to the Sensers, nor does he have much an opinion either way on how the case has been played in local media.

"I read Gail's column which I thought was an interesting perspective," Gillespie. "I think the news coverage that [the Star Tribune] done has been very straightforward... and Gail's column is Gail's opinion.

Gillespie said Prasomphol's commentary was "intriguing," and that the Star Tribune often runs columns that criticize the newspaper's coverage of an issue.

"Now," Gillespie said, "I don't know exactly what form this might take. I don't even know if we'll end up running it for sure yet, but we certainly haven't spiked it."

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geno0007
geno0007

I feel for Amy Sensor,  I happened to have met Joe sensor and he is a great guy.  However   I think what bothers people in this particuler case is that the Police took so long to apprehend and theres seems to be an underlying sense that there is some prefrential treatment here anyone else would have been sought out in a dragnet.,.  Truly I say here you gotta feel for the Sensors  particularly Amy   she's in a pinch.... Just be honest you made a terrible mistake

Reginaldedmund
Reginaldedmund

I pray Amy Senser gets the jail time she deserves.

KarmaKnows
KarmaKnows

If the media was truly not bias and ran straight-forward coverage as claimed by the Star Tribune, where is the headline that says, "21 Days After Wife of Joe Senser Killed Man on Hit and Run, Turns Herself In" ???? This is fact, the truth...but no media is willing to tell it like it is...and instead trying so hard to turn the story around to get the public to somehow forgive the Sensers!

KarmaKnows
KarmaKnows

City Pages, where's the criminal MUG SHOT of Amy Senser??? Why do you keep playing the media bias card and just used the photo provided by the Senser attorney?

KarmaKnows
KarmaKnows

I guess only media columnists have "opinions" worth printing, at will....while anyone else's opinions needs to be screened, edited, shortened, and if lucky enough, the big editor just might run it! Wow, this is what we call the Star Tribune, a free media in middle America?

Guest
Guest

Allegedly drunk white lady with famous husband kills an immigrant Asian guy with a minor criminal record in a hit and run. Local paper publishes only op-eds by more white ladies that say "take it easy on the white lady." Nope, I see nothing wrong there. Keep on keepin on Strib. Your relevance dissipates with each passing day.

Mn Voter
Mn Voter

Gillespie said that he doesn't share Prasomphol's view. How surprising that the racist strib idiot doesn't. I wonder if the minority man had run over the rich edina wife and left the scene?Would Gillespie and Strib then share Prasomphol's view?

Poliopony
Poliopony

Anna Prasomphol's photo looks like it came from an ad for a massage parlor. Me love you long time!

Mark Gisleson
Mark Gisleson

In additional to running a successful and popular restaurant, Anna Prasomphol Fieser is a public health nurse (sort of like an RN +). I suspect you think all Asian women work in massage parlors.

Johnny
Johnny

By Mullens standard, any letter to the editor or unsolicited opinion piece that doesn't get published is therefore 'spiked'.  Good thing we've got the CP here to publish every piece of self-serving crap that comes along, aren't we..........

Guy
Guy

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