Minnesota Society of Professional Journalists blasts WCCO over "dog meat" story

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The Minnesota Society of Professional Journalists won't let James Schugel duck the controversy.
The Minnesota Society of Professional Journalists released a statement yesterday blasting WCCO-TV for refusing to address errors in its crazy report alleging a local puppy mill was selling dogs to a meat market.

"The Minnesota Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists agrees with the Asian American Journalists Association of Minnesota chapter that WCCO-TV is woefully unresponsive in reaction to an errant news segment aired October 31, 2011," reads the MNSPJ press release.

The group points out the sheer stupidity of WCCO's initial report: I-Team reporter James Schugel misunderstood a Chinese meat owner who said he sold "duck" meat, not "dog" meat, and ran with the story. The mistake was only discovered after New York officials raided the meat market and found no evidence of dog meat. WCCO has since scrubbed the story from its website.

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MNSPJ's criticism echoes the Asian American Journalist Association of Minnesota's statement yesterday, which blamed the station for perpetuating an unfortunate stereotype of Asians.

Nothing WCCO can do will un-ring the bell of its false report, but MNSPJ says the TV station has a responsibility to apologize and undo some of the damage its story did not just to the meat market but to all journalists' reputations.

"If a newsroom publishes an incorrect story, it is imperative to acknowledge the mistake and issue a correction and an apology to those the story harmed," the MNSPJ statement reads. "Not doing so makes it harder for all journalists working to win the respect of the public they serve."

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deeplaker60
deeplaker60

We're seeing political correctness being overplayed here. Google "dog meat Olympics" and you'll find a lot of information about "fragrant meat" being consumed in China and Korea.

StevenMN
StevenMN

Jeez, no public apology or correction from the station? That's just as bad as the original gaff

Shakalaka
Shakalaka

LOL James Schugel's alma mater and bgSaint Louis University is a Catholic, Jesuit university ranked among the top research institutions in the nation."Fraternity Member at Pi Kappa Alpha, Iota Nu Chapter, Saint Louis UniversityHe was born in Kansas City, Mo., and grew up across the state line in Overland Park, Kan.Not a lot of culture where he's from hurrrrrrrrr.

Research
Research

I stopped visiting Wcco recently because the journalism was lazy. Sometimes I felt like a middle school wrinting class teacher reading that crap. Left them to read news on Citypages.  These articles obviously have been researched and are more thorough.

Michele Bachmann
Michele Bachmann

Do realize that is City Pages is a well known socialist, Islamofacist, pagan, vegan, Nazi, communist, Obama-lovin, racist, Sharia Law practicing and gay agenda havin newspaper?   

Erica
Erica

A good reporter (which obvious Shugel is not) would have not allowed such shoddy reporting on the air. If he wasn't completely sure of what the restaurant owner was saying, he should have not let the footage air. This has nothing to do with politics MN Voter, it is all about good, responsible reporting. WCCO and Shugel has been silent over the controversy and has not accepted any responsiblities or apologized for the poor reporting. Why do you think journalism ethics is taught in colleges and universities? Obviously Shugel and the folks at WCCO skipped that course.

Mn Voter
Mn Voter

Obviously everyone including the reporters, editors, copywriters didn't bother to question an age old racist comment that "asians eat dog". Everyone at WCCO needs cultural awareness training with emphasis on asian cultures.

Natalie
Natalie

completely agree. Thank you. 

Mn Voter
Mn Voter

Liberal media "racists" are enabled by the looney left. James Schugel needs to be fired to set an example, but of course the example of Dan Rather lies getting Dan another show lets us know "lies in media are good for career growth" at WCCO, CBS and the liberal media world. WCCO needs to do cultural awareness of the asian community.

Enablers abound in this world. I'm sure I will be flamed by several like the fake MB and Mark Gisleson who attack with mean spirited spite, yet offer no logical arguments. Racism is deeply rooted in the liberal left and it is time they look in the mirror. If all they have is personal attacks they have already lost the argument. Fake MB and MG: Do you condone this racism?

green23
green23

Your entire "moderate", independent voter act is stale. We have sat through months of your off-topic, crazed, right-wing rants. Who are you trying to fool here?

You are engaging in a feeble and doomed effort to convince people who are unfamiliar with you that you are some kind of disillusioned Democrat who plans to vote Republican 'this time". You hope, by fraud and distortion, to turn CP into some kind of recruitment base for your right-wing agenda.

You wrote:"If all they have is personal attacks they have already lost the argument."

Buddy, you've spent months personally attacking every writer at CP, numerous commenters here, Klobuchar, Obama, Franken, and Dayton. You've lost the argument long ago. You've personally attacked me a number of times.

This idea that you are some kind of restrained, logical, fact-based person who would never even insult anyone is hilarious to anyone familiar with you.

You continually try to use race as an issue to drive people toward the Republican agenda. Want an example? Sure, here's one:

"Latino's need to understand that they are being used as tools of the Obama and democrat administrations. Go VOTE Republican and show both parties you are willing to join them."  http ://tinyurl. com/76rrhft

On top of that, you hide behind over a dozen different identities so that you can deny that "you" said something in particular, but it's all there on disqus under your profile. Why all of the deception?

And you LIE continually. You say that you voted for Obama. You also say that you voted for McCain. You claim to be a strong Tea Party supporter, but also claim not to be a supporter at all. You say that you voted for Dayton, but you're a complete right-wing ideologue that constantly parrots every right-wing narrative, and you have posted for months about how you viscerally despise Dayton.

You wrote:"copywriters didn't bother to question an age old racist comment that "asians eat dog"."

They DO eat dog. I've spoken with Hmong, Vietnamese, and Laotians who admit to eating dog in their native countries.

It's also very odd how your incessant critique of media "racism" NEVER includes right-wing news outlets like Fox News. Why is that, moderate and independent Mn Voter?

Michele Bachmann
Michele Bachmann

Yes, I condone a racist bigot like you trolling and falsely using the word racist.  Maybe if you didn't constantly post evil racist things you would have some credibility when you criticize WCCO.   

Natalie
Natalie

What makes you point to the left? People of all ideologies, religions, and yes, races, are racist.

Mn Voter
Mn Voter

I agree Natalie, but according to the fake MB below and others that post here - the left is not racist. They want to believe it is impossible for anyone on the left to be racist. Unfortunately they enable idiots in the media to continue spewing hateful stories like wcco and laugh about it.

green23
green23

A few of Mn Voter's "greatest hits" for those of you unfamiliar with the right-wing nut-job:

"I might be conservative but I never lie."  http ://tinyurl. com/86pr92j

"Nice try you liberal misfit. (by the way, I'm a moderate, voted for McCain and am not a TeaParty person)."  http ://tinyurl. com/78ep9gh

"As a long time Republican (strong TParty leanings) we need to know when we have won."  http ://tinyurl. com/bvvqny5

"No I voted for O'bama and am one of those independents everyone wants around election time." http ://tinyurl. com/bu5bj4g

"Anyone voting for a democrat is a war criminal and murderer."  http ://tinyurl. com/7lc2nvw

"It will be painful for you to learn that I was a democrat."  http ://tinyurl. com/7pyqvv7

"I live in the 6th district and will vote early and often for Michele Bachmann."   http ://tinyurl. com/7tvlra3

"Next election I vote early and often. I know I can get away with voting at least 5 times. Anything is takes to re-elect Bachmann...Anything it takes to win!"  http ://tinyurl. com/6pu75up

"As far as Sharia-Law, that will be the call to arms for me and millions of others. It will be a bloody civil war that we will win."  http ://tinyurl. com/77sruch

green23
green23

Mn Voter:"I might be conservative but I never lie." http ://tinyurl. com/86pr92j

"No I voted for O'bama and am one of those independents everyone wants around election time." http ://tinyurl. com/bu5bj4g

"Nice try you liberal misfit. (by the way, I'm a moderate, voted for McCain and am not a TeaParty person)." http ://tinyurl. com/78ep9gh

"I live in the 6th district and will vote early and often for Michele Bachmann." http ://tinyurl. com/7tvlra3

"Yes I voted for her and I will put my 32 SAT, 212 IQ and Ph.D up against any of you idiots" http ://tinyurl. com/7a9x5ej

"Next election I vote early and often. I know I can get away with voting at least 5 times. Anything is takes to re-elect Bachmann." http ://tinyurl. com/6pu75u

"i voted for Dayton because he said he would not shut down the government." http ://tinyurl. com/7qqymjr

"Great Job, Michele Bachmann. Way to represent Minnesota! If your on the Republican Ticket in 2012, I will vote for you." http ://tinyurl. com/7lz2n8h

"In two years we will have President Bachmann! Yeah." http ://tinyurl. com/7ea4axj 

"It will be painful for you to learn that I was a democrat." http ://tinyurl. com/7pyqvv7

"I would pull the voting lever without any hesitation for Herman Cain." http ://tinyurl. com/83qun7v

"I support Ron Paul." http ://tinyurl. com/7ju7zsj

"Say it over and over again. President Bachmann, President Bachman, President Bachmann - the first WOMAN president. Smarter than the current bozo you sexist. Clearly you have exposed your sexist, bigoted and evil thinking." http ://tinyurl. com/7hlkltd

"I have multiple degrees in math and science including advance degree's and will accept any challenge anyone here backs up with real money (gold). Of course you idiots don't believe in gold!" http ://tinyurl.com/7v9khft

"Fucking Saddam is dead and the middle east is rolling the dictators over. Way to go Bush!" http ://tinyurl. com/74xs3xm

"Wondering if all you lefties have a clue that Obama has put us into a fourth war - Yemen this week!" http ://tinyurl.com/8742cn8

Yeah, he's a moderate, swing voter. He voted for McCain AND Obama, after all. You can't get more unbiased that that! And he's voting for Bachmann, Cain, AND Ron Paul! Why choose one when you can vote for them all?

In short, Mn Voter is a right-wing nut job who has acquired a habit of defecating all over this blog for several months. Now he is trying to pretend that he is a moderate, swing voter who is going to vote Republican "this time", in a feeble attempt to appeal to independents.

Don't be fooled by this fraud with 16 different identities.

Mark Gisleson
Mark Gisleson

Which is why Mn Voter feels obliged to engage in drive-by slanders against those he/she disagrees with. Troll is a very kind word for such an ugly person, despite Mn Voter's obvious proficiency as a one-handed typist.

Michele Bachmann
Michele Bachmann

Well he points to the left because he is a stupid troll that loves to show the world how mentally ill he is by posting to a public website.   I hope he really is a crazy person because otherwise he is aware of what a hypocrite he is.  If he is actually capable of consistent and coherent thinking than he is posting his stupid filth knowing full well how hateful he is against Muslims, homosexuals, and anyone else that doesn't look like him.  When a racist bigot like MnVoter accuses others of being racist he doesn't do it out of compassion or respect of a serious issue but instead does it to diminish the word and accusation.  People need to be aware of that hate that drives people like MnVoter hence racist and bigot are words that should always have meaning.    The best thing to do is insult, mock and ridicule him.  It's also important people know the stuff MnVoter typically posts.  He's typical of the stupid hateful mean bigots that make up the Republican party these days.  

green23
green23

"When a racist bigot like MnVoter accuses others of being racist he doesn't do it out of compassion or respect of a serious issue but instead does it to diminish the word and accusation."

Spot on! Really.

And he's already on record as saying that racism doesn't exist, and that it's just being used as a tool by the Left. http ://tinyurl. com/7ntby3m

"That old tired "genocide thing " belongs in the trash heap of history. Along with Racism. The country has the 1st black president, the #1 entertainer "Oprah" who makes billions. It is long past time making me pay for past injustice that I had nothing to do with. Your turning me into a Racist."

No, wait, that was "Mn Neutral", not "Mn Voter" (wink, wink). It just shows up on disqus as him. It's all part of the liberal conspiracy, of course.

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