Glen Taylor, new Star Tribune owner, once paid $10k for a Bachmann-Palin photo op

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Taylor (center) vows to keep his politics out of the Strib newsroom.
Not only is the Star Tribune Minnesota's largest newspaper, but it also prints the state's number-two fish wrap. In other words, it has a lot of sway.

So the news that former Republican legislator Glen Taylor is buying the usually left-leaning Strib has some wondering aloud whether that means the paper will be moving to the right.

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For instance: Taylor built a reputation as a moderate Republican during his time in the legislature from 1981 to 1990, but he's been linked to more extreme elements in the party. For instance, four years ago, he shelled out $10,000 for a photo op with Michele Bachmann and Sarah Palin.

However, during an interview with WCCO yesterday, the owner of the Timberwolves and Lynx said he won't let his politics impact the tone of the Strib's coverage.

"I think that people that worked with me over at the legislature will know that I am a person who can take in many different viewpoints," he said.

Taylor won't comment on what he's paying for the Strib, but a media journalist who spoke to the New York Post estimates the Strib's sale price was about $100 million, and that the paper made about $30 million in profits last year.

But Taylor admits that buying the Strib isn't all about money. Asked by Fox 9's Tom Lyden whether the decision to purchase his home state's largest newspaper is about business or altruism, Taylor said, "If I had to put a number on it, I'd say, 50-50."

We called Taylor's office last week seeking comment on rumors he was interested in buying the Strib, but he never got back to us. As you'd expect, the Strib itself broke the news of the purchase agreement.

-- Follow Aaron Rupar on Twitter at @atrupar. Got a tip? Drop him a line at arupar@citypages.com.



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Dan Mason
Dan Mason

Only idiots read Star Tribune so who cares.

Dave Zuercher
Dave Zuercher

This political contribution clearly trumps the millions of dollars he donated the hospital in Mankato.

midwestexplorer81
midwestexplorer81 topcommenter

So called liberal politicians vote for stadium funding as much as any other politicians.

kezaezy
kezaezy

Here's an example of how Republican, Glen Taylor 'takes in many different viewpoints: as owner of the Timberwolves, he had an all white starting-five in the NBA, which is 75 percent black! How many viewpoints do you count? I count only one.

Bindibop
Bindibop

"I think that people that worked with me over at the legislature will know that I am a person who can take in many different viewpoints," he said."

That's not how Republicans roll. The way they do roll is to flash their Ultra Bright teeth, promise to be open minded, inclusive, 'uniters not dividers' ... all the while amassing an army comprised of super rich Generals and super stupid soldiers, whose only mission is to obtain more wealth and more power for the super rich Generals ... squeezing out Planet Earth's last remaining precious resources.... creating misery, squalor, oppression and disease for every living thing.

Jeff Huinker
Jeff Huinker

I hope he keeps F-Minus in the comic section.

mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

I pose this question to anybody who thinks this is a big deal: If you were as rich as Glen Taylor, which two women would it be ok for you to pay for a photo op?

CinBlueland
CinBlueland topcommenter

I'd be more concerned about him buying losing orgs.. The Wolves suck, and the Strib has been bleeding money and subscribers for years. What's next the NorthStar commuter rail line?

Justin Olson
Justin Olson

Oh god. The Pioneer Press went right years ago. I hope the Strib doesn't as well.

digitaldeath
digitaldeath

sounds like a fantasy photo for him...those bitches are HOT

Erich Pink
Erich Pink

Why did Cheech buy the news paper?

jurt.00
jurt.00

Oh god, I hope the Strib doesn't take a direction to the right. 

Jake Wood
Jake Wood

this is NOT a bad thing and people are freaking out over it??? im not (completely) a supporter of bachman but the liberal jerk-off session thats about to go down because this guy wanted to simply take a FREAKIN picture is hilarious. he just wants a pic, you libs support bachmans celebrity-status/persona more than anyone. else. in. this. state!

Daniel Wolter
Daniel Wolter

And CityPages reporters are all Leftists. What's the point?

John Quast
John Quast

Opinions I disagree with scare me. People who think other than I do shouldn't be allowed in the media.

Guy Wright
Guy Wright

Nbd. Target contributes exactly 50/50 In campaign $contributions$ over course Taylor plays both sides he's a billionaire..

Craig R
Craig R

This make Fox News liberal

today
today

he's also buying the strib so...... 

mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

@Bindibop  ...but democrats do all that too. So in reality, you have nothing to say.

Alirox
Alirox

I'll give you 10 bucks, Ming, if you stretch Hilary Clinton's worn pantyhose over your head.

digitaldeath
digitaldeath

@mingtran  if i was that rich id be buying women from russia


-digitalprotocol = digitaldeath due to the BS sign in system

MikeMpls
MikeMpls

@mingtran  Gwen Stephani and that chick from the Progressive insurance commercials. Both in leather gear with whips.

kezaezy
kezaezy

You are correct, MikeMpls. Also, Michelle Bachman isn't of sound mind, climate change isn't a hoax and the ACA isn't a disaster. Thanks for playing, Captain Obvious.

mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

@digitaldeath  Women from Russia tend to be the most scandalous hoes on the planet... but they do look good doing it. Sleep with them, just don't let them sleep over; your dick might be gone in the morning, or you might not wake up at all. If you want a nice foreign wife, I hear the SE Azn route is best.

mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

@MikeMpls Flo is a bitch. I'd pay to yell at her, not take a photo with her. Creative picks, nonetheless.

mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

@ChazDanger I don't think you know the meaning of ironic, pussy-boy handle and profile pic

mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

@kezaezy  a lot of bitches think I'm overly chauvinistic 

kezaezy
kezaezy

Wow, a mysongonist too.

You're quite a catch, Mingtran. (That part is sarcasm).

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