Betsy Hodges's spox blasts KSTP for report about tension between mayor and Chief Harteau

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On the record, Hodges and Harteau say they have a good working relationship, but KSTP's anonymous sources see things differently.
Mayor Betsy Hodges's spokesperson, Kate Brickman, laid into KSTP last night for a report about purported tension between her boss and Minneapolis Police Chief Janeé Harteau.

In "Minneapolis Mayor, Police Chief Deny Tense Working Relationship," Jay Kolls cites "multiple" unnamed sources who tell him the two "don't get along very well." He says the beef the two had about police body cameras while Hodges was on the campaign trial marked the beginning of their rift. But Brickman thinks the real story is about how gender bias colors KSTP's coverage.

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Here's what Brickman said on Facebook:
Ever wonder what it's like to be a woman leader? Let me sum it up for you. You can't be another woman's boss without someone asking if you're "the best of friends right now." Yes. Real question.

Oh. And if you say you have a good partnership with someone, but [someone] who doesn't work with either of you claims otherwise, you have a story about how taxpayers should be concerned.

Disgusting. Please alert me the next time a reporter asks a male mayor if he is "the best of friends" with his police chief.
She also sounded off on Twitter: For what it's worth, Brickman was far from the only person who had that reaction to Kolls's piece: For what it's worth, both KSTP's news director and assistant news director -- Lindsay Radford and Anne Wittenborg, respectively -- are women.

Send your story tips to the author, Aaron Rupar. Follow him on Twitter @atrupar.





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James Rodriguez
James Rodriguez

The fact that Harteau doesn't want officers to have cameras on them worries me. No accountability. I don't trust the MPLS police. She is not helping me find any trust. MPLS COPS = CORRUPT!

Cathy Harrison
Cathy Harrison

KSTP is all about sensationalism, not real reporting.

Robert Cousineau
Robert Cousineau

News journalists are about as corrupt as the political idiots they write about. Babel.

David Lloyd
David Lloyd

I would hardly give credit to kstp for honest journalism.

Tyler Chip Moody Suter
Tyler Chip Moody Suter

Ugh - anonymous sources are the worst. There are times when anonymous sources are inevitable and, ultimately, important, but this is DEFINITELY not one of those cases.

Craig R
Craig R

it's tough to grow a city when people are afraid of the criminals and the cops

Matt Sherman
Matt Sherman

She has a right to pissed at the MPD. Downtown Minneapolis is a complete shit show outside of working hours. It's the worst I've ever seen it and I've been here almost daily since 98-99.

Craig R
Craig R

yeah right. Hodges is pissed at the cops. You can tell just by the way she acts. Can't get the votes, when people are getting their ass kicked by the cops

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

What's a spox? 

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

@kurt124 Kurt124 is a convicted pedophile. He hates homosexuality because he wrongly confuses his love for little boys with normal sex between consenting adults. He often disappears from the comment boards for long periods when he is either in jail, treatment or mentally indisposed. I pity him and hope he gets the help he so desperately needs. But please Kurt, leave the little boys alone.  

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@kurt124 It's amazing how you conservatives resemble a Klan these days.    That comment section proves what stupid bigots conservatives are.  No wonder the DFL is kicking ass.    Why does that picture outrage you creeps so much?   Just blind hate for Muslims.   You aren't a patriot.  Bigots like you don't understand what makes the United States so special.  Bigots like you are always the losers of history.  

whereisthiskidsdad
whereisthiskidsdad

Other than not arresting people who are clearly selling drugs what exactly have you see? Serious question, it seems like they are just letting people do whatever illegal thing they want but I thought it was just me. 

WatusiJenkins
WatusiJenkins

@MicheleBachmann If you lived your degenerate gay lifestyle in any Muslim country, you would be stoned to death or beheaded. And if Muslims could have their way here in America, they would do the same to you. Get your fucking head out of your ass.

kurt124
kurt124 topcommenter

@digitalprotocol @MNjoe All Liberals hate each other and everything. Could it be that the lesbian Police Chief does not take kindly to a Hijab Burka cultural pandering DemocRAT mayor?   The "first GBLT"  police chief knows what the Muslims think of and how they treat deviant acts like homosexuality.   Meanwhile the mayor loves to put on a hijab to get into a room full of Muslim men.

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

@kurt124 @digitalprotocol @MNjoe that makes them a rat?  i doubnt the mayor likes wearing a hijab, get yer head out of your ass...


you probably pander the shit out of your pastor every sunday

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

@kurt124 you prob dont even live in henn county


you prob go to church every sunday


what is your point here?  that you hate muslims? everyone does dummy

kurt124
kurt124 topcommenter

@digitalprotocol @kurt124 That was actually funny. Yes I live in Hennepin County in South Mpls!   Funny that you hate that I go to church.  Point being I love it when there is fighting among Progressives like the mayor and police chief.   An idiot that wears a hijab to show she's down with the struggle.  What a loser.  Keep on hating digital. 

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

@kurt124 Doesn't your church try to stop you from molesting little boys? Or are you a Catholic? 

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

@kurt124 the police chief is not a progressive you fool. 


the fact that you go to church and worship some dumb god makes anything you say totally invalid. there is no god you dumb bastard, you are being scammed by your pastor.


also, why do you think mpls would have a GOP mayor? that will never happen...


how is the mayor an idiot? seems like she crushed the competition and now holds much more power thatn some idiot church goer like you

kurt124
kurt124 topcommenter

@digitalprotocol @kurt124 Hahahahha you are hilariously hateful. I love it when you hate like that.  

Is it that you are an ugly loser, homosexual, raped by your Dad?   How did you get this way?    Of course our PC is a progressive.    An affirmative action progressive.  

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