The Star Tribune and WCCO wrote very different stories about Dayton's speech

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He's not as popular with the business community as the Strib's headline would lead you to believe.
Governor Dayton gave a speech to the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce last night, and depending on what you read, the takeaway was either that he got a standing ovation or a cold reception from the business community.

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Despite presumably being at the same event, the Star Tribune and WCCO wrote remarkably different stories about the tone of Dayton's speech and how it was received by the business community.

Here's the headline and an excerpt from Dee DePass's Strib report:

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The standing ovation Gov. Mark Dayton received in downtown St. Paul on Wednesday came from an unlikely group: the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce, a traditional foe of any tax-thumping politician.

But Wednesday was far from ordinary. It was the Chamber's annual Day at the Capitol, where Dayton addressed more than 600 members who were thrilled that he abandoned a much-criticized business-to-business service tax last week.

"I give the governor credit," said Chamber President David Olson at the Crowne Plaza Hotel Wednesday. "He listened."

Polaris Industries Inc. CEO Scott Wine even modified his prepared remarks to the Chamber after learning the governor reversed course. "That would have been incredibly damaging," he said, referring to the business service tax.
Compare that with the headline and an excerpt from Pat Kessler's WCCO report:

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The governor unloaded on his Chamber of Commerce hosts and accused the business group of not telling the truth about the state of the state.

That turned the already cool reception even colder.

"I expect that the chamber will oppose it," Dayton said. "All I ask is that you oppose it with the facts."

Gov. Dayton told a stunned luncheon audience that Minnesota is among the best places for business in the country, contrary to the Chamber's message.
Read the entirety of both pieces and judge for yourself, but we agree with a point Jeff Kolb made on Twitter -- the Strib's headline is technically accurate, but misleading, as it makes it seem as though Dayton's speech received a warm reception from the Chamber when in fact the opposite is closer to the truth.

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keny1
keny1

"Gov. Dayton told a stunned luncheon audience that Minnesota is among the best places for business in the country"

Since when does Dayton do stand up?

swmnguy
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I have my doubts about Pat Kessler.  I found it very questionable indeed when he called Cullen Sheehan on his private cell phone during the Paul Wellstone Memorial service to gin up a controversy that gave the Republicans that election.  Kessler's role in the behind-the-scenes shenanigans regarding the Amy Koch/Michael Brodkorb scandal are very distasteful as well.  It appears Kessler helped spread stories around among GOP operatives; again to pump up a story.

I'm not saying Kessler is biased against Democrats.  I do suspect, on any story he reports, that he plays a dual role.  Whipping up a good story first, and then pretending to be a disinterested party reporting on it.  Maybe that's common journalistic practice.  I just don't think it passes any smell test, and everytime I see a Pat Kessler story, I wonder what his role really is.

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