Before the New York Times, David Carr Learned the Journalism Craft on Minneapolis Streets

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Brian Lambert

In the early 1980s, decades before David Carr became David Carr — the New York Times' authority on all things media, brash star of the documentary Page One, author of the drug-fueled memoir The Night of the Gun — he was an ambitious journalism student who had to talk his way into reporting classes at the University of Minnesota because he couldn't pass the 40-words-per-minute typing test. Over the next 15 years, Carr, who died tragically of lung cancer in the Times' office February 12, became a Minneapolis institution as a reporter and editor of the Twin Cities Reader, an alternative weekly that competed fiercely with City Pages until it shut down in 1997.

As a reporter, Carr brazenly investigated the darkest corners of the city: police brutality on the North Side, murders in gangland, and downtown politics. He had the gift of sight — the ability to see clearly the stories others could not — and the power of synthesis that allowed him to churn out long, complicated stories in one sitting at a typewriter. Carr influenced and later hired many young talented journalists, some of whom would go on to be among the best known in the Twin Cities.

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Native Minnesotan, Iconic New York Times Journalist David Carr Dead at 58

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RIP
David Carr, one of the nation's most revered and respected journalists, collapsed and died yesterday in the New York Times newsroom. He was 58.

The Hopkins native broke into journalism at the now-defunct alt weekly Twin Cities Reader in 1982 with an exposé on police brutality we dusted off and posted a few years back.

See also:
David Carr's 'First Big Break' in the Twin Cities Reader Revisited

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MPR Apologizes After "Goddamn" Lyric Profanes Prairie Home Companion

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It was motherfucking blasphemy
During Saturday night's live Prairie Home Companion show country singer Robbie Fulks sang the word "goddamn," prompting MPR to apologize before the show's Sunday replay, where it was bleeped.

Then the Star Tribune twisted itself into a pretzel shielding its readers from such "blasphemy."

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Michele Bachmann Says She Oozes Love For Garrison Keillor


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Al Franken Finds Unlikely Ally in Fight Against Comcast/Time-Warner Merger

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Does anyone think this is a good idea?
Al Franken has spent years railing against the proposed merger of Comcast and Time-Warner. As the regulatory approval process drags on, Franken and his lefty compatriots opposing the merger have picked up a few deep-pocketed allies from the right.

Republican Super PAC Conservative War Chest announced last week it will begin airing two-minute ads opposing the merger in five states because it would increase the power of "the nation's most powerful and even militant left-of-center political force."

See Also:
Comcast Is Terrible, Part 5,467

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Fox News Cries "Censorship!" in Full-Page Strib Ad Over Battle with Dish Network

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This is 100 percent about money
Your old, kinda racist grandpa may have noticed Fox News has been unavailable on Dish Network for the past three weeks.

That's because Dish Network decided to black out America's source of fair and balanced news until the two parties hammer out a new retransmission deal. With little progress made during that time, Fox decided to try to crank up the heat on Dish over the weekend.

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Jon Stewart Rips Fox News Over Coverage of Star Tribune Story


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Cable TV Continues to Crumble as ESPN Offers Streaming Web Subscription

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This is what watching ESPN will look like on Sling TV
One of the last dominoes to fall in breaking up cable television's unfair, ridiculous practice of bundling dozens of channels together fell today, when Dish Network announced its new Sling TV service will offer ESPN and ESPN2 as part of a streaming package sold for $20 per month.

Sling TV will be available as an app/streaming website in the same manner as HBO Go, which, by the way, is rolling out its new standalone streaming subscription in April -- just in time for the Game of Thrones premiere.

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Why Everyone's Streaming Music and Everyone's Happy


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George Will Gets "Lie of the Year" for Misreading U of M Ebola Article

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Conservative columnist George Will spouted an impressive amount of nonsense this year
Washington Post windbag George Will went on Fox News during the height of the Ebola scare and claimed the deadly disease could spread through airborne particles, much like the flu, directly contradicting medical experts.

When he was pressed to reveal his source, Will cited a University of Minnesota commentary taken completely out of context.

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No, the University of Minnesota Isn't Saying Ebola Is Suddenly Airborne

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The Top 10 of the Top 10 Lists That Declared Minnesota Fabulous This Year

Categories: Lists, Media

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Seems like Minnesota is in the top 10 of just about everything these days

If you've been paying attention over the last year, you know that we have it pretty darn good in Minnesota. It seems that every time new, dubiously researched national rankings come out, our fair state finds itself near the top.

We here at City Pages love telling you about it. That's because A) Minnesota is awesome and B) a wonderfully unreasonable number of people will click on any story that includes a list.

So without further adieu, here are the Top 10 top 10 lists Minnesota landed on in 2014:

See also:
Minnesota State Fair: Top 10 Places to Poop


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Internet Scandal Reveals Twin Cities Has Nation's Most Attractive People

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Miamians were initially named the best looking. Then the internet rose up like a really scary fish, scalding Travel + Leisure with criticism.
It all began so innocently. Travel + Leisure, the storied New York vacation magazine, had just released its latest internet list. "America's Most and Least Attractive People," based on a readers' poll, would bring a definitive end to the nation's most pressing debate.

At issue: which cities have really good looking people, and which towns are loaded with mutts.


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Society of Professional Journalists Calls Out KSTP for #Pointergate

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KSTP continues to get hammered for #pointergate

KSTP is still getting publicly pounded for #pointergate almost two weeks after the ill-fated segment aired.

Yesterday the Minnesota Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists (MNSPJ) issued a statement asking KSTP to disavow the story, calling it "fundamentally flawed and based on a faulty premise -- that a silly gesture made by the mayor in a candid photo amounted to a gang sign."

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#Pointergate Photos Point Fingers at KSTP

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